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Posted Wed, August 25, 2010 8:16am EDT

BREAKING NEWS: Elin Nordegren Finally Speaks: 'I've Been Through Hell!'

Tiger Woods’ now ex-wife Elin has given her first interview in the nine months since news of Tiger’s cheating broke. “I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock,” she tells PEOPLE magazine.

Elin Nordegren has finally described the horror and hurt she suffered when her now ex-husband Tiger Woods‘ rampant infidelity was revealed to the world last November.

In an interview with PEOPLE, Elin says, “I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children … I’ve been through hell. It’s hard to think you have this life, and then all of a sudden — was it a lie?”

On a more hopeful note, the 30-year-old mother of two, who is studying towards a college degree in psychology, “I also feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself.”

“My immediate plan is for the kids and me to continue to adjust to our new situation. I am going to keep taking classes, but my main focus is to try to give myself time to heal,” she says.

According to Elin, this interview was the only interview she’ll give. Among the other heartbreaking, startling, provocative — and inspiring — things she told PEOPLE:

  • NO TIGER ON THE TV: Elin says, “I’ve not watched one minute of golf.” Instead she has “dance parties to the Pippi Longstocking soundtrack” with the kids, reads picture books to her children, and, “whenever she could, she’d take off for a run or a bike ride.”