What a difference a year makes. This time last year, sports fans and divorce attorneys in Pasadena alike watched as Tiger Woods and wife Elin were embroiled in the biggest divorce and infidelity scandal of the year. Dozens of blonde bombshells came out of the woodwork, each claiming they had been sexually involved with the billionaire golfer as his distraught, soon-to-be-ex-wife scrambled to keep herself and her children out of the media frenzy. One year and one big fat divorce settlement later, Elin Nordegren returned home to Sweden for the holidays with a new career passion, a new independence and a new man.
Nordegren returned to Rollins College in Orlando, Florida, this fall. After a long sabbatical, Elin has decided to pursue her passion and get a degree in psychology. (The famous scorned wife had been a full-time student at Sweden's Lund University when she met Tiger.) In addition to wisdom, Elin reportedly picked up a new boyfriend at Rollins College. Last week, gossip sites were ignited with juicy stories that told of Nordegren and her unnamed 35-year-old boyfriend getting cozy on campus. According to the UK Sun's source at the college "There's been kissing and cuddling but I don't know if it's gone further."
Nordegren expressed her desire for independence and new adventures earlier this year to People magazine.
"I also feel stronger than I ever have," she said. "I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself."
Nordegren returned to Sweden this week with daughter Sam Alexis and son Charlie Axel. The Swedish holiday escape has become somewhat of a tradition for Nordegren. Elin and her children spent their Christmas last year in the country as a full-fledged media riot unfolded around her estranged husband. Tiger and Elin's divorce was finalized on August 23, 2010; Nordegren is rumored to have received $100 million in her divorce settlement.