Elon Musk Denies Report of Affair With Google Co-Founder’s Wife

Elon Musk had a brief affair last fall with the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, according to an explosive Wall Street Journal report published Sunday. The Journal reports that the affair led to Brin’s divorce with Nicole Shanahan earlier this year, and that it ended the close friendship between Musk and Brin. Musk, however, denied the report and called it a “hit piece.” Brin and 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 rejected the Journal’s report in a tweet, calling 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 many other people around. Nothing romantic.”Responding to a comment on Twitter, Musk then tweeted: “Haven’t even had sex in ages (sigh).”

This is total bs. Sergey and I are friends and were at a party together last night!I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with many other people around. Nothing romantic.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2022

Musk and Brin had been longtime friends, with Musk reportedly often sleeping at Brin’s Silicon Valley home. Brin, who’s worth $95 billion, has made several investments in Tesla since the company was created in 2003. Alongside 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, Musk sent pleas to several friends for investments, according to Ashlee Vance in his 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, despite acknowledging the apology, isn’t on regular speaking terms with Musk. Musk, in a subsequent tweet, called the article a “Tesla hit piece.” News of the alleged affair comes at a turbulent time for the Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO, who’s also the wealthiest person on the planet. Earlier this month, Twitter sued Musk to complete his proposed $44 billion purchase of the social media platform after he informed Twitter he was ending the agreement to buy the company.Around the same time, it was revealed that Musk and one of his top executives secretly had twins in November. Musk has also battled allegations that SpaceX paid a flight attendant $250,000 to settle allegations that the billionaire exposed himself to her during a flight.Musk didn’t 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.Update, 8:27 p.m. PT: Adds Musk’s denial of the Journal’s report.

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