Elon Musk had an affair with Google founder Sergey Brin’s wife in December last year, which was the catalyst for their divorce, it has been claimed.
Friends of the couple told The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that Musk’s romance with Nicole Shanahan was what prompted the Google billionaire to file for divorce in January.
It’s unclear how long the romance lasted, but it happened the same month that Musk welcomed a baby girl via surrogate with his ex-girlfriend Grimes, and it was a month after he secretly welcomed twins with a former executive of one of his companies. He started dating his current girlfriend Natasha Bassett in February.
Brin, the seventh-richest man in the world with an estimated worth of $93 billion, filed for divorce in January, signaling the start of one of the costliest splits in Silicon Valley history.
The case, the latest romantic scandal to hit Musk, comes amid his ongoing legal battle with Twitter.
Sergey Brin filed for divorce in January, a month after his wife Nicole had an affair with Elon Musk. In January, Brin filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences” with his wife. He asked that the file be sealed
Musk with Brin (far right) in the early 2000s. The affair unsurprisingly put an abrupt end to their friendship
When Brin filed for divorce in January, the real reason for the divorce was unclear.
He cited “irreconcilable differences” in the divorce papers, but asked for the file to be sealed to protect his young daughter.
The affair abruptly ended the years-long friendship between Elon and Sergey; in 2008, Sergey provided Tesla with $500,000 in financing at the height of the financial crisis.
Elon also spoke fondly of crashing at Sergey’s house. Brin and Shanahan, 37, share a daughter, born in 2018.
The Google founder asked to share custody of her as part of the divorce settlements, which they are fighting to keep confidential for fear their daughter could be put at risk of ‘harassment’ or ‘kidnapping’.
Musk has not commented on the allegations.
Brin is said to have multiple interests in Musk’s many businesses, all of which he ordered his aides to sell.
When divorce proceedings were launched in January, Nicole told Puck, “I hope Sergey and I move forward with dignity, honesty and harmony for the sake of our child.”
“And we’re both working towards that.”
Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan are shown on Lake Como in July last year. She said in January when announcing their divorce: “I hope that Sergey and I move forward with dignity, honesty and harmony for the sake of our child. And we are both working in this direction.
Brin and Shanahan, who started dating in 2015, made their public debut as a couple at the 2016 Met Gala, when they walked the red carpet together (pictured) Musk attended the event that year with his mother
Musk and his ex-girlfriend Grimes (left) welcomed their second baby via surrogate in December, three months after their separation. He had twins with Neurolink executive Shivon Zilis (right) in November
Laughing: Musk ignored headlines about his numerous children earlier this month, joking that he was helping with the ‘underpopulation crisis’
Elon Musk with his 27-year-old girlfriend, Natasha Bassett, in the south of France in May,
He recently laughed as he secretly fathered twins with Neurolink executive Shivon Zilis, tweeting that he was repopulating the earth with his many offspring.
Musk has five children with his first wife, Justine; twins Griffin and Xavier (who changed her name to Vivian and now identifies as female) and triplets Kai, Damian and Saxon.
Their first baby, a boy they named Nevada, died of SIDS in 2002 while still young.
In 2020, Musk and Grimes welcomed their first child together, a son they named X AE A-XII Musk.
They separated in September last year, after conceiving their second child via surrogate.
This child was born in December but was kept secret until March this year.
Musk and his current girlfriend, 27-year-old Australian actress Natasha Bassett, were seen together in the south of France in May.
They reportedly started dating in February.
Musk is featured in Mykonos earlier this summer. He was without a date for his day out with friends on a yacht. On the right, he is hosed down by Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel
Musk with Emanuel, his new wife designer Sarah Staudinger and others on a yacht in Mykonos on July 17
He is not the only man in his family to have recently hit the headlines with his fornication; Earlier this month, Musk’s 76-year-old father Errol confirmed he had welcomed a second daughter with his own stepdaughter, Jana Bezuidenhout.
Errol married Jana’s mother, Heide Bezuidenhout, in 1979, when Jana was four years old.
In 1997, Errol and Heidi divorced.
In 2017, he stunned his family when he announced that Jana, now in her twenties, was pregnant with his baby.
She is now 35 and the couple no longer live together.