Excerpts from Elin Nordegren interview with People


Some excerpts from Elin Nordegren’s interview with People magazine. Nordegren’s divorce from Tiger Woods was finalized Monday.

On Woods’ infidelities:

“I’m so embarrassed that I never suspected – not a one. For the past 3 1/2 years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school.”

On her feelings when she first learned Woods was unfaithful:

“Absolute shock and disbelief. I felt stupid as more things were revealed – how could I not have known anything? The word betrayal isn’t strong enough.”

On the last nine months, since Woods’ infidelities were revealed:

“I’ve been through hell. It’s hard to think you have this life, and then all of a sudden – was it a lie? You’re struggling because it wasn’t real. But I survived. It was hard, but it didn’t kill me.”

On speculation she hit Woods the night of his accident that triggered the revelations about his behavior:

“There was never any violence inside or outside our home. The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous. Tiger left the house that night, and after a while when he didn’t return, I got worried and decided to go look for him. That’s when I found him in the car. I did everything I could to get him out of the locked car.”

On why she is speaking out now:

“Before today I haven’t felt ready, but now I see it as a step toward putting it behind me. … I have no intention of addressing these matters again after this interview.”

On whether she’ll be able to forgive Woods:

“Forgiveness takes time. It is the last step of the grieving process. I am going to be completely honest and tell you that I am working on it. I know I will have to come to forgiveness and acceptance of what has happened for me to go on and be happy in the future. And I know I will get there eventually.”