Interview: Woods' ex-wife went 'through hell'

This Oct. 11, 2009, file photo, shows Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, at the closing ceremonies for the Presidents Cup in San Francisco, Calif. Golf's biggest star on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, will address the shocking and sordid sex scandal that has consumed his life since late November then will return to the clinic where he has been undergoing therapy, according to a letter from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Scot Tucker, File)
August 25, 2010 6:38:26 AM PDT
Tiger Woods' ex-wife Elin Nordegren said she has "been through hell" since her husband's infidelity surfaced but she never hit him, according to an interview released Wednesday. Nordegren told People magazine she and Woods tried for months to reconcile the relationship. In the end, a marriage "without trust and love" wasn't good for anyone, she said.

On Thanksgiving night outside their Florida home, Woods drove his SUV over a fire hydrant and into a tree, setting off shocking revelations that sports' biggest star had been cheating on his wife through multiple affairs. The couple officially divorced Monday.

Nordegren told People that she never hit Woods on the night of the car crash.

"There was never any violence inside or outside our home," she said. "The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous."

Nordegren said Woods left the house that night and when he didn't return after a while, she got worried and went to look for him. She said that's when she found him in the car.

"I did everything I could to get him out of the locked car," she said. "To think anything else is absolutely wrong."

The magazine said the interview was conducted over four visits lasting a total of 19 hours at the rented Windermere, Fla., home where she now lives with their two children.

"I've been through hell," she said. "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."

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday morning, People magazine reporter Sandra Sobieraj Westfall says Nordegren and her team approached the magazine.

Westfall says Nordegren wanted people to know three things: she's not violent and never hit Woods; she had no idea this was going on; and this was a real marriage for her.

Nordegren and Woods were married Oct. 5, 2004, in Barbados and have a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and an 18-month-old son, Charlie. In the interview, Nordegren would not disclose the amount of the divorce settlement but did say "money can't buy happiness or put my family back together."

"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."

Woods, who's playing in golf tournament in New Jersey this week, has not yet commented on the couple's divorce.


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