Elin Nordegren has publicly talked about her ex-husband, Tiger Woods, for the first time since the cheating scandal erupted back in 2009 when a string of women came forward to say the golf pro had affairs with them during his marriage.
Nordegren talked about her public marriage and divorce at her graduation from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. after nine years. She was named 2014’s Outstanding Graduating Senior.
“When I received the phone call informing me about the honor of speaking today, I felt really happy but I also was a little surprised because I’ve been called ‘a woman with no words’ in the media and criticized for not talking very much,” she said during her speech, Us Weekly reports.
She noted when she first enrolled in college she was “25 years old, I had just recently moved to America, I was married without children.” But, “Today, nine years later, I’m a proud American, and I have two beautiful children — but I’m no longer married.”
Although she’s on better terms with Woods now, she admitted she wasn’t ready for the public backlash after her divorce.
“It was right after I had taken [a class in] communications and the media that I was unexpectedly thrust into the media limelight. I probably should have taken more notes in that class!” she said.
Nordegren shares Sam Alexis, 6, and Charlie Axel, 5, with Woods, who is now dating Lindsey Vonn. She has reportedly moved on with Chris Cline.