Elon Musk has confirmed that this is not true, posting to Twitter:
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
According to The Wall Street Journal, Brin found out about the shenanigans earlier this year and filed for divorce shortly after.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that the affair started in autumn last year and has has caused a huge amount of tension between the now ex-friends and their teams. Musk and Brin have helped each other out over the years, with Musk gifting Brin a Tesla back in 2015 and then Brin injected $500,000 into Tesla during the economic downfall in 2018.
Brin and his wife had separated at the time the affair started, but were still living together. Brin’s ex-wife, Shanahan, quoted to Vanity Fair:
“For the sake of our child, I hope that Sergey and I will move on with dignity, honesty, and peace. And we are both working towards it,”
Although they were separated, neither party had filed for divorce. Brin then filed two weeks after Shanahan’s relations with Musk had been made public. He noted “irreconcilable issues” as the reason for the divorce.
It has also been reported that Brin will be liquidating all of his assets with any of Elon Musk’s companies.
This comes after the recent news that Musk has become a father for the tenth time. Although, this affair was not whilst Musk was with his ex-partner Grimes, he described them as “semi-separated”, and was expecting her child via surrogate in December 2021, just a month after welcoming twins with one of his top executives at Neurolink.
He’s been busy.