Lindsey Vonn (Annie Leibovitz/Vogue)
When it comes to big-deal social events, the Met Gala is one of the year's most anticipated. The swanky soiree always takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is always hosted by fashion bible Vogue, and always features plenty of Hollywood's hottest celebrities dressed in creative creations from world-renowned designers. But when this year's event took place in May, the media was most eagerly awaiting the appearance of not A-list actors, but two professional athletes: Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn.
Vonn and boyfriend Tiger Woods (Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images)
"Tiger's fame is obviously in the extreme, the amount of scrutiny that he's constantly under," Vonn, 28, says in Vogue's new August issue. "But that's the thing: It all comes back to being happy. It doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks; do what you love to do and be happy and that's it."
Thanks to the fact Vonn is Woods's first serious girlfriend since his infidelity scandal made international headlines and led to his split from wife Elin Nordegren, the world continues to follow their relationship, which, says Vonn, she and Woods, 37, didn't rush into.
The two met at a charity event last year and, she says, hit it off right away. "We immediately clicked, you know? It was just one of those things," the gold medalist shares. But things didn't turn romantic initially. "We talked a lot, corresponded a lot, and he was a good friend who was always there. And then it became more. It's amazing. Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it."
While Woods's divorce from his ex-wife was very well-documented, Vonn also went through a painful breakup, having finalized the end of her five-year marriage to her skiing coach Thomas Vonn just last year. Not only wouldn't she marry a fellow skier again, Vonn insists she won't walk down the aisle again for anyone. Ever.
"I think there needs to be a certain kind of understanding because it's very hard for me to relate to someone who doesn't do sports at a high level. That part is necessary," explains Vonn. "But to have business in the relationship is very difficult. It definitely did not work for me, and I would not recommend it. I would also not recommend getting married! When the interviewer presses her on the issue of marriage (you know, it could happen sometime in the future), she doesn't budge on her answer. "No, thanks! I am definitely not getting married. To anyone."
Sorry, Tiger. That means you too.
The August issue of Vogue hits newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, July 23.
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- Tiger Woods
- Lindsey Vonn
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