Elin stands by her man

DESPITE having at least 13 good reasons to walk out the door, Tiger Woods’s wife is reported to be standing by her man while also looking at a $2.3 million (€1.56m) estate on a Swedish island.

Elin Nordegren, said to be still in talks with Tiger to renegotiate their prenuptial agreement, knew all about her billionaire husband’s carry-on with a string of women.

Yesterday, the first of 13 women claiming to have had a relationship with the ace golfer, said she was not a “home-wrecker” or “tramp”.

Rachel Uchitel, who reportedly sparked a row between Woods and his wife before his mystery car crash two weeks ago, claims she has been cast as “the villain of the story”.

The 34-year-old nightclub hostess told OK! magazine: “In every story you need a villain and a hero. I’ve been characterised as a villain.

“People have called me home- wrecker, gold digger, tramp, whore. I made mistakes, but I’m not those things. I have good qualities.

“When you’re judged by the nation, it’s really difficult. It’s horrible.”

Meanwhile, the US politician who called for Woods to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for good sportsmanship and breaking down barriers, has changed his mind.

California representative Joe Baca said he would no longer be pursuing the honour on Woods’s behalf “in light of recent developments”.

Nordegren was not exactly blind- sided by the revelations, according to US media sources. She was concerned enough about Tiger’s wild side to confront him before they got married.

“Elin had talked to other golfers and their wives about Tiger’s wild parties,” according to a report. “When she asked Tiger about it, he said he would stop doing it. And she believed him. But he never did.”

Friends also insist that the public is not learning anything that Nordegren did not already know.

“Nothing that’s coming out now is a surprise. She knows what he has done, and they’ve had some long talks about it. They are getting everything out in the open,” a friend said.

According to People magazine, Nordegren plans to stand by her man for the sake of the children.


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