Elon Musk had a brief affair last fall with Nicole Shanahan, the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal published on Sunday. But while the newspaper reported that the affair led to Brin’s divorce from Shanahan and the end of Musk’s close friendship with Brin, Musk denied the report. On Sunday he called it a “hit piece” and on Monday he tweeted a selfie of himself with Brin.
Brian and Shanahan were separated but were still living together at the time of the alleged relationship in December, a person close to her told the newspaper. The newspaper reported that Brin, who married Shanahan in 2018, filed for divorce in January, citing “irreconcilable differences,” several weeks after she became aware of the case.
Refused to hold the magazine Report in a tweetdescribing it as “total BA.”
“Sergey and I are friends and we were at a party together last night!” Musk tweeted on Sunday. “I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with so many other people. Nothing romantic.”
Monday, musk Post a selfie with Brian in the background.
“I spoke to both Sergey and Nicole about the article and they were adamant that they had not spoken to the Wall Street Journal, and had not authorized anyone to speak on their behalf,” Musk told the New York Post on Monday. “Moreover, I was with Sergey from Saturday night to yesterday afternoon with several mutual friends and it was a very positive feeling.”
“We are confident in our sources, and we stand by our reporting,” the Wall Street Journal said in a statement to CNET.
Musk and Brin have long been friends, with Musk reportedly often sleeping at Brin’s Silicon Valley home. Brin, who is valued at $95 billion, has made several investments in Tesla since creating the Musk-run auto company in 2003. Along with his Google co-founder Larry Page, Brin contributed to a $40 million funding round in 2006. When Tesla was facing a cash crunch in 2008, and Musk sent pleas to several friends for investment, according to Ashley Vance in his 2015 autobiography of Musk. Brin invested $500,000.
The magazine reported that Musk apologized to Brin at a party earlier this year, but Brin, although apologizing, did not speak regularly with Musk.
Musk, in a subsequent tweet, called the article “Tesla’s success piece.”
The news of the alleged relationship comes at a turbulent time for the Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO, who is also the richest person on the planet. earlier this month,To complete the social media platform’s proposed $44 billion purchase after Twitter notified it had terminated the company’s purchase agreement.
At about the same time, it was revealed that Musk and one of his top executivesIn November. Musk also fought allegations that SpaceX paid the host $250,000 to settle allegations that the billionaire revealed himself to her during the flight.
Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither Brin nor Shanahan, who runs a foundation focused on reproductive justice, could immediately be reached for comment.
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