August 18, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Elon Musk allegedly had a “transient affair” with Sergey Brin’s spouse Nicole Shanahan in December final yr, a report claims
  • Brin filed for divorce in January, citing “irreconcilable variations”
  • Musk reportedly begged Brin for his forgiveness throughout a celebration earlier this yr

Elon Musk allegedly had an extramarital affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s now-estranged spouse Nicole Shanahan final yr, a brand new report within the Wall Avenue Journal has claimed.

Shanahan’s alleged “transient affair” with the Tesla CEO led Brin to file for divorce earlier this yr and ended a long-standing friendship between Brin and Musk, the Wall Avenue Journal (WSJ) reported, citing unnamed sources acquainted to these concerned. Worldwide Enterprise Occasions couldn’t independently confirm the data.

Brin filed for divorce in January, citing “irreconcilable variations.” He said that he and Shanahan had been separated since Dec. 15, 2021. 

In response to the WSJ report, Musk and Shanahan’s alleged fling occurred in early December final yr, on the Artwork Basel occasion in Miami — which ran from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4 — after the SpaceX founder broke up with Grimes in September 2021.

Shanahan and Brin’s marriage had been strained at that time as a consequence of issues associated to COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and the care of their daughter, nameless sources acquainted with the connection instructed WSJ.

On the time of the alleged affair, the pair had been separated however nonetheless residing collectively, an unnamed particular person near Shanahan instructed the publication.

Musk and Brin had been longtime pals, with the previous saying that for years he often crashed at Brin’s Silicon Valley residence. 

In 2008, Brin supported Musk in the course of the monetary disaster by giving him $500,000 to maintain Tesla afloat, based on the New York Publish. Musk, now the wealthiest particular person on the planet, reportedly later gave Brin one in all Tesla’s first all-electric SUVs.

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Musk reportedly apologized to Brin and begged his good friend for forgiveness throughout a celebration earlier this yr, unnamed folks with information of the incident instructed the WSJ. However whereas Brin acknowledged the apology, he nonetheless is not chatting with Musk often, based on the sources.

Because the alleged affair, Brin has requested his monetary advisers to liquidate his investments in Musk’s varied corporations amid rising stress between the billionaires, unnamed sources instructed WSJ.

Shanahan and Brin are reportedly at present concerned in divorce mediation proceedings. She is reportedly searching for greater than $1 billion from Brin, who’s price round $90 billion.

Brin’s facet claimed that Shanahan needs greater than what’s said in a prenuptial settlement they signed. Shanahan’s facet argued that she signed the pact underneath duress whereas pregnant, unnamed sources acquainted with the negotiations instructed WSJ.

Brin’s lawyer declined to remark, and reps for Musk and Shanahan didn’t reply to requests for remark, based on WSJ.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated the corporate liquidated about 75 p.c of its bitcoin holdings due to the uncertainty of when Shanghai operations would return Photograph: AFP / Odd ANDERSEN

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