- Elon Musk had an affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife, according to the Wall Street Journal.
- Brin and Nicole Shanahan divorced in January of this year, shortly after Brin found out about the relationship, the report says.
- Brin, a longtime friend of Musk, has pulled investments from the Tesla boss’s various companies in recent months.
Elon Musk was reportedly involved in a romantic affair last fall with the wife of Google founder Sergey Brin, a longtime friend of Musk’s and a Tesla investor, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The affair reportedly prompted Brin’s divorce from Nicole Shanahan in January, the WSJ reported. According to court documents, the two cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split, and the filings were filed just weeks after Brin learned of the relationship, according to the Journal.
A source close to the matter told the Journal that relations between Musk and Brin have been strained in recent months, and Brin instructed his financial advisers to sell their investments in the Tesla chief’s various businesses. Brin previously invested $500,000 in Tesla in 2008.
Sources told the Journal that at the time of the affair — which reportedly began in December 2021 at Art Basel in Miami — Brin and Shanahan were separated but still living together.
The sources said Brin and Shanahan were facing marital difficulties at the time, mostly related to stressors related to COVID-19 and caring for their 3-year-old daughter.
The affair is said to have also started when Musk and his girlfriend, Grimes, broke up. Grimes and Musk have two children, including most recently a daughter who was born via surrogate the same month of the affair.
The news comes after a particularly turbulent few months for Musk in both his personal and professional life. Earlier this month, Insider’s Julia Black reported that the billionaire quietly had twins last November with Shivon Zilis, director of operations and special projects for Neuralink, one of Musk’s companies.
His father, 76-year-old Errol Musk, also reportedly fathered a second child with his stepdaughter recently, and told The Sun he was asked to donate the sperm to reproduce more people like his son.
Meanwhile, Musk is currently embroiled in a contentious legal battle with Twitter, after the Tesla boss backed out of his $44 billion deal to buy the social media platform. In a letter filed by his lawyers, Musk claimed that Twitter had now “fulfilled its contractual obligations,” a claim the company has disputed and is now taking Musk to court.
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