IT took FIVE long years, but Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren has finally spoken out about the hell she went through after learning about his serial cheating ways.

Of course, the scandal is old news to ENQUIRER readers since we were first to reveal all the startling details of Tiger’s wild af­fair with New York party girl Rachel Uchitel.

Breaking her silence, Elin, 34, recently told a re­porter: “The word betrayed is not strong enough.” And she admitted she felt foolish for trust­ing the 38-year-old golf superstar, who at first denied any involvement with Uchitel.

But when Elin discovered the hottie’s num­ber on Tiger’s cell phone, all hell broke loose.

Over the past several years, The ENQUIRER followed up with story after story that ripped the lid off the athlete’s sin-sational life, nam­ing the names of the many women who stepped forward to claim they’d had sex with him and publish­ing the first photos of a repentant Tiger in rehab for his sexual addiction.

Elin filed for divorce and took Tiger for a whopping $110 million when the six-year marriage officially ended in August 2010.

“Our relationship (today) is centered around our children and we are doing really good,” the beauty told the interviewer. “He is a great father.”

Elin enjoys be­ing mom to her children with Ti­ger – daughter Sam, 6, and son Charlie, 5.

“In the begin­ning, you tamp down the animos­ity for the kids’ sake,” she said. “I’m not going to deny that I went through the wring­er. But I don’t think I doubted we’d end up here. That was always my dream, that the kids can have two loving par­ents that show respect for each other. And I feel that’s what they have.”

These days Elin, who just graduated from Florida’s Rollins College, is dat­ing 55-year-old coal-mining billionaire Chris Cline.

Although Elin took digs at Tiger in her commencement speech, she said: “I have moved on, and I’m in a good place.”