Tiger Woods’ fame almost cost him his relationship with his future wife, according to HBO’s new ‘Tiger’ docuseries about the golf legend’s life.
Tiger Woods “didn’t make a great impression” on his future wife Elin Nordegren, one of her friends claimed in the first part of HBO’s new docuseries about the champion golfer. In fact, the star’s fame was such a turnoff for the Swede that she initially “turned him down” when he first asked out.
Writer Sandra Sobieraj Westfall appeared in the first episode of the two-part Tiger documentary and drew on her friendship with the golfer’s now ex-wife to explain why the shy former nanny finally agreed to date the superstar.
“Elin told me that he didn’t make a great impression on her at first,” Westfall said of the 41-year-old blonde in the documentary, which premiered on Jan. 10. “She had her opinions about celebrities and they were not high. And she’s very shy so the idea of joining that world was not appealing to her. And when he asked her out, I think she turned him down at first.”
However, Elin – who worked for one of Tiger’s pro-golfing colleagues when they met in the Noughties – finally agreed to date the California native. “[Then] she gradually was convinced that she should give him a chance and so they did go out,” Westfall said.
Eventually she learned to cope with the attention, Elin’s friend said in the doc. “She said the hardest part about that was adjusting to the spotlight that followed him. But Tiger was very sweetly protective of Elin. She said it felt special,” Westfall said. “Ironically the spotlight that first repelled her suddenly bonded them; sort of us against the world. It was just the two of them and she believed it was everything.” Elin and Tiger eventually married in 2004 on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
The first part of HBO’s docuseries charts the 45-year-old legend’s life from the very early days when he wowed local media with his golfing skills as a toddler barely out of diapers, to his marriage to Elin and the death of his father, Earl Woods. It was Earl, who died in 2006 at the age of 74, who recognized his son’s talent and steered the boy from a child prodigy to a golfing megastar.
Friends who knew the Woods family in the early days recounted in the documentary the full extent of Tiger’s parents’ devotion to his career. Despite old news footage suggesting that he was obsessed with the game as a kid, Tiger’s kindergarten teacher Maureen Decker said the shy little boy actually wanted to enjoy other activities.
“One day Tiger opened up and he asked me to ask his dad if he could play some other sports besides just golfing and I told him that I would…” Ms. Decker said of the future pro who, to date, has 82 PGA Tour victories under his belt. “I did say that I thought it would be nice if Tiger could play other sports but Mr. Woods said he had to concentrate on his golf.”
This determination that Tiger remain uber focused on his golfing career continued well into his college years, according to Dina Parr, his first girlfriend. She started dating him when they were both in high school, the blonde said in the documentary, which featured old photos of the former couple cuddling and partying together. But Dina admitted she didn’t think Tiger’s mom (Kultida Woods) and dad approved of the romance.
“Earl and Tida, they had this image of who he was supposed to be and I think that they were worried about me because I certainly didn’t fit into that,” she said. “I felt that their plans were creating this robot.”
Dina claimed that Tiger abruptly broke up with her, cutting off their relationship out of the blue, by sending her a terse letter, saying that he felt “used and manipulated” by her and that he “never” wanted to “talk to or hear from” her again. “It was awful. We’d been in this three-year relationship…” his ex said, after clutching and reading the contents of the handwritten letter aloud on screen. “I replay that day in my head over and over again.”
By the time Tiger was married to Elin, it wasn’t his all-consuming devotion to golf that broke them up, but his multiple affairs. They divorced in 2010 after six years of marriage and two children – Sam and Charlie (now 13 and 11 respectively) – together.
That half of Tiger’s life (when his squeaky clean image went up in flames) is saved for the second and final part of HBO’s documentary. In the meantime, the golfer’s ex-mistress Rachel Uchitel hinted at what is to come by saying in the final shot of Part 1: “OK. So what do you want me to talk about?” She spills it all in the second and final part of Tiger, which airs on HBO on Sunday Jan. 17 at 9pm ET and is also available on HBO Max.
Ben Affleck Seemingly Races Over To J.Lo’s L.A. Home On Motorcycle After Vegas Trip — See Pics
Jennifer Lopez arrived back in L.A. wearing what appeared to be Ben Affleck’s plaid shirt on Thursday, June 10.
Ben Affleck, 48, was spotted speeding around Los Angeles on his motorcycle — seemingly headed in the direction of Jennifer Lopez‘s Bel Air home! The Oscar winner’s face was covered by a large bubble shaped helmet, wearing his usual bomber style leather jacket, jeans and leather sneakers on Friday, June 11. The sighting comes just a day after J.Lo arrived back in Los Angeles after a video shoot in Miami and his project in Las Vegas.
Jennifer raised eyebrows as she stepped off a plane in California wearing what appeared to be Ben’s go-to red-and-blue plaid shirt on June 10. She paired the oversized men’s button down — which Ben has previously been photographed in — with a white crop top, sweatpants and sneakers. Her twins Max and Emme, 13, were also in tow. It’s unclear if Ben left the cozy item at her $18 million rental home in Miami, where he visited on May 22, or if she brought the shirt with her after their recent back-to-back sleepovers.
The Town actor’s return to L.A. comes fresh off of his jam packed week in Las Vegas. Ben was spotted filming a project at the Wynn Resort and Casino where J.Lo’s mom, Guadalupe Rodriguez was also hanging out. The 75-year-old was photographed looking excited on the set of the commercial, which Ben was seemingly directing. The Boston native was also seen enjoying a round of gambling in a high roller suite around 3:00 a.m.
Bennifer have been seemingly inseparable since their unexpected April reunion after J.Lo’s split from Alex Rodriguez, 45. The two took a romantic trip to Big Sky, Montana on May 10, and have also hung out in both Los Angeles and Miami in the last 6 weeks. Of course, things could be moving at a rapid pace given their past romantic history: the pair were engaged in 2002 after meeting on the set of Gigli a year prior. After intense media attention, Bennifer called off their Sept. 2003 wedding — ultimately splitting for good in 2004.
“Her feelings on having something with Ben are real and she wants to explore that…Jennifer is still taking things slow with Ben. It just sort of happened. She’s just seeing where things go and trying not to overthink or put pressure on it and Ben seems to be giving her all the time she needs,” a source told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY on May 25.
Young Devyn Reveals How Soca Fame Eventually Blossomed Into Her Rap Career & Debut EP ‘Baby Goat’
Young Devyn was only eight years old when she became a sensation in Soca music. Now 19 years old and creating buzz in the rap community, Devyn reveals how her debut EP ‘Baby Goat’ combines the genres.
“Rapping was like the last thing on my mind,” Young Devyn admitted to HollywoodLife while looking back at her earlier teen years, which may come as a surprise from the youngest person to ever freestyle at the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher. For the 19-year-old music artist, who has been given the seal of approval by rap legend Nicki Minaj herself, rapping started as a “hobby” that branched from her first passion: Soca music. The genre — birthed in Trinidad and Tobago — served as Devyn’s launchpad into the music industry after she performed a Soca song in tribute to her Trinidadian background for her school’s Heritage Day talent show more than a decade ago. “The performance, it just went crazy. Everybody’s going crazy. And then a week later, I ended up on the radio, and people were just like, ‘Who’s this little girl?’ And I exploded from there,” Devyn exclusively told HollywoodLife ahead of the release of her eight-track debut EP, Baby Goat, coming out on June 18.
This “explosion” entailed Devyn becoming an established name in the Soca scene, regularly performing at her own shows and touring with the likes of Soca icons like Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin. By 2016, then a young teen, a new curiosity formed: Devyn was drawn to the “metaphors and punchlines” of rap, and began to study the art form by watching documentaries. So, Devyn — who was raised in East New York, Brooklyn — decided to “try it” out for herself. “I was just doing a fun hobby for a couple months…and exercising my pen and actually started gaining the confidence to post like little ‘Freestyle Friday’ videos on my Instagram. So it was like a switch for everybody,” Devyn said, recalling how these weekly social media posts began her segue into hip hop.
“Everyone at the time knew me for doing Soca. So it was a cute little thing to do every Friday, like people were looking forward to it,” Devyn continued. The MC went on to have a moment of enlightenment in her career after doing a freestyle rap show that “went viral”: this could be her way of reaching new listeners, since she “always wanted to make Soca a little more mainstream.” With that revelation, Devyn knew what to do next: “And that’s when I decided to take it serious and realize that could be my way to reach the masses.”
This epiphany is what set the stepping stones that led to Devyn’s debut EP, appropriately named Baby Goat, that combines both her Soca sound and hip hop lyricism into one project. Devyn teased that the EP’s upcoming singles like “Secret” and “Entanglement,” despite falling into the camp of what Devyn considered “mainstream pop,” still have that Caribbean influence that kick-started her career. “If you’re not from the Caribbean, you’re still going to understand it and enjoy it. So it transcends everywhere, and I think people are gonna love it. And that’s kind of like, a teaspoon of what, you know, my culture is really about,” Devyn said of the tracks that are fun and flirty, perfect for putting on blast while driving with the top (or window) down this summer.
And then you have Devyn’s solid rap tracks; one of them, “Straight To It,” was already released to fans in March. Devyn swapped sweet melodies for hard-hitting verses that demand her to be taken seriously as a rapper; not that she needs to make the request, given clever lines like, “Got a different hoodie for the spinnage / I could cook a rapper, turn ’em like a spinach / Everybody know my body different, hottest in the world and I ain’t talkin’ Guinness / Ain’t a problem started I ain’t finish / Know some flossy ooters like a dentist, yeah.”
The forthcoming EP was not just shaped by different genres, but by Devyn’s exposure to “different cultures,” too, as an artist who has been traveling and performing since she was eight years old. From enjoying “boat rides” in Sint Maarten to swimming in Tobago, Devyn said such experiences “expand your brain.” This translates into her music when it comes time to apply that brainpower to songwriting. “I just started writing music on a worldwide basis,” Devyn said. Instead of wondering what her city would love, she was thinking big picture: “What can I do to captivate the world?” These goals all tie back to Devyn’s goal to always be transcending one label.
What also makes Devyn’s work unique is that you won’t find explicit lyrics in it, something she was already getting attention for long before this debut EP came about. This hesitancy towards swear words and violent themes wasn’t because of her young age. Rather, Devyn saw omitting them altogether as more of a writer’s challenge, which rings more true today as she’s “getting older,” the singer-rapper said. “When you get older, you can say more things. And I still just choose not to. And it really does test your limits,” Devyn explained, adding, “It’s just all a part of the testing it and pushing your pen, really just finding out vocabularies and just different things that makes people react. Once you like, pay attention to all those things and put in a boiling pot…that’s kind of how I just be figuring it out.”
While it’s one of the many things that makes Devyn unique in her music — in addition to a level of success few her age have achieved, after also attracting the attention of stars like Taraji P. Henson — above all, Devyn just wants to be relatable.
“I definitely just want people to know that it’s okay to need normal. Like, I feel like that was kind of what was missing,” Devyn observed, noting how music doesn’t always need to be about being “always glammed up” or “being too sexual” (“nothing” is wrong with that, though, Devyn made sure to clarify). Rather, Devyn believes that her debut ep Baby Goat brings “regular emotions, regular things that we go through just everyday life…all ages, all genders, no matter where you are, could just relate to.” And if you won’t relate to it? “You’re going to respect [the EP] because it’s my story and I’m not over exaggerating anything or putting on a facade or show, like this is my real life,” Devyn said.
Jordyn Woods Looks Incredible While Rocking Animal Print Bikini For Mirror Selfie
Jordyn Woods looked absolutely stunning when she rocked an animal print bikini in a sexy mirror selfie!
When it comes to Jordyn Woods, 23, one thing is for sure – she loves bikini photos. Her latest photo may just be our favorite though as she rocked a zebra-patterned string bikini in a sexy mirror selfie. The Monday Swimwear two-piece featured the Palma triangle top with hi-rise string Palma bottoms that put her toned stomach and legs on full display. She captioned the photo, “sweet love” and the post already has over 180,000 likes and counting. Her long black hair was done down and straight while parted in the middle.
Jordyn is always posting sexy bikini pics and this is just one of many. Just recently, she posted photos of herself on the beach without a drop of makeup while her hair was down in natural curls and she rocked a neon bikini. The green two-piece featured an underwire top with super cheeky bottoms and she posted a photo of herself from the front and the back so we could get the full picture. Another one of her favorite looks from her was when she posted a slideshow of her on vacation at the beach. She opted to wear a mauve printed bikini featuring a tiny triangle top with stringy bottoms, Chanel sandals, and a Chanel beach bag.
While on that same vacation, Jordyn rocked yet another sexy bikini that was bright blue. The scrunched top was low-cut and had a ring in the center while the low-cut bottoms had a ring on either side. As a cover-up, she chose to throw on a pair of high-waisted drawstring cotton blue shorts which showed off just how tiny her waist is. There’s nothing we love more than seeing how confident Jordyn is in her own skin and we seriously live for her sexy bikini pics.