Updated: April 21, 2013 6:04AM
Now that Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have confirmed their long-rumored romance, I’ve learned that Vonn is not entering this relationship with blinders on.
Like the rest of the world — at least those not living under a rock — Vonn is very aware of the frequent straying that led to the collapse of Woods’ marriage to Elin Nordegren.
† According to a source very close to the Woods camp, the golf star has been very candid with Olympic ski champ Vonn, promising her he’s seen the error of his ways and will remain faithful to her.
It was her natural concern about Tiger’s past womanizing “that made her prefer to keep him as just a good pal — a platonic friend — when they first became acquainted,” said the source. “It was only over a period of many months that Lindsey discovered she had stronger feelings for Tiger, and that led to them having pretty serious discussions about how to move forward. … That’s when Tiger realized he had to make that kind of commitment to Lindsey.”
That said, the source stressed we should not be looking for a pending wedding anytime soon: “They both are too concentrated on their careers right now. It’s just nice they have found each other for when they can be together.”
† I’ve also learned that Woods’ ex-wife is happy for him, and somewhat amused she and Vonn have similar appearances — said to be something the ex-couple’s children have also noted.
PARTY PEOPLE: Fans of Florence + The Machine will want to now that Rob Ackroyd from the Grammy-nominated band will be the special guest DJ at Drumbar’s new “Bourbon & Beats” party Thursday night.
SPLITSVILLE SAGA: While recent Oscar host and “Family Guy” creator and actor Seth MacFarlane recently has stressed he wasn’t really in a major relationship, he had been steadily dating “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke since the couple met at a HBO Emmy party last September.
Well, not any more. E! reports the once coosome twosome have gone their separate ways — mainly due to the old challenge of trying to maintain a relationship while living and working far apart. MacFarlane is very much based in Southern California, and Clarke has been spending a great deal of time shooting “Game of Thrones” in Europe.
† Also reportedly split — yet again — are Katy Perry and John Mayer. According to Us Weekly, the couple are taking a break for their careers, but a source indicates Perry has “left the door open” to reconnecting with Mayer in the future.
FLYING FORD: After Harrison Ford returned to his Chicago hometown Monday, he headed to Washington on Tuesday to join the U.S. House General Aviation Caucus to “discuss issues of importance to the general aviation community,” Missouri GOP U.S. Rep. Sam Graves said in a statement.
† Ford famously feuded with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley after telling this column of his anger over Daley’s “Midnight Surprise” — the March 2003 destruction of the runway at the former Meigs Field on the city’s lakefront. The closing of Meigs led to the creation of the Northerly Island recreation and park area. When Ford expressed displeasure again in 2010, Daley called Ford “a great actor, but a spoiled elitist” who didn’t understand the creation of a lakefront venue was more important to the average citizen that maintaining a airport mostly used by rich private pilots.
† Ford was in Chicago on Monday as the guest of honor at a party hosted by Michigan Avenue magazine at Chicago Cut restaurant. The actor is the magazine’s cover feature this month -- part of his promotion for the April 12 release of “42,” the film about Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Ford portrays Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey.
LOCAL LIGHTS: Congrats to Chicago filmmaker J oe Swanberg and his team behind the writer-director’s “Drinking Buddies,” which has been snapped up by Magnolia Pictures for North American distribution after premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The Chicago-made film stars Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston in a romantic tale about Chicago craft brewery workers and the key people in their lives. “Drinking Buddies” will have its theatrical release later this year.
“Drinking Buddies” will have its theatrical release later this year.
Before that Saturday night gala, there will be a big Friday night kickoff party at Alhambra Palace, with a performance by Roy Ayers.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox — appearing here in the Broadway-bound production of “Jekyll & Hyde” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre — were spotted dining Tuesday at Roka Akor on North Clark. ... No doubt reality TV star Bill Rancic was working off all the pasta he’s been eating at his popular RPM Italian when he was spied hitting the treadmill at Equinox’s Gold Coast location.
FIGHTING GUNS: Hundreds of Chicago artists of all kinds are expected to converge on Daley Plaza at noon on Sunday as Art = Ammo: Artists Against Gun Violence teams up with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence to create a flash mob to bring attention to the impact of gun violence on our communities. Key to organizing the event is Broadway performer and choreographer Lorin Latarro, who will lead a performance of the artists who participate.
Bill Zwecker also reports on WFLD-Channel 32.