According to a Sunday Wall Street Journal article, Elon Musk allegedly had an adulterous relationship with Nicole Shanahan, the wealthy Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife.
According to the WSJ report, which relied on people connected to those involved, Musk and Shanahan had a “brief affair” that caused Brin to file for divorce early this year and put an end to their long-standing relationship.
On Sunday evening, Musk took to Twitter to deny the report, saying, “Yeah, the character assassination attacks have reached a new level this year, but the articles are all nothing-burgers.” The Tesla CEO went on to say, “I work crazy hours, so there just isn’t much time for shenanigans. None of the key people involved in these alleged wrongdoings were even interviewed!”
Musk continued, galvanizing his supporters to call out the publication for its reporting, tweeting, “Call them out on it, I guess. WSJ is supposed to have a high standard for journalism and, right now, they are way sub tabloid. WSJ should be running stories that actually matter to their readers and have solid factual basis, not third-party random hearsay.”
According to the WSJ, Brin filed for divorce in January, alleging “irreconcilable differences,” and the couple had been apart since December 15 according to the story. The alleged liaison between Musk and Shanahan took place at the Miami Art Basel event, which took place from December 2 to December 4, according to the newspaper.
In response to a tweet containing a link to the article, Mr. Musk called the information “total bs.”
Mr. Musk continued by claiming that he and Mr. Brin are still good friends and that they just attended a party together.
“I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with many other people around. Nothing romantic”.Musk Tweeted.
The Wall Street Journal said, citing a source close to Ms Shanahan, that Mr. Brin and his wife were living apart but still together at the time of the alleged affair in December.
Despite having a prenuptial agreement, Mr. Brin and Ms. Shanahan are presently negotiating a divorce settlement that might total $1 billion (£830 million), according to the newspaper.
Mr. Musk, who also serves as the CEO of the rocket company SpaceX, is now involved in a court battle over his abandoned proposal to pay $44 billion for Twitter.
The social networking site filed a lawsuit against him earlier this month after he declared he was abandoning his plan to acquire the company.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mr. Musk has the largest estimated fortune in the world, which is more than $240 billion.
The same ranking places Mr. Brin as the ninth richest person in the world with a net worth of almost $95 billion.