Why Our Culture is Obsessed with Celebrity Problems

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After being charged with careless driving, star golfer Tiger Woods has finally broken his silence saying he regrets his "transgressions."

The golfer made that statement on his Web site a few days after a tabloid magazine ran a cover story reporting Woods had an affair with another woman in 2007.

The world's No. 1 golfer is trying to keep the matter private.

Dr. Linda Mintle, a family therapist, discussed with CBN News why our culture seems to revel in the problems of celebrities and why the American public is fascinated by it. Click play to watch the interview as seen on CBN Newschannel's Morning program, Dec. 3.

"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions," he wrote. "I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves."

He also made a plea for privacy saying, "personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions."

Fellow PGA golfer Stewart Cink expressed sadness over the news. Cink is playing at the tournament Woods, himself, sponsors, but will be absent from this time around.

"I just feel bad for their family that this is all happening," Cink said.

As to the car crash that led to all the media coverage, Woods denied persistent rumors that his injuries were related to a domestic dispute.

"Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect," Woods said of his wife.

After having issued the multimillionaire a $164 careless driving citation, police say the criminal investigation is over.

However, the investigation into Woods' personal life is probably far from nearing an end.

Meanwhile, Woods expressed the hope that his family and fans would stick by him during the controversy.

"I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves," he vowed. "For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology."

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