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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'I was to blame' - Tiger Woods explains marriage break-up to children

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Tiger Woods and his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren
Tiger Woods and his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren

Tiger Woods says he has a "fantastic" relationship with his ex-wife and he has taken steps to explain to his two children what happened to their marriage.

The world's former No1 player was interviewed at his new restaurant in Florida in a rare and extensive interview with Time magazine.

Woods, who turns 40 on December 30, says he has told 8-year-old Sam and 6-year-old Charlie that his parents don't live in the same house because "daddy made some mistakes".

"I just want them to understand before they get to the internet age and they log on to something or have their friends tell them something," Woods said.

"I want it to come from me so that when they come of age, I'll just tell them the real story.

Tiger Woods and ex-wife Elin
Tiger Woods and ex-wife Elin

"And so, that's part of the initiative - 'Hey, it was my fault, too. I was to blame' - and so I'm taking initiative with the kids," he said.

"I'd rather have it come from me as the source.

"And I can tell them absolutely everything so they hear it from me."

Tiger Woods, Elin Woods...In this photo provided by the Tiger Woods family,Sam, Elin, Tiger, Charlie Woods, from left, and their dogs Yogi, left, and Taz pose for a family photo Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. Charlie Woods was born on February 8
Tiger Woods, Elin Woods...In this photo provided by the Tiger Woods family,Sam, Elin, Tiger, Charlie Woods, from left, and their dogs Yogi, left, and Taz pose for a family photo Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. Charlie Woods was born on February 8

In the meantime, Woods said he is stressing to his children that they have two parents who love them.

His marriage crumbled at the end of 2009 when he was exposed for having multiple extramarital affairs, and Elin Nordegren divorced him the following August. Asked what he would have done differently before and after the scandal in his personal life, Woods said he would have had a more open, honest relationship with his wife.

"Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic," he said. "She's one of my best friends. We're able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then."

Tiger and Elin
Tiger and Elin

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