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Elon Musk reportedly had an affair with Google co-founder’s wife

Elon Musk had a brief affair last fall with the wife of Sergey Brin, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, leading the Google co-founder to file for divorce earlier this year. The case ended the once close relationship between Musk and Brin, according to the Journal report. Musk dismissed the report as a “hit piece”.

Brin and his wife, Nicole Shanahan, were separated but still living together at the time of the affair in December, a person close to her told the Journal. Brin, who married Shanahan in 2018, filed for divorce in January, citing “irreconcilable differences,” several weeks after learning of the affair, the Journal reported.

Musk dismissed the Journal report in a tweetcalling it “total bs.”

“Sergey and I are friends and were at a party together last night! Musk tweeted. “I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with lots of other people around. Nothing romantic.”

Musk and Brin were lifelong friends, with Musk often sleeping at Brin’s Silicon Valley home. Brin, who is worth $95 billion, has made several investments in Tesla since the company was founded in 2003. Alongside Larry Page, Brin contributed to a $40 million seed round in 2006. When Tesla was doing facing a cash crunch in 2008, Musk sent calls to several friends for investments, according to Ashlee Vance in her 2015 biography on Musk. Brin invested $500,000.

The Journal reported that Musk apologized to Brin at a party earlier this year, but that Brin, while acknowledging his apology, was not on good terms with Musk.

Musk, in a later tweet, called the article “Tesla’s hit piece.”

News of the alleged affair comes at a turbulent time for the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who is also the richest person on the planet. Earlier this month, Twitter sued Musk to complete its proposed $44 billion purchase of the social media platform after informing Twitter that it was terminating the agreement to purchase the company.

Around the same time, it was revealed that Musk and one of his top executives secretly had twins in November. Musk also fought allegations that SpaceX paid a flight attendant $250,000 to settle allegations that the billionaire exposed himself to her during a flight.

Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither Brin nor Shanahan, who runs a foundation focused on reproductive justice, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Update, 8:27 p.m. PT: Add Musk’s denial to Journal report.


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