Tesla founder denied a Wall Street Journal article stating he had a “brief affair” with Nicole Shanahan, who is divorcing Google co-founder Sergey Brin
Elon Musk admitted that he had a “brief affair” with Sergey Brin’s estranged wife, Nicole Shanahan, while denying a Wall Street Journal report that his friendship with Google co-founder Sergey Brin had broken down.
According to the Journal, Musk and Shanahan’s affair occurred late last year and not only ended Brin and Musk’s friendship but also caused Brin and Shanahan to file for divorce. But on Sunday night, July 24, Musk responded to a person who’d shared the article on Twitter, calling it “total bs.”
“Sergey and I went to a party together last night! We’re good buddies!” According to what Musk had to say, “I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with many other people around. Nothing romantic.”
It’s no secret that Brin and Musk have been friends for a long time. Brin even loaned Tesla $500,000 during the 2008 financial crisis when the company was struggling to stay afloat. Musk repaid the favour in 2015 when he gave Brin one of Tesla’s first electric SUVs. It’s unclear how much money Brin has invested in Musk’s companies or if any sales have taken place, but the Journal reports that the friendship between Brin and Musk has soured to the point where Brin told his financial advisors to sell his personal stakes.
When Brin and Shanahan filed for divorce in January, they claimed “irreconcilable disagreements” as the reason. According to the filing, Brin said the couple had separated on Dec. 15, 2021, though they were reportedly still living together. Musk and Shanahan’s reported affair allegedly took place in early December 2021.