The inevitable has come to fruition: Tiger Woods and his wife Elin have legally parted ways.
The divorce was granted in Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Fla., about 375 miles away from their Isleworth home outside Orlando. The couple married in October 2004 in Barbados and have a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and a 19-month-old son, Charlie.
The marriage was described in court documents as “irretrievably broken” with no point in trying to reconcile. Terms of the divorce were not disclosed, except that they will “share parenting” of their two children.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, declined comment when asked if the couple had a prenuptial agreement or terms of the settlement. “We’re not commenting beyond what was in the release,” he said.
The sordid sex scandal cost Woods three major corporate sponsors — Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade — worth millions of dollars, and he lost his image as the gold standard in sports endorsements. A month after the scandal became public, Woods spent two months in therapy at a Mississippi clinic with hopes of saving his marriage.
The terms of the divorce may not have been disclosed, but there’s no doubt that Elin got p.a.i.d. And why shouldn’t she have been? She underwent major public embarrassment over the last 10 months and had to endure all the nasty details of how her husband banged anything with two legs and a pulse over the last X amount of years. I think that’s deserving of a little coin.
While this may be a relief for Tiger now that the divorce has been finalized, his wallet won’t be the only thing affected by this scandal. One day, when his kids are older, they’re going to ask him why he and Elin aren’t together anymore. And unless the internet gets swallowed up by a black hole sometime in the near future, he’s going to have to disclose a lot about his past.
He has only begun to take a beating for his actions.