Tiger Woods and his wife officially officially divorced on Monday, nine months after his middle-of-the night car crash outside his home set off shocking revelations that the world’s most famous and richesh athlete had been cheating on his beautiful young wife.
Both attended Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Florida so that the divorce agreement could be executed. Details of the financial settlement Miss Nordegren will receive have not been revealed, however, estimates range from $100 million (£65 million) to $750 million (£480 million).
Although she could have pushed for a half share in the disgraced golfer’s $1 billion (£650million) fortune, 30-year-old Elin reportedly agreed on the lower sum to avoid a messy, drawn-out court battle.
In any case experts have said the settlement could be one of the largest in celebrity history, dwarfing the $150m (£100 million) paid by Michael Jordan, the basketball star, to his former wife Juanita.
She signed a prenuptial agreement when they wed in 2006, but it was renegotiated in the wake of the sex scandal as Woods tried desperately to save his marriage following his affairs with up to 19 women.
In a statement Woods and Miss Nordegren said: “We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future.
“While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us.
“Once we came to the decision that our marriage was at an end, the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure their future wellbeing.”
The couple have two children, Sam Alexis, 3, and one-year-old Charlie Axel.
In their statement they went on: “The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern.”
A source close to Miss Nordegren, 30, said: “She’s feeling OK about all this. She’s been through hell but handled herself with such dignity. And now she’s got a whole new life ahead of her.”
Woods and Miss Nordegren will share parenting of their children, and Miss Nordegren will re-assume her maiden name of Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren.
Both have gone through a four-hour parenting course as they prepare to look after their children separately, according to the TMZ.
The divorce comes nine months after the golfer crashed his car into a tree in the early hours of the morning outside their home in Orlando last November, setting off an explosive flurry of lurid revelations about his cheating with a string of mistresses.
He then lost several major sponsors after the sordid allegations became public. He is thought to have lost up to $35 million (£23 million) in sponsorship money following last year’s sex scandal.
In a televised statement in February he admitted being unfaithful and said he had been “selfish and stupid”. The scandal led to Woods taking a five-month sabbatical from golf to seek rehabilitation treatment for sex addiction.
Friends said the couple are back on speaking terms because they are determined to raise their children together without living under the shadow of his misbehaviour.
They reportedly travelled together to court yesterday in a private jet for the half-hour flight from Orlando, where they both still live in separate mansions.
Elin will get to keep the waterfront estate where the family lived before the scandal. Miss Nordegren, 30, a former swimwear model from Sweden, has also bought a £1.5million hideaway on a Swedish island to use as a holiday home.
In return for the massive financial payout, Miss Nordegren has allegedly agreed to stay silent about her marriage. In return, she has barred Woods from exposing their children to any of his girlfriends. Only in the event of him marrying again would the woman be allowed around the children, according to reports.
Between 11 and 19 women are said to have come forward claiming to have had an affair with the Number One world golfer, referred to on court documents by his real name Eldrick Tont Woods.
The first, Rachel Uchitel, was said to have been paid more than £6million in return for a confidentiality agreement.
After the divorce hearing, lawyer Gloria Allred, who represented several of the golfer’s alleged mistresses, said: “Tiger Woods’s marriage appeared to be over long before it became final today. He has broken his wife’s heart and the hearts of many others.”
“His apparent lack of honesty in his relationships doomed his marriage and caused a break that could not be repaired. Tiger can begin again but he should never forget the human wreckage that he has left behind,” she added. [via Daily Mail (UK), Telegraph (UK) and People Magazine]