I’m afraid what I’m about to say might tarnish my squeaky clean image, but I’ve been rabid for new information about this Tiger Woods “getting in a one man car crash at two something in the morning the day after Thanksgiving” debacle.
You’d think I’m a more thoughtful person. I’m not. Sorry to disappoint you.
Initially, I thought the media was making a big deal out of nothing. At the outset, it was my belief that they were being too intrusive and should butt out of the man’s private affairs. After almost a week, my opinion remains the same. But that belief isn’t powerful enough to prevent me from consuming any juicy detail of Tiger’s sordid (and let me add alleged) affairs that somehow finds itself in my inbox, my Twitter stream, or on the front page of TMZ.
Today, I – totally coincidentally – happened upon an article about Elin Woods that transfigured my indifference towards her into complete admiration. Although, if she really did put that golf club upside Tiger’s head, then she’d be all right with me even if the article I read is completely false.
Let’s assume it’s true. According to the Daily Beast’s Gerald Posner, Elin is negotiating an immediate $5 million dollar payout from Tiger. Which was obviously triggered by his shameful (alleged) infidelity.
But, wait. There’s more.
Elin’s also modifying the prenup such that she’ll get an additional $55 million to stay with Tiger’s (alleged) cheatin’ a$$ another two years.
And that’s not all.
Her original agreement with Tiger was thought to be a payout of only $20 million after a decade of marriage. Now we’re hearing Tiger has agreed to shorten the decade long contingency to seven years. I don’t know if Elin beat that out of him, or if he offered it because he doesn’t want his loving wife to leave him. Clearly, when you’re the most famous athlete in the world, it’s too much pressure for a mistress to keep your iniquities private.
Like everyone else, I have no idea of the particulars of Elin and Tiger’s relationship. But I definitely think it’s wise for a woman to look out for her own financial security when she’s given up her hopes, dreams, and freedom to support her husband.
I’m sure many women can understand the pain Elin must be feeling as a result of her husband (allegedly) stepping out on her. However, most of us don’t have to worry about the whole world analyzing and dissecting the intricacies of the most sacred relationship two people can ever have.
Regardless of what happens, I really hope things work out between the two of them, that their family emerges better and stronger than it was before. But in the event it doesn’t, I’m siding with Elin. I hope she gets everything that’s due her and more.
Please don’t be mad at me. I simply could not resist. And in case you can’t either, what’s your opinion on the matter? How would/do you protect yourself financially if your partner’s income is your household’s only income?