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Elon Musk has denied any romantic relationship with the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
The Tesla founder responded on Twitter after The Wall Street Journal On Sunday, it reported that Musk, 51, was involved in a “brief affair” with Nicole Shanahan last fall and cited people familiar with the matter.
The outlet reported that Musk and Brin were once old friends, with Brin even giving Musk $500,000 to Tesla during the 2008 financial crisis. Musk has said over the years that he “regularly crashes” at Brin’s home in Silicon Valley, Florida. The Wall Street Journal I also mentioned.
However, the publication’s sources reported that there was growing tension between the two poles and their teams after the alleged “call” in December 2021, in which Brin asked his financial advisors to sell his personal investments in Musk’s companies.
Representatives for Musk, Brin, and Shanahan did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment or comment on The Wall Street Journal.
Musk replied to a Twitter user who shared a file The Wall Street Journal An article with a comment mentions that Musk “allegedly beat up Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife which led to the couple’s divorce” and that “the two apparently no longer friends”.
“This is total bs. Me and Sergey are friends and we were at a party together last night!” Musk responded in a Twitter post on Sunday night. “I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with so many other people. Nothing romantic.”
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Elsewhere in the thread, Musk added, “You haven’t had sex even in a long time (sigh).”
Brin filed for an annulment of Shanahan’s marriage in early January, according to court documents obtained by the people.
Together, the couple share a young daughter. Brin was previously married to 23andMe co-founder Ann Wojcicki from 2007 to 2015, and they share son Benji, 13, and daughter Chloe, 11.
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Brin cited “irreconcilable differences” in his split with Shanahan, Business Insider first reported, noting that the couple had common assets but how they were divided was a “determining matter.”
In addition, Brin requested joint custody of their daughter. He also said he was not seeking spousal support from Shanahan and requested that it not be granted either.
Brin and Shanahan have appointed a special “temporary judge” to preside over the case, according to Business Insider.
Brin has filed a lawsuit in the Santa Clara Superior Court where California is dealing with a backlog system. A special interim judge will allow the couple to expedite their divorce despite the backlog of cases in the courts. It also ensures a higher level of privacy.
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“The applicant is one of the founders of Google and one of the richest and most famous tech entrepreneurs in the world. Given the high profile nature of their relationship, there is likely to be significant public interest in their dissolution and child custody issues,” Brin’s attorney wrote in a filing, adding: “It is of great concern that Such publicity puts their minor child at risk of harassment and even kidnapping, if details of their daily whereabouts are exposed to the public. ”
The Russian-American internet entrepreneur co-founded Google with Larry Page in 1998, and although both stepped down from their executive positions with search engine holding company Alphabet in 2019, Brin still retains a controlling stake, according to Forbes.