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Elin Nordegren breaks her silence; Tiger Woods responds

August 25, 2010 |  1:01 pm

09_06_10_NO UPC In her first (and allegedly last) on-the-record interview, Tiger Woods' ex-wife Elin Nordegren speaks out on the apocalyptic scandal she's suffered over the past months with the cheating golf pro.  

Nordegren says she's "been through hell," as mistresses have come out of the woodwork one by one with detailed accounts of infidelity since November.

"I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children," she tells People magazine.

There is, however, a silver lining to her stormy skies (and likely a huge pot of gold at the end of the alimony rainbow) -- Elin is currently studying for a degree in psychology and feeling optimistic.

"I also feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself," she said. 

A few hours after the story hit the Internet, Woods actually took questions about the messy situation after a FedEx Cup playoff event in New Jersey.

"I wish her the best in everything," he told reporters, "we're looking forward to [rebuilding] our lives and how we can help our kids the best way we possibly can. And that's the most important thing." 

Nordegren and Woods finalized their divorce on Monday. On moving forward, Elin says her immediate plan "is for the kids and me to continue to adjust to our new situation. I am going to keep taking classes, but my main focus is to try to give myself time to heal."

Though Elin sings like a bird in this interview, she indicated to People that it will be her last -- she intends to remain a private person, according to the mag.

Sound off on the Elin quotes in our comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

Twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: Elin Nordegren breaks her silence to People magazine.

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