Elon Musk & Nicole Shanahan

Elon Musk allegedly fractured an old friendship with Google co-founder Sergey Brin after having an affair with his wife, Nicole Shanahan,

according to a report , Sources familiar with the situation told the WSJ that the couple filed for divorce earlier this year, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Musk and Shanahan’s affair allegedly occurred at the high-profile Art Basel event in Miami following Musk’s split with then-girlfriend Claire Boucher, also known as Grimes. 

Brin & Shanahan were separated but still living together at the time.The couple’s relationship was reportedly strained due to issues related to the COVID-19 lockdowns & their three-year-old daughter.

In May, a former SpaceX flight attendant accused the company of paying her $250,000 to keep quiet about an incident involving Musk.

The victim claims Musk asked her for a massage, exposed himself to her, and propositioned her for sex.

Brin and Musk had been close friends. Brin offered the Musk-owned Tesla $500,000 in funding during the 2008 recession, and

Musk returned the favor by making Brin one of the first customers to own the Model X in 2015.

Sources tell the WSJ that Musk went so far as to get on one knee and beg Brin for his forgiveness during a party earlier this year.