Would you believe it has almost been ten years since the world was rocked by the scandal-storm of Tiger Woods’ multiple affairs? And when we say multiple, we are talking about almost 120 women whom the famous golf champ was linked to during his marriage with Elin Nordegren. Naturally, the shocking news led to their divorce, which was finalized in 2010.
Elin dropped out of the public view entirely after the scandal finally wrapped up, and even the nosiest gossip mags seemed unable to find any scoops on her. So, you’re not alone if you’ve wondered from time to time where the former Mrs. Woods is now and how she’s been faring since the divorce. Lucky for you, we are here to satisfy your curiosity. Read on to find out what Elin Nordegren did with herself after the dust of her messy divorce settled, and of course, you’ll get to see what she looks like today.
Elin Nordegren’s Pre-Tiger Woods Days
Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren, born on January 1, 1980, hails from Stockholm, Sweden. Her mother, Barbro Holmberg, is a politician; while her father, Thomas Nordegren, is a radio journalist. Both of them are influential public figures in their country. Elin has two siblings: an older brother named Axel and a twin sister named Josefin.
Though their parents were minor celebrities, Elin and Josefin weren’t spoiled. Instead, they learned to earn their keep. The twins worked odd jobs, such as being supermarket cashiers, in order to pay for their education. This hard work paid off for Elin in many ways, eventually giving her the discipline needed to graduate with honors from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, four years after her divorce from Tiger. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Her Big Break: Cover Girl
This girl is truly the epitome of beauty and brains, and even when she was a youngster, she displayed an impressive balance of both traits. Way before her graduation, and even before Tiger Woods came into her life, Nordegren was already making a name for herself in the world of modeling. In fact, she did her first photo-shoot back in 2000.
It didn’t take long before she was chosen as the cover girl of the Swedish men’s magazine, Cafe Sport. This would cement her career and reputation as a model in her native country, but this wasn’t what would make her famous globally. That moment would take a few more years.
In 2001, Nordegren worked in a clothing store in Stockholm called Champagne. This was where she came across Mia Parnevik, the wife of renowned Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. Parnevik invited Nordegren to work for the family as the kids’ nanny. Little did she know this would set her on a life-changing path.
Accepting the job meant having to move to the United States. Curious as to what awaited her in the US, Elin packed her bags, said goodbye to her family, and flew with the Parneviks to the Land of Liberty. Upon arriving, it didn’t take long for Elin to make waves.
Her Beauty Did Not Go Unnoticed
While some people feel uncomfortable being the new girl, Elin Nordegren isn’t “some people,” and she didn’t have a single moment of awkwardness. The Parneviks introduced the Swedish gal to the world of sports, and it welcomed her with arms wide open, pushing her ever closer to worldwide fame and stardom.
Several single golfers took interest in the stunning girl, and can you blame them? Just take a look at this photo and tell us she isn’t drop-dead gorgeous! It’s really not surprising that so many men pined for her. And yet her path would lead her to the most successful golfer of the modern era.
Tiger Woods Was No Exception
Just like the many golfers who were mesmerized by Nordegren’s beauty, so too was Tiger Woods. However, Nordegren was already dating someone else when she met Woods. Naturally, when the handsome golfer asked her out on a date, she did the right thing and declined the multi-award-winning champion’s advances.
That did not stop Tiger Woods, though. It seemed like the renowned golfer was really smitten by Elin Nordegren’s beauty and brains, so he refused to take no for an answer. He kept asking her out for more than a year, and eventually, his persistence and perseverance paid off – big time.
The Two Started Dating
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren first met nearly two decades ago, way back in 2001. The two were introduced by the Parneviks at the British Open. Since that moment, they were set on a path that would make both names known worldwide – in both good and bad ways.
In hindsight, Mia Parnevik felt quite guilty for having introduced Nordegren to Tiger Woods. In her defense, however, she and her husband had no idea about Tiger’s proclivity for having affairs. In fact, it seemed like no-one even had the slightest suspicion. This is why fans and friends alike were so shocked when the news broke.
The couple went out for three years, going on multiple whirlwind dates that some would consider to be straight out of a fairy tale. In 2003, Tiger Woods asked for Elin Nordegren’s hand in marriage at a prestigious and luxurious holiday destination in South Africa called Shamwari Game Reserve.
Elin Nordegren was understandably over the moon! In her mind, she was finally going to see what “happily ever after” looked like. Her future seemed as bright as a fairy tale. Little did she (and everyone else) know that a monumental heartbreak and global scandal were looming.
The Supportive Wife
Elin Nordegren was right behind Tiger Woods as the golf legend famously took home the 2005 Masters. As the ever-popular saying goes, behind every successful man is a powerful woman. In this case, the success was great and there certainly was a strong woman behind the man.
Tiger Woods told reporters back then that he and Elin were solid and that they handled any issues that came their way with the same professionalism they’d take to their work. At this point, it seemed like the marriage was rock solid and Elin Nordegren was on top of the world.