Tiger Woods on infidelities and his kids - 'I want them to understand before their friends tell them'

Tiger Woods has spoken candidly about his failed marriage to ex-wife Elin Nordegren and how he explained the split to his two children.

In a rare interview, the 39-year-old professional golfer reflected on his highly publicized infidelities that eventually led to the couple’s divorce in 2010, revealing they’re now the best of friends.

Speaking about what he tells his son and daughter, Sam, 8, and Charlie, 6, he admitted he had already started preparing them for the day they are old enough to find out about his affairs.

Speaking to Time magazine, he said: "I’ve taken the initiative with the kids, and told them up front, 'Guys, the reason why we’re not in the same house, why we don’t live under the same roof, Mommy and Daddy, is because Daddy made some mistakes.'”

“I just want them to understand before they get to internet age and they log on to something or have their friends tell them something… When they come of age, I’ll tell them the real story... But meanwhile, it’s just, 'Hey, Daddy made some mistakes'. I’d rather have it come from me, and I can tell them absolutely everything.”

He also admitted if he could go back and change anything about his relationship with Elin, he would have been a lot more honest.

"It would be having a more open, honest relationship with my ex-wife. Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic. She’s one of my best friends," he admitted.

"We’re able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids.”

He added that he believed their issues would have come to light if they had been honest with one another and discussed them.