Tesla CEO Elon Musk denied having an affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin's wife Nicole Shanahan following a Wall Street Journal story that said the alleged affair was the reason for the Google co-founder to sell his stock in Musk's companies.
“Musk and Brin were close friends until the affair,” the report said.
Reacting to the report that erupted into a major controversy as soon as it was published, Elon took to his official Twitter handle and wrote, “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”.
“The liaison with Mr Musk took place in early December 2021, at the Art Basel event in Miami…Art Basel is a multiday, annual festival that draws wealthy attendees from around the world. At a party…Mr Musk dropped to one knee in front of Brin and apologised profusely for the transgression, begging for forgiveness, according to people with knowledge of the incident”, the report read
According to the report, the alleged relationship between the two began when singer Grimes, who shares two children with Musk, broke up with each other.
On the other hand, Google co-founder Sergey Brin had filed for a divorce with Shanahan earlier this year, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. Brin further claimed that he and Shanahan had been living separately since 2021.