It’s not official until it’s on Facebook, as the old social media maxim goes.
After months of speculation, Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn made their relationship official today, posting statements and pictures online.
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn confirmed Monday that they are dating, and then asked for privacy because they want to live, in Woods’s words, “as an ordinary couple.”
Woods announced the pair’s long-rumored relationship with a Facebook photo album that got widespread attention Monday after this rather stilted tweet to his three million Twitter followers.
Woods, 37, was a wunderkind golfer feted on national television at age 2 who became the world’s most celebrated athlete until his serial adultery was exposed, leading to a divorce and a spectacular fall from grace three years ago.
Vonn, 28, is a Minnesota-bred, suburban-sheltered ski racer who married her first serious boyfriend and led a tame, predictable personal life until she unexpectedly moved to divorce that first love 16 months ago.
Woods’ Facebook post gave fans a bit more back story on the sports love connection:
“This season has been great so far, and I’m happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that’s happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn.
Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating.
We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.”
In her turn Vonn made a simultaneous post on her page:
“I guess it wasn’t a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods.
Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy.
I don’t plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends. Thank you for understanding and your continued support! xo LV”
Vonn, who for years has been open when discussing her personal life, turned uncharacteristically evasive in succeeding months when pressed about a relationship with Woods.
Rumors of a relationship heated up early last month when Woods sent his private jet to fly Vonn home to Vail, Colo., after a crash at the Alpine World Championships in Austria left her with torn ligaments in her right knee and a fractured shin.
Since then, the pair has only grown closer, spending time together in Vai, where Vonn is recuperating from surgery, and most recently, in Florida aboard Woods’s yacht, writes the People Magazine.
The post included four professionally composed pictures that were in the style of an engagement announcement or of high school prom portraits without the corsages.
They look very normal — in a chance meeting sort of way. Except Woods and Vonn are two of the most renowned athletes in the world, traveling in contrasting, highly-scrutinized circles, who would not normally bump into one another, writes the NY Times.