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Behind-the-Scenes Drama: Google Co-Founder's Discreet Divorce in May Amid Allegations of Wife's Involvement with Elon Musk, According to Reports

In a discreet turn of events, Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin, has finalized his divorce from Nicole Shanahan, a lawyer and entrepreneur, amid allegations of her involvement with billionaire Elon Musk, as reported by Page Six. Court documents reveal that the divorce was officially confirmed on May 26, with the couple agreeing to share legal and physical custody of their 4-year-old daughter. While Mr. Shanahan did not contest the divorce, she did request spousal support, a matter settled in court along with issues such as attorney fees and asset division through confidential arbitration.

Their relationship timeline is notable. Brin and Shanahan initially began dating in 2015, the same year Brin finalized his divorce from his first wife, Anne Wojcicki. Eventually, they tied the knot in 2018, as reported by Business Insider. However, their union faced turbulence in 2021, leading to them living separately. Brin filed for divorce in 2022, citing "irreconcilable differences." Interestingly, this legal move occurred approximately a month after allegations surfaced that Nicole Shanahan had a brief affair with Elon Musk, a long-time friend of Brin's. Both Musk and Shanahan denied the alleged affair.

Elon Musk addressed the situation, clarifying their relationship as friends, stating, "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," in a post on X dated July 25, 2022, in response to a Wall Street Journal article titled "Elon Musk's Friendship With Sergey Brin Ruptured by Alleged Affair."

Meanwhile, Nicole Shanahan expressed her distress regarding the scandal, describing it as "utterly debilitating." She vehemently denied having had an affair with Elon Musk, asserting that their relationship never went beyond friendship. In her words, "Did Elon and I have sex, like it was a moment of passion, and then it was over? No. Did we have a romantic relationship? No. We didn't have an affair," a statement she made in July. However, the Wall Street Journal, in its reporting, stood by its claims, stating that they were "confident in our sourcing."

Sergey Brin, the 50-year-old co-founder of Google, currently ranks as the ninth richest person globally with a net worth of $118 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. On the other hand, Nicole Shanahan, aged 34, is a California-based attorney and the founder and president of the Bia-Echo Foundation, as indicated on her LinkedIn profile. This discreet divorce amid swirling allegations and high-profile individuals highlights the complexities of personal relationships and the public scrutiny that often accompanies them.

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