Latest: Elon Musk reportedly had an affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife

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Sergey Brin and Elon Musk have reportedly broken up after Musk had an affair with his wife’s mistress, Nicole Shanahan, according to the Wall Street Journal. This year, the couple filed for divorce, alleging “irreconcilable disagreements,” according to people familiar with the issue.

Following Musk’s breakup with then-girlfriend Claire Boucher, popularly known as Grimes, it is believed that Musk and Shanahan had an affair at the Art Basel event in Miami. According to the WSJ, Brin and Shanahan had split up but were still cohabitating at the time of the shooting. The COVID-19 lockdowns and their three-year-old daughter reportedly damaged the couple’s relationship.

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Even as the world’s richest man tries to get out of his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, Elon Musk’s personal life is never far from his company. According to a report published by Insider earlier this month, Elon Musk and Shivon Zillis, a former employee of Tesla, had twins. Just a few weeks later, Musk and Boucher’s second child was born via surrogate, increasing Musk’s total number of children to nine.

Earlier this year, a former SpaceX flight attendant claimed that the business paid her $250,000 to stay quiet about an event involving Elon Musk while she was employed by the firm. It’s claimed that the victim was sexually assaulted by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Human resources manager Heather Cairns described Brin’s behavior as “a sexual harassment claim waiting to happen” because of his sexual connection with Google employees. Brin was once dubbed “the Google playboy.” While Brin was married to 23andMe co-creator Anne Wojcicki and she was dating another Google executive, a 2014 Vanity Fair investigation described his relationship with Google Glass marketing manager Amanda Rosenberg. Shanahan married Brin secretly in 2018 after Brin and Wojcicki split in 2015. WSJ reports that Shanahan wants a $1 billion chunk of Brin’s $100 billion fortune in the divorce proceedings, according to reports.

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According to the article, Brin and Musk were close friends before they formed Google. To thank Brin for his help during the 2008 financial crisis and for his subsequent purchase of a Tesla Model X in 2015, Musk gave him a $500,000 loan. When it comes to a party earlier this year, sources claim the Wall Street Journal that Musk went so far as to kneel on one knee and beg for forgiveness from Brin. Although the two have not spoken in a while, the story alleges that Brin has instructed his advisors to divest his personal assets in Musk.

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