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Elon Musk denies claims he had an affair with wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, says ‘hasn’t had sex in ages’

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The Tesla CEO and richest man in the world, Elon Musk has denied claims he had an affair with the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin at Art Basel Miami last December, which allegedly led to the pair’s divorce.

Musk, 51, took to Twitter Sunday evening in response to sources who alleged he got down on one knee to beg Brin for his forgiveness at a party earlier this year after the Google founder learned of Musk’s affair with his wife, Nicole Shanahan.

The billionaire tweeted in response to an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) detailing the sordid saga: “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.”

He promptly gave a little more intimate information, claiming: “Haven’t even had sex in ages (sigh).”

Some of Musk’s followers were critical of the Wall Street Journal’s reporting, with which he agreed: “WSJ has run so many bs hit pieces on me and Tesla I’ve lost count! It’s embarrassing for them, frankly.”

Musk also urged his followers to call out the press.

“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,” he added.

Musk is said to have had a brief fling with Brin’s lawyer wife Nicole Shanahan at Art Basel, a multi-day art event in Miami, in December last year.

It allegedly prompted Brin, the eighth richest man in the world with a net worth of $95 billion, to file for divorce in January.

He cited “irreconcilable differences as the reason, but The Wall Street Journal on Sunday reported that it was Musk’s dalliance with Nicole that signalled the end of their marriage.

Art Basel took place in Miami last year between December 2 and December 4.

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According to the Journal’s sources, Nicole and Sergey were already having marital problems because of the stress of COVID-19. They were also arguing over the care of their four-year-old daughter.

It’s unclear if Sergey attended Art Basel but Musk, newly single after splitting from musician Grimes, was there and at some stage allegedly became romantic with Nicole.

A month later, Sergey filed for divorce. In the official papers, he gave December 15 as the date of separation.

Sources cited by the Journal say Nicole is now seeking $ 1 billion in their divorce – a fraction of her husband’s $95 billion wealth but more than he says she is entitled to under the conditions of their prenuptial agreement, according to the Journal.

She is arguing that he forced her to sign the prenup under duress while pregnant, according to the newspaper.

At a party, after Sergey filed for divorce, Musk is said to have run into him and begged for his forgiveness. Publicly, he accepted his apology but the two – who were once close friends – are no longer on regular speaking terms, the Journal’s sources say.

Sergey and Nicole met at a yoga retreat in 2016, according to the Journal. She was, at the time, a patent lawyer and tech entrepreneur in her own right.

It’s unclear how long the romance with Musk lasted but it occurred in the same month that he welcomed a baby girl via a surrogate with his ex-girlfriend Grimes, and was a month after he secretly welcomed twins with a former executive from one of his companies. He started dating his current girlfriend Natasha Bassett in February.

The affair, the latest romantic scandal to befall Musk, comes amid his ongoing legal battle with Twitter which is harming the company’s bottom line but also the future of social media.

All of the drama led to Twitter missing expectations with a revenue of $1.18 billion.

On Friday, the company blamed it on how Musk had disrupted business with his dramatic hostile bid take-over, then sudden about-turn.

“Twitter is on a rowboat in the middle of a storm. The Musk saga rocked the boat even harder. Twitter is now in the unenviable position of convincing advertisers that its ad business is solid,’ analyst Jasmine Enberg said of the saga.

When Brin filed for divorce in January, the real reason for the divorce was not clear.

He cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ in divorce papers but asked for the docket to be sealed to protect his young daughter.

The affair brought an abrupt end to Elon and Sergey’s years-long friendship; in 2008, Sergey gave $500,000 in funding to Tesla at the height of the financial crisis.

Nicole was profiled on the cover of San Francisco magazine in June last year.

She was heralded as a ‘change maker’, and told the interviewer how she overcame a childhood with a ‘bipolar schizophrenic father.

“My dad was diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia when I was 9, and my Chinese-born mom had only been in the US for two years when I was born. I had two unemployed parents for the majority of my childhood, so not only was there no money, there was almost no parental guidance, and as you can imagine with a mentally ill father, there was lots of chaos and fear.”

She told of growing up on food stamps and bussed tables when she was 12, and how the internet changed her life.

“Without the internet, I would probably still be in Oakland doing the same thing I was doing age 12.”

Musk was one of the first dot.com billionaires. He created the company that went on to become PayPal.

Nicole, in her interview, told of her desire to leave behind a legacy of ‘ideas’ and “helping the planet.”

“I want my legacy to be one of ideas. I want it to be about evolving the human experience on this planet in an abundant way. I want it to be one of strength and love and compassion. I want it to be one of working hard, learning from one’s mistakes and  of personal growth.”

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