In Sweden, business as usual for Tiger’s in-laws
Thomas Nordegren’s popular Swedish radio talk show on Wednesday
included the usual discussion of current events, anecdotes from his
time as a foreign correspondent and an interview with former ABBA
member Benny Andersson.
Absent, as usual, was any mention of his famous daughter and
son-in-law – Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods.
While both of Nordegren’s parents are celebrities in their own
right in Sweden, they have managed to maintain a “business as
usual” approach without facing anything like the horde of
journalists and paparazzi scampering to get the latest details
about Woods or his wife back in Florida.
Elin’s mother Barbro Holmberg – a well-known Swedish politician
and former migration minister – did get thrown into the media
spotlight when she was rushed to the hospital from Woods’ house
outside Orlando this month.
However, when she returned to work this week as county governor
of Gavleborg in central Sweden, the focus was not on Woods but
about handling a crisis involving the closing of an LM Ericsson
plant in her region.
Both Holmberg and Thomas Nordegren have repeatedly refused to
comment on their daughter’s marriage ordeal, and it’s a position
most local media are politely respecting.
Holmberg did find a Swedish tabloid journalist waiting outside
her house when she went back to work this week, but simply gave her
standard answer – “I don’t talk to media about my private life” –
before heading off to a meeting about the laid-off plant
Thomas Nordegren has, as expected, been asked by his listeners
to comment on Woods’ admitted infidelity, and briefly addressed the
requests last week.
“I do, of course, have an opinion about both the Internet
gossip and media’s treatment,” he said. “But now I view it as my
biggest task to support my daughter and my grandchildren. So to
bring that up in my own program would be inappropriate, and not in
line with the programming rules. So enough about this.”
While his show usually focuses on current events and interviews
with other journalists and artists, he has been true to his word –
ignoring the Woods saga since then.
In Wednesday’s show, Nordegren discussed issues ranging from
Swedes’ view on adopting the Euro currency to Italian Premier
Silvio Berlusconi and ABBA’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall
Nordegren used his normal relaxed style in teasing Andersson
about the pop band’s credentials – “How much ‘rock’ is ABBA,
really?” – but did seem hesitant to go into more gossipy
When another guest brought up the other celebrity marriage that
has captivated Swedish tabloids lately – singer Paul Anka’s Swedish
wife Anna was forced to deny this week that the couple is getting a
divorce – Nordegren was quick to change the subject.
“Let’s move on,” he said.
When it comes to Elin Nordegren’s family, at least, Sweden seems
willing to do the same.