Category: Elin Nordegren

Friends of Elin Nordegren say she is close to filing for divorce from Tiger Woods [Updated]


Elin Nordegren has had it with Tiger Woods.

As if having your famous husband's countless affairs made public isn't bad enough, Nordegren's friends are saying she's furious about his speedy return to golf.

She doesn't like that controversial Nike commercial he did either. To hear sources talking to People magazine tell it, Mrs. Tiger Woods is now past trying to make her marriage work -- televised public apology or not.

Nordegren is particularly peeved about the Nike ad, in which a forlorn-looking Woods gets a scolding from his late father from beyond the grave; it is said to have pushed her over the edge.

"Elin was violently angry over this commercial and thought it was a cheesy thing to do," a friend of Nordegren's told the magazine. The voice of his father, Earl Woods, was in fact pulled from an interview about his wife Kultilda, not Tiger.

Worse still, Nordegren is said to be stunned and hurt that Woods did not take more time off from golf to work on his marriage. She did not attend his return performance at the Masters, where he finished a disappointing fourth, and instead flew out of Florida without her husband and children.

"She wouldn't have gone near the Masters under any condition, but that just made her madder," the source said. "She is over Tiger. I wouldn't be surprised if she files for divorce sometime soon."

But it's all speculation for now. There is no confirmation that Nordegren has filed any legal papers or retained a divorce attorney. [Updated 1:31 p.m.: RadarOnline is reporting that she met with a divorce attorney before flying out of Florida.]

Still, her friends say she's done.

"She's so far beyond hurt now," the source continues. "If she were angry or if she hated him, they might still have a chance to work it out. But she's beyond that. She's numb. She just doesn't care anymore. She's like, 'Whatever.' Elin's not the type to get all weepy or have pity parties for herself. She mourned the loss of this marriage, and now she's moving on. It's the only thing she can do."

-- Denise Martin

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Photo: During happier times: Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren attend an October event in San Francisco. Credit: Associated Press.

Sandra Bullock: Elin Nordegren should've 'kept hitting'

Sandra bullock elin nordegrenAudio has surfaced of Sandra Bullock advising Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, on what she should've done the fateful day she swung a golf club straight into scandal -- before Bullock's own husband, Jesse James, was accused of Tiger-style sins. 

And this is why the Ministry has the category It Always Winds Up on the Web.

"If I were Elin … man, I would have hit a lot more than she did .… I would have kept hitting!" Bullock told "The Insider" at the People's Choice Awards in January.

"The Insider" host Niecy Nash pressed on: Would Bullock have kept free-wheeling that 9 iron? 

"Yeah, she stopped. She was respectable," said Bullock, exercising her trademark humor. "I'd get the baseball bat. I'd get everything out."

Who knows what this sentiment could mean for James, but we'd advise donning a nice helmet, and keeping a golf cart handy for a quick getaway. Get the audio clip here.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Sandra "Keep on Swingin' " Bullock works the red carpet. Credit: Los Angeles Times 

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Tiger Woods will speak out Friday -- and at least we'll know for sure where he is

Tiger press conference For nearly three months, Tiger Woods has maintained media silence -- which in recent weeks has sparked a "Where's Waldo"-type frenzy that placed him at rehabs in the middle of Arizona; Cape Town, South Africa; and Hattiesburg, Miss. His return to tournament golf also was predicted as occurring as early as, well,  today.

The return to golf hasn't happened quite yet, but news is, Tiger will speak Friday morning to a "small group of friends, colleagues and close associates" at the clubhouse of the TPC Sawgrass course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., home of the PGA Tour.

"This is all about the next step," said his agent, Mark Steinberg. "He's looking forward to it."

Woods will discuss the past and what he plans next, along with apologizing for his behavior, Steinberg said.

Tiger's wife, Elin Nordegren, was spotted earlier today entering their Florida home with a couple of cups of Starbucks. Dang -- if it were chai instead of coffee, maybe we could read those tea leaves.

Woods is scheduled to speak at 8 a.m. PST, incidentally, if you're the type to set your clock by such things.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Tiger Woods during a Nov. 10, 2009, news conference before the Australian Masters golf tournament -- also just weeks before the divots hit the fan. Credit: Andrew Brownbill / Associated Press.

The Ministry's been there, done that with the Tiger Woods scandal -- and if you'd like, you can do it all over again: 

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Tiger Woods gets the Annie Leibovitz treatment for Vanity Fair

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Tiger Woods gets the Annie Leibovitz treatment for Vanity Fair

Tiger Who doesn't love an ominous Vanity Fair cover with moody shots from lens master Annie Leibovitz?

Tiger Woods, perhaps. He's splayed on and inside the February edition of the magazine, with a piece from contributing editor Buzz Bissinger on Woods' dramatic spiral. 

"There was no way of ever knowing Tiger Woods — not in golf, beyond witnessing the machine-like relentlessness that made him the most remarkable athlete of our time, and not outside of golf, because he never showed any real part of himself off the course," Bissinger writes

Never showed us a real part, until he hit that fateful fire hydrant.

The academic read on Tiger's recent (and money hemorrhaging) misfortune is certainly insightful, the anatomy of an American hero's perversion and, at times, desperation. Yet at the bottom of the cover, noticeably devoid of other sell-lines and content teases, is a quote from William Shakespeare's "Henry VI."

"O tiger's heart, wrapp'd in a woman's hide!"

Doesn't that say it all?

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: A shirtless Tiger Woods looks sullen while pumping iron. Credit: Courtesy of Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair / Associated Press.

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Divorce in bulk: Jon and Kate Gosselin, Tiger's wife Elin, Beyonce's mom

It's official: Jon and Kate Gosselin's divorce is final. Can we hope they'll divorce themselves from the public eye any time soon?

Elin Nordegren has reportedly hired high-powered Hollywood divorce attorney Sorrell Trope -- check out that guy's list of clients over at the Fabulous Forum, along with other Tiger Woods updates.

And Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles, has filed for divorce after about three decades of marriage. A paternity suit was filed earlier this year against husband Matthew Knowles.

Draw your own conclusions.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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Kathy Griffin tells George Lopez she wants to go gay for Elin Nordegren

Griffin Tiger Woods has earned a place on Kathy Griffin's D-list -- and Elin Nordegren has caught her eye too.

Sitting on George Lopez's couch Monday night on "Lopez Tonight," Griffin put her own spin on Tiger's "transgressions" debacle.

The Ministry likes her astute analysis: She's ready to go gay for the golfer's Swedish model wife "because she is going to be rolling in it" and because whatever the heck Elin's name is "sounds like an IKEA end table."

And when Kathy goes swinging into a non-PC place regarding domestic violence, it's hard to tell if George is laughing, crying or anticipating how many people are gonna call up to say, "Well, that's just not funny!! That's never funny!! I see no funny whatsoever!!"

Just a reminder: It's only comedy. These are the jokes, folks.

Click if you dare to watch the video (Kathy knows words that are appropriate for late-night TV), and scroll down to "Kathy Griffin on Tiger." 

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on Sept. 20. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.

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Transgressions R Us, Part 2: Tiger Woods drama die-hards only, please [UPDATED]


Hey, we're back! And you're back! Cool!

We had some fun last time, yes?

~~ Hmm. *You* are back too, oh respecter of Tiger Woods' privacy. Didn't we go over this once before? ~~

It's game day, and the Ministry is Coliseum-bound, but we wanted to make sure folks started the weekend up to date on the condition of the S.S. Tiger Woods, which, you may recall, sustained some damage below the waterline this week

Rules remain the same -- if you're above all this, what the heck are you doing here? Gold star for you; now scram.  Wanna know what's been going on in Tiger Town? C'mon out behind the gym for a few minutes and we'll hook you up.

~~ Privacy fans? This is where you click out. For real. ~~

Sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Even if the one is, you know, Tiger Woods.

Let's meet a few of those needs, shall we?

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Tiger Woods: 'Personal sins should not require press releases' -- but here is his, plus that voicemail recording


Tiger Woods has spoken out. Sort of. In a long, sort of vague statement on his website.

But the Ministry figures that on the Tiger scale of self-revelation, the statement this morning is the equivalent of standing on the 18th green in front of a hushed crowd and screaming, screaming, screaming.

Wonder if he can shout down the sound of this voicemail message? Yeah, turns out the official statement isn't  the only place he's spoken out. (When the Ministry heard the Jaimee Grubbs recording at USMagazine.com it felt like a gut punch, so if you really dig Tiger and want to respect his privacy, just pretend it's not out there. There are some things you can't unhear.)

Some excerpts from Woods' statement:

"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect."

Given the fact that David Letterman's first mea culpa backfired on him a bit, when audiences initially thought he was joking, Tiger's controlled approach makes sense. Then again, Letterman is used to delivering a monologue, and Tiger is used to walking down the fairway on a Sunday when the odds are against him, summoning his concentration and often pulling off the impossible.

And this does make life easier for Golf Digest, given the content of its January cover featuring Woods and President Obama.

"Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. ... The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect."

Sorry, dude. You might've thought you could buy your Privacy -- but this is how the world is for the rest of us. It's just exponentially louder for you because nobody knows who the rest of us are. And Tiger? Don't be super shocked when your statement -- which the Ministry thinks is just fine -- doesn't make everyone else shut up.

"Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions."

No, they shouldn't. Unless, of course, you're the most famous athlete in the world -- and one who to this point has appeared to be perfect -- in which case you have to meet the world halfway.

"I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology."

Tiger seems to have figured out his only way to take this match. America loves to forgive.

Today he's got his red shirt on. For the win.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Tiger gets his red shirt on during the Australian Masters last month. He won. Credit: Andrew Brownbill / Associated Press.

The story thus far, courtesy of the Ministry of Gossip:

A ticket for Tiger Woods, another attorney and another 'other woman,' Jaimee Grubbs?

PREACH IT! Hey Tiger? Gonna take a Big Bertha to your plea for privacy

PREACH IT! And Leslie Looked Upon the Ministry Readers, and She Saw That She Was Good (an introduction to Ms. Gornstein and her mission)

'Overwhelmed' Rachel Uchitel hires celebrity attorney Gloria Allred

Tiger Woods' charmed life may be feeling the squeeze

Tiger Woods says 'all my fault,' praises wife, hires attorney

Tiger Woods, his wife, that odd little car accident -- and Rachel Uchitel

Tiger Woods slightly injured in accident near his home

PREACH IT! Hey Tiger? Gonna take a Big Bertha to your plea for privacy

Let’s recap the Tiger Woods scenario for those following at home, shall we?

Tiger comes tooling out of his driveway in his golf-hero-mobile early Friday and double-bogeys a fire hydrant and a tree. Tiger is apparently hurt. Tiger is down. Something must be done. Elin Nordegren, being a proper golf wife, uses a club on the crashed car. She claims she acted to free her man from danger -- not, as some reports have indicated, to punish her husband for allegedly dipping his pitching wedge into another lady’s sand trap.

What happens next? Tiger manages to say a whole lot of nothing to the public -- who paid for that visit from the cops, by the way -- and instead trots out a trope as old as St. Andrews itself.

“My family and I deserve some privacy,” he intoned on his official site, “no matter how intrusive some people can be.”

One day maybe I actually will violate Tiger’s privacy and attempt to blog about him from a tree under his front lawn while reciting his Social Security number at full volume. Until then, the time-worn request for privacy, that ancient, sanctimonious, self-pitying celebrity tactic, may deserve a closer look.

(Sorry, Tiger, but I may have to violate your privacy to figure out what you and all your famous friends mean whenever you ask for privacy.)

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