In response to The Wall Street Journal’s claiming that the Tesla magnate had an affair with the Google founder’s wife, Elon Musk made fun of the newspaper’s investigations editor by posting a picture of himself and Sergey Brin.
According to people who’re familiar with the situation, Musk briefly had an affair with Sergey Brin’s wife in the fall of last year, which led to the Google co-founder filing for divorce earlier this year and ending their friendship.
Their falling out is just one of many personal problems Mr. Musk has had to deal with while juggling business difficulties like production delays at Tesla Inc. and a legal battle over his desire to renounce his $44 billion bid for Twitter Inc.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mr. Brin is ranked eighth globally with $95 billion, while Mr. Elon Musk is ranked first with approximately $240 billion.
According to a close friend of Ms. Shanahan, Mr. Brin and his wife were divorced but still cohabiting at the time of the alleged liaison in early December. In the divorce petition, Mr. Brin listed December 15, 2021, as the date of the couple’s separation.
Mr. Brin’s attorney declined to comment. A comment from Mr. Musk was not forthcoming. Requests for comment from Ms. Shanahan’s spokeswoman, who oversees a foundation devoted to reproductive justice, also went unanswered.
In an interview earlier this month with news site Puck, Ms. Shanahan said of filing for divorce that she hopes Sergey and her move forward with dignity, honesty, and harmony for the sake of the good. And that they’re both working towards it.
Earlier this month, Mr. Musk sought to back out of the Twitter acquisition, saying the company did not provide the information needed to gauge the prevalence of fake or spam accounts. Twitter said it “crouched behind” to provide information. He sued Mr. Musk to force him to honor the agreement, and a Delaware court agreed to an emergency hearing in October.
Mr. Brin and Mrs. Shanahan, his wife of nearly 4 years, met at the session in Wanderlust yoga practice about seven years ago, according to a person familiar with their relationship. Mr. Brin was married to Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of the genetics company 23andMe Inc., and Ms. Shanahan married a chief financial officer. Mr. Brin and Mrs. Wojcicki had two kids.
Brin and Shanahan had already struggled to get married in the fall of 2021, primarily over the blockade of Covid’s pandemic and the care of their three-year-old daughter, people familiar with their relationship said.
Mr. Brin mentioned the apology but still did not talk to Mr. Musk on a regular basis, these people said. The alleged contact occurred after Mr. Musk broke up with his girlfriend, Grimes, and singer Grimes in September. Musk and Grimes (whose real name is Claire Boucher) had their second child, a daughter, through a surrogate mother in December 2021. The twins of Musk and Neuralink executive Sibon Gillis were also born last fall. Mr. Brin and Mr. Shanahan are currently in divorce mediation involvement, and Mr. Shanahan is demanding more than $ 1 billion, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
Both sides have not yet reached an agreement. People said Brin’s side claimed that Shanahan wanted more than what was allowed in her marriage contract. Shanahan’s side claims that her request was only part of Brin’s $ 95 billion property and was forced to sign a marriage contract during pregnancy.
Brin co-founded Larry Page and Google, now a division of Alphabet Inc., in 1998 to help grow it into one of the most valuable companies in the world. He and Page resigned from Alphabet’s management team in 2019, but both remain on the board.
He has been deeply involved in fitness activities since then, and according to those who know him, he once tried to learn many different Olympic sports. He supports activities such as education and Parkinson’s disease research and oversees the $ 4.4 billion family foundation associated with an airship startup called LTA Research and Exploration.
The two men’s relationships with their respective teams have become tenser. According to several of those sources, Mr. Brin had told his financial advisers to sell each of his individual shares in Mr. Musk’s firms. The amount of those investments or whether any sales had occurred could not be ascertained.
In response to Michael Siconolfi’s post that promoted a story alleging that In Miami last December, Elon Musk had slept with Nicole Shanahan at Art Basel, Mr. Musk tweeted the image late on Sunday night. To further imply that Siconolfi is a “liar, liar, pants on fire,” Mr. Musk’s photo response included the emojis for pants and fire in the caption.
In the photo, two unidentified women and the two tech entrepreneurs are seen attending an outdoor party together.
Since the story was published in the Journal, Mr. Musk has consistently refuted it in tweets. The father of ten criticized the report in a tweet, writing, “This is total bs. I’m friends with Sergey, and we went to a party together last night. In three years, Nicole and I have only met twice, and both times, there were lots of other people present. Nothing romantic.”
Mr. Musk even referred to the report as a “character assassination” full of “nothing-burgers” moments after making that tweet.
“I work long hours, so I do not have much time for mischief,” he says. He also claimed that none of the important parties connected to these alleged wrongdoings had even been questioned.
In another tweet, Mr. Musk accused the Journal, which News Corp. of Rupert Murdoch owns, of writing “hit pieces” against him.
I’ve lost count of how many bs hit pieces WSJ has published about Tesla and me. In response to a Twitter user, he said, “It’s embarrassing for them.
Notably, Mr. Brin requested a divorce from Ms. Shanahan in January, citing their irreconcilable differences as the reason for their separation.