Elon Musk was in a relationship with Google founder Sergey Brin was allegedly the catalyst for his wife’s divorce last December.
Friends of the tent couple The Wall Street Journal On Sunday, Musk’s romance with Nicole Shanahan prompted the Google billionaire to file for divorce in January.
It’s unclear how long the romance lasted, but it happened the same month Musk welcomed a baby girl via surrogate with ex-girlfriend Grimes, and a month after secretly welcoming twins with a former executive at one of his companies.
He started dating his current girlfriend Natasha Bassett in February.
Brin, the world’s seventh-richest man with an estimated fortune of $93 billion, filed for divorce in January, marking the beginning of one of the costliest breakups in Silicon Valley history.
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 from his wife citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. He asked for the document to be sealed
The reason for the divorce was not known at the time.
She cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ in the divorce papers but asked for the document to be sealed to protect her young daughter.
This relationship abruptly ended Elon and Sergey’s years-long friendship; In 2008, Sergey provided $500,000 in funding to Tesla at the height of the financial crisis.
Elon also had nice words about Sergey crashing in their house. Brin and Shanahan, 37, share a daughter, born in 2018.
The Google founder has asked for shared custody of his daughter as part of their divorce settlement, which they have fought to keep secret for fear they would be at risk of ‘stalking’ or ‘kidnapping’.
Musk did not comment on the allegations.
Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan were shown in Lake Como last July. When their divorce was announced in January, she said: “I hope that Sergey and I will move forward with dignity, integrity and harmony for the sake of our child. We are working towards that.”
Brin and Shanahan, who began dating in 2015, made their public debut as a couple in 2016 when they walked the red carpet together at the Met Gala (pictured). Musk attended the event with his mother that year
Musk and ex-girlfriend Grimes (left) welcomed their second baby via surrogate in December, three months after their split. She and Neurolink CEO Shivon Zilis (right) had twins in November
Laughing: Musk shook off headlines earlier this month about his multiple children by joking that he was contributing to the “underpopulation crisis”.
Elon Musk and his 27-year-old girlfriend Natasha Bassett in the south of France in May,
Musk is on display in Mykonos earlier this summer. She was dateless for a day on a yacht with friends
He recently tweeted that he’s repopulating the earth with multiple offspring, laughing about secretly fathering twins with Neurolink CEO Shivon Zilis.
Musk has five children with his first wife, Justine; twins Griffin and Xavier (who changed his 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 as a young baby in 2002.
In 2020, Musk and Grimes welcomed their first child, a son they named X AE A-XII Musk.
They split last September after she became pregnant with their second child via surrogate.
Although the child was born in December, he was kept secret until March of this year.
Musk and his current girlfriend, 27-year-old Australian actress Natasha Bassett, were spotted together in the south of France in May.
They are understood to have started dating in February.
He is not the only man in his family who has recently come up with adultery; Earlier this month, Musk’s father Errol, 76, confirmed the birth of a second daughter with his 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, she shocked her family by announcing that she was pregnant with Jana’s baby, who was already in her twenties.
He is now 35 and the couple no longer live together.
Brin is said to have multiple interests in several of Musk’s businesses and has ordered his assistants to sell them all.
When the divorce proceedings began in January, Nicole told Pak: “I hope that Sergey and I will move forward with dignity, integrity and harmony for the sake of our child.
“And that’s what we’re both working towards.”
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