There’s Nuthin Like Treating Your Marriage Like a Business Agreement

When this whole mess with Tiger Woods having an affair, that turned into three affairs, that will turn into God knows how many affairs, I really thought that he would try to handle it with as much dignity and grace as possible, which is very scant to begin with. But as more details emerge, I’m starting to think that Tiger Woods is a complete douche bag. He released the public apology for disgracing his family, which was nice. Necessary and not nearly enough, but nice. And now he’s trying to save his marriage – not because he loves and needs his wife so much – but because it will be better for his public image to do so. And in an attempt to do just that, he’s drafted a nice little business proposal for his wife, Elin, in the hopes that it will be enough to get her to stay. So that he doesn’t lose those sponsorships, fans, and who knows what else Tiger’s clinging to, cause it certainly ain’t his wife’s love. From The Daily Beast,

“When the couple married on Oct. 5, 2004, at the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados, Elin signed a prenuptial agreement reportedly worth $20 million after 10 years of marriage, not considered a large payout for someone who was already as successful as Tiger by then. (The tightlipped Woods camp, almost obsessive about releasing any personal information after Tiger’s blundering interviews with GQ in 1997, has never acknowledged the existence of the first prenup, although it’s been widely reported).

• Gerald Posner: The Secret World of Golf Groupies But in light of a string of women coming forward to say they had affairs with Tiger since his marriage, Elin has demanded that the prenup be rewritten, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker reported Wednesday. “The links legend’s spouse is reportedly being paid a hefty seven-figure amount—immediately transferred [sic] into an account she alone controls—to stick with her husband,” Zwecker wrote. “At this point, the couple needed to remain married for 10 years in order for Woods’ wife to collect a splitsville settlement of $20 million. I’m being told that time frame has been shortened—and the dollar amount increased ‘substantially.’”

The lawyer familiar with the couple’s negotiations told The Daily Beast that Tiger also has agreed to shorten the original prenup to seven years from the date of marriage, meaning it will vest in another two. And the revised agreement provides for a staggered schedule of payments spread out over five years that could be worth upward of $75 million. So for Elin to collect $80 million, she’ll need to stay with Tiger another seven years, 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. Even if she lasts only two more years, she’ll still walk away with nearly twice what she was entitled to under the original prenup.

Tiger’s advisers, who have successfully gotten the couple into counseling sessions, believe that keeping the marriage intact will help Tiger keep his corporate sponsors and bolster his dented image. Elin is herself considered a good asset. She’s never been a publicity hound or used her marriage to make money through self-help books, lecture series, or QVC makeup and jewelry lines. Rather, she’s just maintained a low profile and dedicated herself to being a spouse and mother. As opposed to some other celebrities, like Tom Cruise or Angelina Jolie, Elin has never pushed her kids into the public eye. So, now, if she is persuaded to stay, she knows little will be the same. Her quiet life is finished. A Los Angeles-based paparazzo told me that a photo of Elin and the children would fetch $250,000. Some agencies are offering $100,000 just for tips that pay off with photos.

There’s a price to having a life turned upside down in the public eye. That’s what the couple is hammering out now. Since Tiger Inc. is in crisis, it’s likely she will accept a deal rather than allow her anger and sense of humiliation to prevail. The Woods camp is about to pull off the most expensive “stand by your man” stand ever. (Attempts for any comment from the Woods camp were not successful).”

If these two had tried to work it out privately and stayed together, I would have completely respected both of them. Well, maybe Tiger a little less. But if Elin had decided to stay with him and patch things up, I would have respected that decision. It’s hard to break up a marriage, especially when there’s kids involved. And when there’s actual real love between the couple, it’s even harder. But, to stay because you’re making money from it?! That I can’t respect at all.

I can’t wrap my head around an agreement where Elin is paid a handsome sum in exchange for showing up to tournaments, galas, and other public events and appearing to be the perfect, loving wife. And in addition to this, she is to never, ever tell her side of the story. Even if I was thinking about staying with my husband after all this shame and embarrassment, I wouldn’t even think twice about dumping him if he were to ever propose something this preposterous to me. I hope Elin does leave him at this point. If not for the affairs, then for treating her as some sort of piece in a business deal rather than his wife that he’s trampled all over.

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#1 tipsofrelationship on 12.11.09 at 2:25 am

How can I save my marriage when it seems that all is lost? The feeling you have when your marriage is in turmoil can just about incapacitate you and prevent you from being productive at anything at all. Some people instinctively react by calling an attorney to end the marriage with divorce and that is really too bad; it need not be that way.

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