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Distressed Elin breaks her silence

Tiger Woods' ex-wife has broken her silence over the sex scandal that ended their marriage, saying the extent of his philandering had made her feel "stupid" and she had been through "hell."

entertainment Updated: Aug 26, 2010 00:18 IST

Tiger Woods' ex-wife has broken her silence over the sex scandal that ended their marriage, saying the extent of his philandering had made her feel "stupid" and she had been through "hell."

Elin Nordegren told People magazine that stress from the lurid tabloid scandal caused her insomnia and weight loss, and that in the days before her divorce was finalized she began to lose her hair.

"I've been through hell," Nordegren, a 30-year-old Swedish former model, told the celebrity news weekly in an article posted Wednesday on its website which will hit newsstands later this week.

Woods wed Nordegren in October 2004 in Barbados and they have a three-year-old daughter Sam and a 19-month-old son Charlie. The divorce was finalized at a 10-minute court hearing Monday in Florida.

Nordegren told People she initially felt "shock and disbelief" at learning Woods had cheated on her. Later, as a string of women, including a porn star, a cocktail waitress and a Las Vegas club manager claimed affairs with her husband she began to question herself. "I felt stupid as more things were revealed. How could I not have known anything?" she said. "The word betrayal isn't strong enough. I felt like my whole world had fallen apart."

A reporter for the magazine interviewed Nordegren for 19 hours over four days, scoring her first published reaction to the sordid sex scandal that broke last November and made headlines around the world.

Nordegren said she and Woods had tried to reconcile but she ultimately decided it was hopeless because she had lost her trust in him. She said she had been truly devoted to Woods and had hoped for a happily-ever-after life together with him.

"I loved him. We had so much fun," she said, "and I felt safe with him."

The sex scandal became fodder for tabloid newspapers and late-night television comedians, amid speculation that Woods crashed his car after being walloped by a golf club-wielding Nordegren.