“I’m so embarrassed that I never suspected—not a one.For the last 3 1/2 years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school.” The final exam for a summer course toward her bachelor’s degree in psychology was looming — and both kids were battling a fever — when, on Aug.
But opening a window into her private thoughts was not a decision she came to easily.
In this moment, she and Tiger Woods are simply two parents working together, discussing when Sam, 3, last ran a fever and how long Charlie, 19 months, napped that afternoon. 23 execution of the couple’s divorce agreement, the fiercely private golden girl married almost six years to the world’s most famous athlete legally reclaimed her identity as Elin (pronounced EE-lin) Nordegren and hoped that healing the more profound hurts—those she won’t let her children see—would begin.
Sam, all smiles, wiggles to be put down so she can make her presentation: a pink Barbie Band-Aid that she tenderly places over a spot between her mother’s eyebrows. About walking away with a settlement that neither she nor Woods will disclose but is estimated to be more than 0 million (nowhere near the rumored 0 million, which would be the bulk of Woods’ net worth), Nordegren says plainly, “Money can’t buy happiness.” She pauses.
15, she invited a PEOPLE reporter to the rented Windermere, Fla., home where she, Sam and Charlie have lived since the end of December.
In 19 hours over four visits, Nordegren opened up about what she was feeling in the crucible that was her life these past nine months.