Elon Musk, rumours, deception and broken friendships… a boring environment in Silicon Valley

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An article in the “Wall Street Journal” reveals that Elon Musk had a misunderstanding with one of his best friends, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, after having an affair with his wife. “Bullshit,” the interested party reacted on Twitter.

“That’s bullshit. I haven’t had sex in a long time.” This is how Elon Musk reacted, on Twitter, to the rumor that is plaguing Silicon Valley. True to his sarcastic tone, the billionaire founder of Tesla preferred to laugh at the scandal rather than soap opera tunes. According to the “Wall Street Journal”, the respected and hated businessman had an argument with one of his best friends, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. The reason ? The former allegedly had an affair in December with the wife of the latter, Nicole Shanahan. It would have been far from the story that Sergey Brin immediately filed for divorce, after finding out about the cheating of his partner and his wife.

According to American media, Elon Musk met his alleged mistress at an art festival in Miami. He was separated from the singer Grimes, while Nicole Shanahan, he had a complicated time with his wife, with whom he still lives under the same roof. The case will be more embarrassing for Sergey Brin because the latter supported his friend’s electric car company in 2008 when it faced difficulties due to the economic crisis. In 2015, when the company’s financial situation finally stabilized, Elon Musk gave it, as a thank you, one of Tesla’s first all-electric sport utility vehicles. In the same year, the Vice site conducted a survey on “the strangest friendship in the world”, between Elon Musk, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, another co-founder of Google. “It’s funny when the three of us talk about all kinds of crazy things, we come up with things that then become real,” Larry Page told biographer Ashlee Vance. She explained to Vice: “When Elon is in Silicon Valley, he doesn’t have a home, so he goes to the hotel where he stays with his friends. That’s how he stays in touch with people.

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Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan in Los Angeles, in September 2021.

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The friendship is so strong between Elon Musk and Sergey Brin that the South African knelt down to beg him to forgive him. But no one could help and the deceived husband ordered his financial advisers to liquidate his investments in various companies of his former relatives. He even preferred to invest in rival companies. If the former couple did not react to these revelations, Elon Musk said on Twitter overnight that he is still friends with Sergey Brin, whose fortune is estimated at more than 90 billion dollars. “We are friends and we were at the party again last night! I only saw Nicole twice in three years, each time there were a lot of people around. Nothing romantic.” To a user who advised him to keep his “cock in (his) underwear, because they like (his) skin”, Elon Musk replied: “I haven’t been in a relationship for a long time”.

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“irreconcilable differences”

Nicole Shanahan is the second wife of Sergey Brin with whom she had a son who is now three years old. Before making headlines for this supposed case, he was known for launching ClearAccessIP, a technology company that uses artificial intelligence to manage patents. He sold the business in 2020. He is also the founder and president of the Bia-Echo Foundation, a philanthropic association that promotes criminal justice reform, fights for a sustainable future and supports fertility research and reproductive longevity among women in their mid-thirties. Really dedicated to this topic, she has revealed in the past her own difficulties in being a mother. A successful businessman, he grew up in a modest household in Oakland, “with parents unemployed most of (his) life, a mentally ill father, no one to guide (him), with there’s a lot of chaos and fear,” he said in Modern Luxury magazine in 2021. When he announced his divorce from his wife in January, Sergey Brin cited “irreconcilable differences”. “I want Sergey and I to move forward with dignity, honesty and unity for the sake of our son. We both work for that,” Nicole Shanahan reacted.

Elon Musk, for his part, added this possible scandal to the long list of cases surrounding him recently. In addition to his legal battle with Twitter, which he wanted to buy before stepping down, he was also accused of sexually harassing a flight attendant on his private plane. He denies these accusations. Other stories surround his private life. There are so many rumors that, according to him, are aimed at “killing” him, he said on Twitter. “I work like crazy, I don’t have time for all these shenanigans. None of the people involved in any of these cases have been interviewed,” he said.

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