- According to the Wall Street Journal, Elon Musk had an affair with the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
- Brin and Nicole Shanahan divorced in January of this year, shortly after Brin learned of the affair, the report said.
- Brin, an old friend of Musk’s, has pulled investments from various Tesla CEO companies in recent months.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Elon Musk was involved in an affair last fall with the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, an old friend of Musk and a Tesla investor.
The Wall Street Journal reported that this affair led to Brin’s divorce from Nicole Shanahan in January. According to court filings, the two cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split and the filings were filed just weeks after Brin became aware of the matter, according to the newspaper.
A source close to the matter told the newspaper that the relationship between Musk and Brin had soured in recent months, and Brin instructed his financial advisors to sell his investments in various businesses to Tesla. Brin previously invested $500,000 in Tesla in 2008.
Sources told the newspaper that at the time of the relationship – which reportedly began in December 2021 at Art Basel in Miami – Brin and Shanahan split, but they still live together.
Sources said Bryn and Shanahan were experiencing difficulties in their marriage at the time, largely related to the stresses associated with COVID-19 and taking care of their 3-year-old daughter.
The relationship allegedly began when Musk and his girlfriend Grimes broke up. Grimes and Musk have two children, the last of which was a daughter who was born via a surrogate in the same month of the relationship.
This news comes after a particularly turbulent few months for Musk in 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, a Musk company.
His father, 76-year-old Errol Musk, reportedly also had a second child with his stepdaughter recently, and told The Sun he has been asked to donate his sperm in order for more people to reproduce like his son.
Meanwhile, Musk is currently embroiled in a contentious legal battle with Twitter, after the Tesla CEO withdrew from his $44 billion deal to buy the social media platform. In a letter filed by his attorneys, Musk claimed Twitter had “fulfilled its contractual obligations,” a claim the company contested, and it is now taking Musk to court.
This is an evolving story, please check back for updates.