In the beginning of January, Sergey Brin filed for divorce from his estranged wife Nicole Shanahan.
According to a fresh rumor, Sergey Brin’s wife had an affair with Elon Musk.
The Wall Street Journal claimed on Sunday that Tesla CEO Elon Musk, 51, had a “brief romance” with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife, Nicole Shanahan, last October.
The media site reported that Brin and Musk were lifelong friends, and that Brin even loaned Musk $500,000 to help Tesla during the 2008 economic crisis. According to the Wall Street Journal, Musk has admitted in the past that he “frequently crashed” at Brin’s home in Silicon Valley, where the two of them had a relationship.
After the purported “liaison” in December 2021, Brin requested that his financial advisers divest his personal shares in Musk’s enterprises, according to the individuals cited by the publication.
Neither the Wall Street Journal nor PEOPLE received an immediate response from Musk, Brin, or Shanahan’s representatives after reaching out to them for comment.
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People uncovered court paperwork showing that Brin filed for divorce from Shanahan back in early January.
A baby girl was born to the couple as a result of their union. Benji Wojcicki, 13, and Chloe, 11, are the eldest children of Brin’s former marriage to 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki.
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Business Insider was the first to report that Brin and Shanahan had “irreconcilable issues” as the reason for their split, saying that the pair had “to be determined” how their joint assets would be divided.
He also requested shared custody of their child. Aside from the financial issues, Shanahan has also stated that she should not be awarded spousal support, which he denies.
Business Insider reports that Brin and Shanahan hired a private “temporary judge” to preside over the dispute.
A backlog of cases in California’s courts prompted Google CEO Larry Page to file a lawsuit against the state. The couple’s divorce will be expedited by the use of a private temporary judge, notwithstanding the courts’ backlog. In addition, it provides a better level of confidentiality.
“As a Google co-founder, petitioner has amassed a fortune and is a household name in the world of technology entrepreneurship. Brin’s counsel noted in a court filing that “of great worry is that such visibility puts their small child at risk of danger, harassment, and even kidnapping, if the specifics of their day-to-day whereabouts are exposed to the public….”
Larry Page and Sergey Brin co-founded Google in 1998, and despite their departure from Alphabet in 2019, Brin still has a significant share in the company.