I’m sorry for what I’m about to do here, but let’s talk about some divorced men. I think Sergey Brin is trying to frame his ex-wife and I think he’s using his history with Elon Musk to do that.
Musk reportedly had an affair with Brin’s wife, which led to their divorce. (Supposedly.) Musk then fell to his knees at a party and begged Brin’s forgiveness, “according to people with knowledge of the incident.” The Wall Street Journal writes. What a story!
Except: I find this sourcing strange. How many people? Two sources are different from 10 sources, or 30, you know? And what knowledge? Were they there? I understand that people want to protect their sources, of course, but I need more context to understand how seriously they take it. Can I be sure that Musk, who often sees trends too late, wasn’t just trying to ice Brin?
I’m asking these pointed questions because I realize that Brin is still fighting in court with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Nicole Shanahan. Brin’s lawyers say she’s asking too much – rumored to be $1 billion WSJ. I don’t like that WSJ related to this story but I think it will benefit him more than her. If he proves she’s unfaithful, he gets to keep more of his money. And if she fears more news about her marriage will get into the papers, she might come to terms rather quickly.
Shanahan has denied having an affair with Musk, and an anonymous source close to her has said so New York Post that she’s a “pawn” in “Billionaire Playboy Games.” I’m a little skeptical of anonymous one-source reporting, though new York is rarely missed in celebrity reporting, possibly due to his extremely strong relationships with publicists. (Page Six isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still impressive.)
If Brin’s people are actually behind the leak, that makes Musk’s reaction even funnier. says Musk he has seen Shanahan twice in the last three years – and never alone. “Haven’t had sex in ages (sigh)” he adds. After all, it was only last April that he was denied access to a Berlin sex club.
To prove things are left out between him and Brin, Musk posted a photo of them at the same party in response to a Wall Street Journal Editor who tweeted the story. A strange choice. I remember a previous picture Musk had been asked about: one of him with Ghislaine Maxwell, right hand man to Jeffrey Epstein, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking. Musk says they “photobombed” him.
It’s a little weird to deny that a photo is proof of a friendship and then post a photo as proof of a friendship. Musk was right about the Maxwell photo denial: a photo of two people at the same party doesn’t say much.
Look at the photo with Brin: Musk in the foreground; Brin in the background, not making eye contact with the camera, possibly not even aware he was being photographed. The two are under a tent and Brin is holding a plastic cup in a party of sorts. There are two other people in the photo who appear to be either children or very small adults. one carries over watch Cosplay. I’ve spent too much time identifying the trees in the background to figure out a location. (Yes, I emailed experts. They said the trees were too low resolution to identify.)
As for the date and location: According to the Twitter account that tracks his movements, Musk’s jet flew into San Jose Airport on July 23 and Departure on the evening of July 24th. In response to Musk’s tweet, says a chef named Andrew Gruel (cool aptonym, very Dickens!). that he could testify that Musk and Brin were at the party together, where they were served Lobster Devil Eggs. Gruel is based in Huntington Beach, California, where he left the patio of one of his restaurants open during Gov. Gavin Newsom’s banning order, perhaps a resemblance to Musk.
“Nicole and Sergey’s divorce has absolutely nothing to do with me,” Musk wrote via email New York Post. (This is also, for what it’s worth, the second celebrity divorce Musk has been accused of house demolitions; Johnny Depp claimed Musk started a relationship with now-ex-wife Amber Heard a month after Depp and Heard’s wedding .)
According to Tim Higgins’ book, Brin has invested at least $500,000 in Tesla power play. Brin may have invested an undisclosed amount in 2006 insider. After the most recent WSJ In the story, Brin “ordered his financial advisors to sell his personal investments in Mr. Musk’s company,” although the story doesn’t determine the size of the investments or whether sales took place.
I think I know why! Because all of these investments, if sold, would be part of the negotiations Brin and Shanahan are in regarding their divorce. The point of WSJ Story is slandering Shanahan, not telling her where all the money is! Brin may still be partying with Musk, but it seems his lawyers hung Musk out to dry just to get to Shanahan.
Why this aggression towards Musk? You have history. There’s a chance that Musk initially nicked the name “Autopilot” from Google. Apparently, Larry Page and Brin were considering buying Tesla while letting Musk lead the way, according to Ashlee Vance’s Musk bio. That didn’t materialize, largely because of Musk’s PT Barnum-like self-promotion skills. “In retrospect, it’s clear that Musk was — at the very least — either inspired or scared,” wrote Edward Niedermeyer, another Musk biographer.
By 2018, before Brin left Google, it was clear that a rivalry was brewing between Tesla and Google’s self-driving car division, Waymo. In January 2021, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said, “To us, Tesla isn’t a competitor at all.” Waymo even scrapped the term “self-driving” to refer to its autonomous vehicles in 2021, saying, “It might seem like a small change.” appear, but it’s an important one, because precision in language is important and could save lives.” This appears to be a dig at Tesla, which calls its driver assistance program “fully self-driving.”
Well, to be clear, most of the Waymo/Tesla beef started after Brin has left Google. And Brin and Musk definitely seem to be at the same party. But I have to say — unless Brin and Musk have agreed to leak that WSJ history together to screw Shanahan as part of a tech bro conspiracy – they seem a lot more like enemies, particularly as Brin has said nothing publicly to clarify this.
Tech bro enemies are a staple of Silicon Valley. Musk’s longstanding relationship with Peter Thiel, who fabricated the PayPal coup that ousted Musk, is a prime example. All these guys need each other and maybe also kind of low key hate each other. seems stressful! But it looks like everyone gets what they need here, except maybe Shanahan, which is also very Silicon Valley.
As for Musk Sore–I am tweets around Attention: lol, lmao. His whole private equity game is about attracting attention. My husband loves it! Do you remember the McLaren? Do you remember the song “Don’t Doubt ur Vibe?” The wrong robot? Musk apparently appears to be a student of NASA scientist (and Nazi) Wernher von Braun, and he posts his version of “Man will soon conquer space” on Twitter. He needs attention. After all, isn’t that what he’s buying Twitter for?
Which could mean Brin and Musk are still friends. I’m pretty sure Musk can’t differentiate between good and bad attention at this point. As long as he’s the center of attention, he’s happy – because Teslas sell attention.