What Should Elin Woods Do Next?
Real women — and former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss — offer their advice to Tiger Woods’ estranged wife.
When celebrity men stray, the quality of their apology heavily determines their publicly-humiliated wives’ decisions to either stay and work it out or cut their cheating hubby loose. Kobe Bryant salvaged his marriage when he gave wife Vanessa a $4 million, 8-carat diamond ring as an “I’m sorry,” after he admitted to adultery. David Letterman’s wife, Regina Lasko, appears to be standing by her man after he made an on-air apology, which she allegedly had final approval on. On Friday, scandal-ridden Tiger Woods held an intimate press conference where he claimed to be “deeply sorry” for his admitted infidelities, and promised to “make amends, and that starts by never repeating the mistakes I’ve made.” Although Tiger addressed the media, friends and family, the opinion that matters most is that of his wife and the mother of his two children, Elin Woods.
Throughout the last few months, Elin has demonstrated that she is a strong, independent woman. But with her marriage hanging in the balance, and plenty of big decisions ahead of her, we hope she has some trusted pals to turn to for advice on what her next move should be. With this in mind, we asked a bunch of real women what BFF advice they would give Elin. Should she be open to forgiveness, stick it out and see what happens, or divorce Tiger and head straight to the bank with his millions?
Take the Money and Run
Some of the women we spoke to found Tiger’s apology to be insincere and advised the sexy Swede to dump her husband, and, in the words of famous divorcee Ivana Trump, “don’t get mad, get everything.”
“I’d tell her to leave the bastard and take half,” says Rhea, a 23-year-old brand manager from New York.
Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, who has seen her share of cheating celebrity husbands, tells BettyConfidential that the Woods’ marriage doesn’t have a chance, and Elin should cash in ASAP: “He should give her everything she wants. He can always make millions again. His apology was pathetic. Staying together for the kids is never right. They don’t appear to have a real husband-wife relationship anymore.”
Cut Your Losses
Kristine, a 30-year-old event planner from New York, feels Elin should throw in the towel, but not necessarily take Tiger for all he’s got: “Leave him. The trust in their relationship would be too hard to rebuild. Also the public humiliation is a constant reminder…This marriage would be a vicious cycle of pain and turmoil. It would be better to take this time to heal and focus on her family and the loved ones who have supported her through this difficult time.”