Imagine this: a beautiful Swedish nanny and an equally-striking word-class Olympic athlete relaxing together, braiding each other’s long blond hair, talking about boys. Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on that wall?
Now, imagine the two women are Elin Nordegren, a former model, and NBC correspondent, Lindsey Vonn. The pair might not be braiding each other’s hair, but they’re probably talking about boys, or at least one boy, in particular: Nordegren’s ex-husband and Vonn’s current boyfriend, Tiger Woods.
The two women originally met each other because Nordegren knew Vonn would be spending time with her children — Sam, 6, and Charlie, 5 — and she wanted to get to know the person who would be around her kids. Turns out, the unlikely allies bonded and have actually grown to like each other’s company, according to Us magazine. Though Nordegren had previously given Vonn and Woods her blessing, there has been no previous evidence of a close relationship between the two women. Until now.
“After meeting her, she found she actually liked her,” an inside source told Us of Nordegren. “You’d think it would be weird, but Elin loves Lindsey and they talk all the time. Elin likes that Lindsey is a strong woman.” The source added, “Lindsey is really good for Tiger. She’s strong, opinionated, and keeps him in line. Elin found that they were very similar and have a lot in common. They laugh and talk like they have been girlfriends forever.”
In fact, the women are so comfortable that they took a joint family vacation together recently. The skier and the former model even struck out on their own to enjoy drinks while Woods stayed back to care for the children.
Vonn’s warm and fuzzy feelings for her boyfriend’s gorgeous ex didn’t materialize overnight. Just last March, the athlete was busted hiding from Nordegren at a family event. Vonn waited in Woods’ black Mercedes for over an hour at his daughter’s softball game, just to avoid the Swedish beauty.
Nordegren and Woods divorced back in 2010, following the golfer’s cheating and sex scandal which rocked the sports world and tarnished his professional image. Woods and Vonn went public with their relationship in March of last year.