i thought i had heard it all. i thought Tiger Woods made a mistake and the couple were going to deal with it and go on. in the news today all i heard about was the pre-nup he required his wife to sign before they were married, and the just announced new stipulations offered to her to remain in the marriage. the cash pot is growing like a wildfire in a fireworks factory. apparently there are different increments of several millions of dollars being offered to his wife Elin to stay either 2, or 5 or more years... along with a consent that she would never reveal anything she personally knows about her husband.
all along he has presented himself and his family to be a normal couple in love doing the family thing with a couple of kids and a dog.... when now it appears the whole persona of his "marriage" has turned into a serious business deal based on money to stay... money to keep quiet.... what about LOVE? doesn't LOVE have anything to do with this? LOVE should be the only thing its all about. even if he made some mistakes by having the affairs, the focus should now be that he LOVES his wife and kids and wants to do whatever it takes to save his marriage! LOVE should be the reason alone to resolve his problems.
the media also reports the couple to have begun counseling [which is good] but is that just for show? money seems to be the driving force to keeping the relationship going, and in exchange for the financial settlements, quote "Elin will have to be a dutiful wife in showing up with him at social events and in public as if they were still the perfect couple, and sign a nondisclosure form that will prevent her from ever telling her story."
what is wrong with this? first, it makes me wonder what kind of secrets she is privy to, and if they are legal or not? what kinds of things has Tiger partaken in that are so detrimental to his public image whereas he has to "pay off" his beloved wife to stifle what she knows? secondly and most sadly, what will his dear little children think of him one day when they read all about daddy paying mommy to stay together and to keep quiet...?
and finally, what kind of person is Elin to accept such terms and lower herself to the conditions he is offering her? even if she accepts the offers, will the public not continually ponder her happiness as she is "appearing to be the happy couple at social events" when the whole world now knows she is being paid to do so? who do they think they will be fooling? only themselves, if you ask me. its all a game to which i would not partake in, no matter the amount of money. for striving to portray the wholesome family living the American dream, it all smells a little fishy to me.
i think this case has become outrageously publicized due to this factor... we all thought he represented one thing when clearly he is all about the money, protecting secrets, and "awarding crazy amounts of money" as a prize or bribe to keep his wife in the marriage. and for all it's worth, if he were to die tomorrow, his money won't mean a thing..