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FLORIDA, Feb 20 – Tiger Woods's family may be going through a difficult time, but Elin Nordegren doesn't appear to be letting the trouble put a damper on son Charlie's first birthday: She was spotted last week Monday toting a wrapped gift outside her children's school in Windermere, Fla."No matter what else is going on in Elin’s life, nothing gets in the way of her children and their activities," a source told celebrity magazine and websites in the US . "She is a wonderful and loving mom."

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, has shot down his wish for her to move back in with him, according to RadarOnline. A source tells the web site that former model "looks great," adding that "the stress caused her to lose too much weight about a month ago but now she’s working out and she’s more beautiful than ever."

In December, a flurry of reports indicated that Elin planned to divorce her husband, with one source claiming a "divorce is 100 percent on." She was also seen without her wedding ring. While some articles suggest there may be a thaw in the relationship — she reportedly dropped her divorce lawyer — other signs are not as hopeful. Nordegren was pictured partying with friends and without her wedding ring, and they are still evidently living apart.

And indeed, more obstacles constantly present themselves. Just yesterday busty porn star Joslyn James said Tiger twice got her pregnant and that they regularly had unprotected sex.

And it’s always possible that another alleged mistress will speak up. Perhaps Holly Sampson, another porn star and possible escort, will film another video describing their "amazing" and "sensual" sexual encounter.

Meanwhile, Playboy model Loredana Jolie shows no signs of slowing down. She’s preparing a book that alleges Tiger had sexual encounters with men, and recently dished that the superstar golfer’s sex fantasies are "not normal."

An emotional Tiger Woods apologized for his "irresponsible and selfish behavior" as the golf superstar broke his silence on the sex scandal that engulfed him last year.

In a brutally honest self-assessment broadcast live around the world Friday, the 34-year-old admitted to a string of infidelities and confirmed he had been undergoing treatment in a rehabilitation center for 45 days.

However after repeatedly apologizing to family, friends and fans during his 13-minute address, Woods did not confirm when he would return to golf, saying only that it would be "one day," possibly this year.

"I want to say to each of you simply and directly: I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in," Woods told a hand-picked audience of friends and journalists at the USPGA Tour Headquarters in Florida.

"I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame," a humbled Woods said, at times staring directly into the camera during his blunt admissions of wrongdoing and apology to his fans and associates.

"For all that I have done, I am so sorry. I have a lot to atone for."

Woods’s squeaky-clean image was left in tatters last year after a mysterious late-night car crash outside his home in Florida was followed by a string of lurid revelations about his personal life.

More than a dozen women were linked to the billionaire sports star in the weeks following the car crash. Woods later admitted "transgressions" but had not been seen or spoken in public until this week.

On Friday he emerged before a spellbound nation for the biggest televised mea culpa since president Bill Clinton admitted an "inappropriate" relationship with Monica Lewinsky in 1998.

Friday’s apology even affected financial markets as Wall Street dealers halted trading to watch television screens.

"It’s hard to admit that I need help, but I do," Woods said. "For 45 days from the end of December to early February I was in in-patient therapy receiving guidance for the issues I’m facing," Woods said. "I have a long way to go. But I’ve taken my first steps in the right direction."

Woods said that during a sporting career which had seen him elevated to iconic status, and on course to become the most successful golfer in history, he had begun to feel a sense of entitlement.

"I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply.

"I was wrong, I was foolish. I don’t get to play by different rules."

Woods also used the occasion to scotch reports that his wife Elin physically attacked him during the incident on November 27 which triggered the scandal.

"It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that," said Woods. "Elin never hit me that night or any other night.

"There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal."

Woods also kept fans guessing about when he may return to the sport following his self-imposed exile.

"I do plan to return to golf one day. I just don’t know when that day will be," Woods said. "I don’t rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game."

Woods said he had begun to re-embrace Buddhism to help his rehabilitation, saying he had been schooled in the faith as a youngster by his Thai mother.

"Obviously I lost track of what I was taught," Woods said.

Reaction to Woods’s comments was mixed, with some pundits applauding as others dismissed it as a cynical exercise in media manipulation.

An opinion poll conducted by HCD Research after the televised appearance found 64 percent of viewers believed that Woods’s apology was sufficient.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos described Woods’s words as "one of the most remarkable public apologies ever by a public figure."

"He left nothing on the table. "This is a man who has thought a lot about what he did," Stephanopoulos said.

British Open champion Stewart Cink said he was impressed by Woods’s willingness to speak openly about his personal problems.

"I was moved by how difficult it seemed to be for him, but that’s a big part of the process — to go through that difficulty and face up to what’s happened," Cink said on the sidelines of a tournament in Arizona.

But Rick Cerone, former chief of public relations for the New York Yankees, took an opposite view. "What I saw was arrogance," he told CNN. "It was basically an infomercial."

Woods is the world’s first billion-dollar athlete, and sponsors past, present and future were likely watching the apology closely.

"It was good to see Tiger address the public today, and we’re supportive of his focus toward family and rebuilding his life," Peter Moore, president of EA Sports which remains committed to releasing a Tiger Woods golf game later this year, said in a statement.

"He remains one of the greatest athletes in history, and as a long-standing partner, we look forward to seeing Tiger back on the golf course when the time is right for him and his family."

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