There’s a big chill in the air between Tiger Woods‘ wife, Elin Nordegren, and his mother Kultida Woods. “It’s always been somewhat distant between them from the very beginning,” says a source close to Elin in the new issue of OK!.
“Elin is very Christian and Tida is very Buddhist,” the source reveals.”Tida sided with Tiger to not attend his daughter’s baptism. From that point on, their relationship went from composed and formal to distant.”
Tiger’s affairs didn’t help.
Tida, says the source, is 100 percent behind her son: “Whatever doesn’t fit into that game plan — like Elin not immediately forgiving and forgetting — makes Tida angry. She’s a woman who forgave her cheating husband, so she thinks Elin should do the same thing and stop shaming him.”
Tida’s ideals seem to pit the two against each other.
“Tida is old-fashioned and thinks Elin should stand by Tiger regardless of his behavior,” the source explains. “When Elin decided not to go to Tiger’s press conference, this really upset Tida. She was more angry at her daughter-in-law than at Tiger for putting everyone in this situation.”
Still, “they both put good faces on because they both love Tiger,” adds the source. “Elin holds the balance of power now, and she couldn’t care less what Tida wants. As far as she’s concerned, all of this, especially marital issues, is none of Tida’s business.”