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.

But 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 repeatedly have 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 workers.

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.”

Although 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.

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 of Fame.

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 subjects.

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.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

U.S. Attorney David Anderson announces federal firearms charges against two men for their roles in a March 2019 shooting outside the Fillmore Heritage Center in a news conference alongside SFPD staff at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Departing U.S. attorney predicts corruption probe will continue

David Anderson shook up City Hall as top federal prosecutor

Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton, a former school board member, has been asked to help secure an agreement between the school district and teacher’s union. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
 <ins></ins>
Supervisor Walton tapped to mediate teacher contract talks

District and union at odds over hours in-person students should be in the classroom

California is set to receive supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is still under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Courtesy photo)
California could receive 380K doses of new J&J COVID vaccine next week

California could receive 380,300 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine… Continue reading

Disability advocates protested outside the home of San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon. (Courtesy Brooke Anderson)
Vaccine rollout plan for people with disabilities remains deeply flawed

On February 13, disability activists paid a visit to the house of… Continue reading

A Bay Area Concrete Recycling facility that opened on PG&E property in 2019. Former PG&E employees have been accused of accepting bribes from Bay Area Concrete. (Courtesy of Bay Area Concrete Recycling via ProPublica)
Lawsuit reveals new allegations against PG&E contractor accused of fraud

By Scott Morris Bay City News Foundation Utility giant Pacific Gas &… Continue reading

Most Read