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Elin Woods rumoured to be seeking a divorce

Elin Nordegren, the Swedish model who married Tiger Woods in 2004, will divorce the billionaire golf star following the sex scandal that has halted his career, according to media reports Wednesday.

ABC News, NBC News and People magazine, all citing unnamed sources close to Nordegren, reported that she will split with Woods following his admission of infidelity and reports that at least 14 women had affairs with the golf icon.

"Divorce is 100 percent on," ABC News' website reported a source saying. "She's not rushing to divorce, however. She's going to take her sweet time. She wants all the dirty laundry to be out on the table before she signs anything."

The mother of Tiger's children -- two-year-old daughter Sam and 10-month-old son Charlie -- has met with lawyers to renegotiate her prenuptial agreement with Woods, People magazine reported.

"She plans to leave Tiger," one source was quoted as saying. "She has made up her mind. There's nothing to think about: he's never going to change," another source reportedly said.

NBC News reported that Nordegren's recent trips to a gas station and Thai restaurant without her wedding ring were meant to signal her plans.

"She and Tiger are living separately now but she'll be making this split very open and official right after Christmas," NBC reported one source as saying.

"Elin is not going to be one of these 'stand by her man' women," another source told NBC. "This is beyond embarrassing, and she has a daughter and son she has to think about, who will know about this one day.

"Forgiveness isn't exactly around the corner."

Nordegren has bought a beachfront estate on an island near Stockholm and several websites reported Nordegren talked with movers at the mansion she shared with Woods near Orlando.

"She's making plans to move out and take the kids with her," the New York Post quoted an unnamed source as saying. "She's planning to go somewhere warm and Tiger-free for Christmas."

Entertainment gossip website TMZ reported Wednesday that Nordegren, 29, is also near a marketing deal with Puma, a rival of Nike, which is the foremost sponsor to announce it will support Woods, even as Accenture has cut ties with him and several others are reassessing their deals.

Woods has put his career on indefinite hold "to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person," but US magazine reported he has remained in contact with Rachel Uchitel, whose tabloid-exposed fling three weeks ago began the firestorm.

"They are not over," a source told US, adding that Woods paid her three million dollars to stay silent about their relationship but continues to send her text messages.

Woods and Uchitel are both reportedly in West Palm Beach, Florida, where Uchitel has family and Woods has a 22 million-dollar yacht named "Privacy".

Along with his squeaky clean image being shattered, Woods faced trouble on a new front, as a Canadian doctor who treated Woods in February for a knee injury was charged with trafficking an unapproved drug.

Mark Steinberg, Woods's agent, told ABC News that the treatment his client received from Anthony Galea was proper and "to suggest some connection with illegality is recklessly irresponsible."

Galea treated several athletes, notably Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey and Dara Torres, a 42-year-old US swimmer who has competed in five Olympics, amid reports he faces US and Canadian probes over performance-enhancing drugs.

There was some good news for Woods on Wednesday.

Woods was named Athlete of the Decade in a vote by member editors of the Associated Press, more than half of his 56 votes returned to the US-based news agency after the November 27 car crash that began his downfall.

The construction firm building "Tiger Woods Dubai", a golf course and housing development, said it is committed to finishing the project, which includes the first course designed by Woods.

Woods also received support from former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told US that his message to Woods was, "Hang in there."

Giuliani, whose 16-year marriage collapsed in 2000 amid accusations of adultery, praised Woods for kindness to his son at a golf outing and added, "We know he's going to get through it."

 

December 16, 2009




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