Despite rumors that Elin Nordegren attacked husband Tiger Woods with a golf club after finding out about an alleged affair, her friend has come to her defense, calling those reports false.
"Certainly she did not go after [Woods] physically and go after him with a golf club. That is not what happened," three-time Grand Slam tennis chap Lindsay Davenport tells Entertainment Tonight in an interview airing Monday evening. "She's incredibly hurt by what has gone on, but she handles herself with class, and she's working it out as best she can."
Davenport says she has spoken to Nordegren — whom she describes as "very loving, very loyal" and "level headed" — since the Woods affair scandal broke.
"I don't think Elin particularly cares what people think about her," she says. "The illusion and the identity out there about her is not her. Although she is having a tough time, she's really trying to get through it for the kids [daughter Sam, 2, and son Charlie, 10 months]. What people are saying about her is not what happened."
At least nine women have been romantically linked to Woods, but Davenport says that Nordegren's focus remains on her children.
"Nobody wants to go through divorce, especially when there's young children involved," Davenport says. "Her priority [is] her children Sam and Charlie. She's obviously protecting them from the media. Everyone's wish when you get married is to make it work and we'll see if they're able to do that."
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