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Elin Nordegren is the former wife of Tiger Woods, and mother to his two children.
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The magazine claimed that she had posed naked, and that images of her appeared on pornographic websites. She and her husband fought these allegations in court, and won. They were awarded $183,250 in the case. That same year, Woods suffered a great personal loss when his father died of cancer.
Nordegren and Woods welcomed their first child, daughter Sam Alexis, in June 2007. They continued to grow their family with the arrival of son Charlie Axel in February 2009. Later that year, however,
Nordegren's seemingly happy family life was upended by the discovery of her husband's infidelity. The news surfaced after a strange incident that November.
In the early hours of November 27, 2009, Woods crashed his car into a pole just outside the driveway of his family's Florida home. The back window of the car had been smashed out. A neighbor called the police to report the incident. Woods claimed that his wife broke the back window with a golf club to help rescue him from the vehicle. Rumors swirled, however, that she had damaged the car out of anger. News of Woods' relationship with Rachel Uchitel, a New York City club hostess, soon surfaced.
Nordegren remained silent in the following days and weeks, as a number of other women stepped forward to admit that they had been involved with her husband as well. The only public statement she made during this time was a letter to the other parents at her daughter's preschool, written with her husband. Together they apologized to the parents for "any inconvenience you are experiencing due to the increased media scrutiny surrounding our children," according to People magazine.
While Woods has undergone treatment, and publicly apologized for his affairs, Nordegren continued with divorce proceedings. She bought a home near Stockholm shortly after her husband's dalliances became public, and she chose to spend her 30th birthday with her twin sister, skiing in the French Alps in January 2010. When Woods went to play at the Masters golf tournament in April, Nordegren chose not to attend. She traveled with the children to Sweden, and to visit her brother in Shanghai.
In August 2010, the couple's divorce was finalized. Nordegren recieved custody of both children, and a settlement of $750 million from Woods—one of the largest divorce settlements in American history.
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