Nicole Shanahan, the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, has addressed rumors surrounding her alleged affair with billionaire Elon Musk. In 2022, during her divorce proceedings, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that Nicole had a brief affair with Elon, which supposedly contributed to the end of her marriage.
However, in a recent interview with People magazine, Nicole has clarified the situation, recounting the challenging period when reports of the alleged affair circulated worldwide. She expressed feeling targeted by a press cycle that had no accurate understanding of her life and who she truly was.
Nicole emphatically stated that her relationship with Elon was not based on a momentary passion or a romantic affair. Instead, she explained that they only interacted as collegial friends, discussing her daughter’s autism treatment due to Elon’s involvement with his neurotechnology company, Neuralink. Such conversations were not uncommon in the Silicon Valley circle, which included her husband Sergey.
She expressed frustration at being unfairly stigmatized for a meaningful conversation that explored life and how people support each other. Nicole emphasized that while her connection with Elon existed within a community of friendship that encompassed Sergey, investors, founders, and other prominent figures in the tech world, it was not comparable to the deep bonds she shares with her longtime girlfriends.
Nicole shed light on the collegial environment where ideas are exchanged and questions are posed, but it lacks the depth and intimacy of relationships forged over many years. Nevertheless, she emphasized the importance of this generational ecosystem and the supportive community it provides.
By sharing her side of the story, Nicole Shanahan aims to dispel misconceptions and set the record straight regarding her alleged affair with Elon Musk, reaffirming that their relationship was rooted in a professional and collegial dynamic.
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