Until their split in May, Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods were one of the most talked-about couples in sports.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Vonn gives some insight into why the pair called it quits after three years.
“Jumping into a relationship right away after getting a divorce was probably not the smartest move on my part,” Vonn told the paper. (She and ex-husband Thomas Vonn split in November 2011 after four years of marriage.)
“Thomas was really my first boyfriend, so I didn’t have a lot of dating experience,” she said.
Still, the ski star had nothing but good things to say about her relationship with Woods.
“I don’t regret anything. I loved Tiger, and I had an amazing three years with him. But it was a learning experience as well. With every relationship, you learn what you need and what you want in a partner,” she said.
The pair confirmed that they were dating in his-and-hers Facebook posts in March 2013. Vonn used the same medium to announce the pair had “mutually decided” to end their relationship on May 3, attributing the split to their “incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart.”
Woods and his ex-wife Elin Nordegren famously divorced in August 2010 after the golfer’s numerous infidelities came to light. He and Vonn met several years later at a charity event in 2012, Vonn told Vogue.
The 31-year-old skiing star told The New York Times that she hopes to have a family one day, but she’s not focused on dating at the moment.
“I don’t have a boyfriend, and you need one of those to start a family,” she told the paper. “I really want a family; I come from a big family. But I’m not going to force anything. I have a limited window to accomplish my ski-racing dreams, so I don’t want to give that up for really anything.”
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