Tennis legend Chris Evert and golf great Greg Norman were married in June 2008, and publicly they were the perfect couple, often photographed together smiling and holding hands. Evert, retired from competitive tennis, even served as Norman's caddie during the '08 Masters' Wednesday par 3 tournament, and was on hand when Norman, then 54, had a chance to win the British Open that summer.
Fifteen months later, the once inseparable couple are just that -- separated -- jointly releasing a statement that said only, "We will remain friends and supportive of one another's family."
Turns out, that's not entirely true, at least from Evert's perspective. In a recent interview with Woman's Day, Evert spoke frankly about her short-lived relationship. (Via News.com.au):
"I had no idea it was coming. No idea," Evert said of her split with Norman. It wasn't talked about, ever. ... Never in a million years did I imagine it would end up like this." ...Norman and Evert's relationship became public in January 2007, shortly after Norman's ex-wife got a $103 million divorce settlement, and Evert ended her marriage to former champion skier Andy Mill. The two high-profile professional athletes were engaged in December of '07, but not before Mill told Australia's Herald Sun, "Greg Norman at one time was my best friend and ... I would have taken a bullet for this guy. ... But I didn't realize he was the one who was going to pull the trigger."
A brutally frank Evert has told the magazine she and Norman would never be friends and the divorce has put her off seeking new love. When asked if she missed Norman, Evert said: "I miss my family time with Andy and the kids. That was 20 years of history. Probably the best years of my life. I also really miss Greg's parents. The best part about him are his parents."
Making matters worse: a month after Norman and Evert were married, she admitted that their relationship began as an affair. According to a News.com.au report from July, 2008:
The tennis legend revealed that she and Norman had tried to fight their desire for each other and had undergone couples-counseling with their longtime spouses, Andy Mill and Laura Andrassy, in an effort to overcome their mutual attraction.It gets sadder: Evert told the Women's Day that she felt guilty over "breaking the heart" of her devoted ex-husband Mill. And while she has sworn off love, it took Norman less than six months to get on with his life: In April, New Idea magazine reported that the Shark, 55, was dating 41-year-old Kirsten Kutner.
"It was like an irresistible force," she said. "How do you explain something like that?"