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Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren aren't as close as they once were, but a source believes their marriage will survive in one form or another.
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updated 3/1/2010 9:38:43 PM ET 2010-03-02T02:38:43

After last week’s family reunion, Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren are said to be back to living separate lives. That may not sound like a good sign for the struggling couple, but one insider insists the relationship isn’t nearing its end. In fact, the source believes the couple’s marriage, in some form or another, is sure to survive.

“(Elin) put the divorce on hold, but she’s not caving in and doing everything (Tiger) wants,” the source told Radar Online. “It looks like they will stay married — but I don’t know what kind of marriage it’s going to be.”

It’s likely to be the kind of marriage the golf great must work very hard to maintain — if he wants it at all.

“Tiger is trying to win her back,” the source said. “He’s being as patient as he can because he knows he caused all this. But he’s not a patient guy by nature.”

Last season’s pro ‘Dancing’ champ won’t return
Earning the coveted mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars” doesn’t necessarily earn a pro more ballroom bucks — or even the guarantee of a job. That’s the lesson last season’s “Dancing” champ, Kym Johnson, recently learned when she tried to parlay her winning ways into a bigger payday.

According to E! News, the “Dancing” vet had hoped waltzing Donny Osmond to victory was enough to prove her worth, but the powers-that-be behind the competition just didn’t agree.

“(Johnson) and her agent went after more money in her contract,” an insider revealed. But producers were “not happy they played the money game, so they left her off and didn't renew her contract.”

Johnson now joins ballroom regulars Jonathan Roberts, Karina Smirnoff, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer in this season’s no-“Dancing” zone.

Sharon Osbourne on fame-obsessed kids
Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings Not everyone’s ready for their close-up, but Sharon Osbourne fears children today are growing up to expect it. In a column for the Daily Mail, Osbourne explained her take on the fame-entitled generation.

“There is an epidemic of fame-obsessed youngsters — aged between 10 and 25 — who wrongly believe celebrity is a shortcut to wealth and happiness, and who are convinced it will bring them everything they want,” Osbourne insisted. “An entire generation that doesn't understand that nothing worth having comes easily.”

Reality TV shows seem to fuel these celebrity fiends with easy-come ideas about fame and fortune. But Osbourne is reluctant to take any blame for her own role in the fame game. What about “The Osbournes,” where her children found notoriety, or her panel participation on televised talent contests?

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“Some might argue that I have contributed to the fame epidemic myself, with ‘The Osbournes’ show, and by appearing on ‘X Factor’ and ‘America's Got Talent,’ ” Osbourne said. “ ‘The Osbournes’ opened so many doors for us, and both Jack and Kelly loved doing it. But although we pioneered the reality show, I didn't expect the wave of copycat programs that followed.”

So it seems, at least according to Osbourne, early adopters of the medium don’t count toward the problem. And as for those pesky talent shows? Well, Osbourne practically shifts her entire stance after mentioning her own participation and all but encourages fame seekers to sign up.

“If you are prepared for it, and it makes you happy, do it,” the music manager-turned-talent-judge advised. “It's a great opportunity for a very rich life experience, a chance to meet interesting people and travel. Why not take a roll of the dice? If you win, fantastic. You'll have one hit record — maybe more if you're very lucky. But don't expect a career with the longevity of, say, Ozzy’s. He has had 40 years in the business and it’s still a struggle. (Of course, it helps if you marry your manager.)”

Dish on the fly
Two photographers who planned to sneak a few shots of Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney’s nuptials last Saturday found themselves pinned down to the ground under a pack of security guards instead. One paparazzo, who was later arrested for obstructing a path during the incident, claimed his fight with “The Bachelor’s” brutes isn’t over. “I'm pissed,” the unnamed lensman told X17 Online. “Those guys were way out of line. We were not posing a threat to anyone and ABC staged a wedding area that was in clear view from the public property just next to it. If they wanted protection from the media, they should have had the ceremony indoors. I'm not going to let those guys get away with what they did — the way they treated us was inhumane.” Oh, won’t someone think of the paparazzi?

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ReeHines.

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  1. Once considered a model family man, that image of Tiger Woods has been replaced with a much different one. (Handout / Dom Furore/Woods Family via Gett) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. On March 16, 2010, after undergoing two months of therapy and working on repairing his marriage, Tiger Woods announced he would make his return to golf at the Masters. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. On Feb. 19, 2010 at TPC Sawgrass, Tiger Woods addressed a room of his closest associates and a few reporters -- and the millions of people watching the broadcast feed. He publicly admitted to cheating on his wife, who was not in attendance, apologized for his actions and promised to make amends. He also denied that Elin had ever hit him and implored the paparazzi leave his family alone. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Following his speech at TPC Sawgrass, Tiger Woods immediately went over to hug his mother, Kultida. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. While endorsements and price money made Tiger Woods the world's first athlete to earn over a billion dollars in his career (before taxes), many of his sponsors decided to cut ties with him following the revelations about his extramarital affairs. (David Cannon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. In the early hours of Nov. 27, 2009, Tiger Woods drove his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree near the entrance of his Florida home. His accident came after initial reports surfaced about an affair Woods was having. Since then, many more women have stepped forward claiming they also had affairs with Woods. In a message posted on his website, he apologized for his "transgressions" and announced he would be taking an "indefinite break" from the sport of golf. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. On Nov. 21, 2009, Tiger Woods' family was on hand to watch him be inducted into Stanford University's Hall of Fame. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Kultida Woods joined son Tiger, Elin and Sam when a bronze statue bearing the likeness of Tiger with his late father Earl was unveiled inside the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Jan. 21, 2008. (Damian Dovarganes / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Golf is a family affair for the Woods clan. (Robert Laberge / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Sam and Elin Woods seem to be attached at the hip when watching Tiger play. (Travis Lindquist / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Tiger Woods and Elin are raising Sam to be bilingual. Elin speaks only Swedish when talking with Sam, while Tiger speaks to Sam in English. (Travis Lindquist / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Elin and Sam Woods were on hand to watch Tiger gut his way to a win in the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course on June 16, 2008. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. In the past, Elin Nordegren has supported Tiger by walking up and down the golf course following her husband's group. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Sam Alexis is the first child of Tiger and Elin Woods. Her first name was chosen as a tribute to Tiger's father, Earl, who always believed that Tiger looked more like a Sam. (Damian Dovarganes / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Just as Tiger Woods wears red on the final day of a tournament, mother Kultida, daughter Sam Alexis and wife Elin join in the tradition. (Reed Saxon / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Both Elin and Sam were present for a ceremony where a statue bearing the likeness of Tiger with his late father Earl Woods was unveiled inside the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif., in January of 2008. (Damian Dovarganes / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Sam Alexis Woods was born on June 18, 2007, just one day after Tiger finished second in the 2007 U.S. Open (Reed Saxon / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A pregnant Elin joined Henrik Stenson's wife Emma, who was also pregnant at the time, to give moral support to their husbands. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. In addition to consistently showing her support for her husband on the golf course, Elin also showed support for Stanford University, the university at which Tiger played for two years before turning professional. (Rob Carr / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. If their schedules permitted, Elin and Tiger Woods often went to watch good friend and fellow sports superstar Roger Federer play. (Clive Brunskill / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. In 2005, Tiger and Elin Woods attended the wedding of Steve Williams, Woods' caddy since 1999. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. The first major tournament Tiger Woods won after getting married to Elin was The Masters in 2005. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Since Tiger and Elin were married in October of 2004, Tiger Woods has won each of the four major tournaments at least once. (David Cannon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Michael Jordan, who came to watch the action at the 2006 Ryder Cup, was one of many athletes and celebrities who attended the wedding of Tiger and Elin. (Anonymous / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Elin's twin sister Josefin (in visor) joined Tiger, Elin and another friend in the Barbados for their wedding. Woods' luxury yacht, "Privacy," was anchored off the coast of the island. (Gregory Bull / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. On October 5, 2004, Tiger married Elin by the 19th hole of the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados. In order to ensure their privacy, they bought out the island's helicopter charter company and booked the entire hotel. (Harry How / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. After playing in the Presidents Cup in November 2003, Tiger Woods proposed to Elin at the luxury Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. From their courtside seats, Tiger and Elin Woods watched the Los Angeles Lakers play in February 2003. (Vince Bucci / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Just 11 years old when she teed off at the Junior World Golf Championships in mid-July of 2002, Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, also showed an early talent in the sport. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Tiger and Earl Woods enjoyed an extremely close relationship before Earl's death due to prostate cancer on May 3, 2006. He was first diagnosed in 1998. (David J. Phillip / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Elin joined Tiger's parents, Earl and Kultida, as a fixture on the golf course when Woods was playing. (David Cannon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Born Jan. 1, 1980 in Stockholm, Sweden, Elin Nordegren Woods is a former model. She has a twin sister, Josefin. (Andrew Redington / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. When they met in 2001, Tiger Woods was 26 years old, and Elin was 21. (David Cannon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Elin Nordegren was working as a nanny for Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik when he introduced her to Tiger Woods during the 2001 British Open. (Andrew Redington / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. After Earl Woods met Kultida during his time in Asia during the Vietnam War, the two married and had Eldrick Tont Woods on Dec. 30, 1975. Nicknamed "Tiger" because of Earl's friendship with Vuong Dang (Tiger) Phong, a Vietnamese Army Colonel. (Ken Levine / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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