Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, denied having a brief affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan, which allegedly led to their divorce earlier this year, saying there was nothing “romantic” between them.
Elon Musk has denied affair with Sergey Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan
According to a Wall Street Journal report published on Sunday, “Musk engaged in a brief affair last fall with the wife of Sergey Brin, prompting the Google co-founder to file for divorce earlier this year and ending the tech billionaires’ long friendship”.
In a tweet, Musk said: “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,” the Tesla CEO added.
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
More details in report about alleged affair
According to the report, Musk and Shanahan had an affair at the ‘Art Basel’ event in Miami following the Tesla CEO’s split with then-girlfriend Claire Boucher, also known as Grimes.
Brin and Shanahan had split up but were still living together at the time.
The couple’s relationship was said to be strained as a result of the Covid lockdowns and their three-year-old daughter.
Brin and Musk were close friends before the affair, but their friendship soured.
Brin is said to have instructed advisers to sell his personal investments in Musk’s companies.
Brin was once dubbed “Google’s playboy.” Human resources manager Heather Cairns described his actions as “a sexual harassment claim waiting to happen.”