Anonymous sources disclosed that the affair between Musk and Brin’s Nicole Shanahan took place in December at the Art Basel festival in Miami, while Shanahan and the Google co-founder were separated but still sharing a home.
According to Forbes, Brin reportedly filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences the following month, several weeks after he became aware of what the Journal described as “a brief affair”.
Sources told the newspaper that Musk dropped to his knees and begged for Brin’s forgiveness at a party this year, but the Journal reported there is still tension between the two billionaires, with Brin telling advisors to sell his personal investments in Musk’s firms.
Musk and Brin were previously close friends for years, with Musk often staying at Brin’s home during visits to Silicon Valley, and Brin once saying he would rather leave his billions to Musk instead of charities upon his death.
The reported affair is the latest scandal in recent months to plague Musk’s personal life.
In May, Insider reported that Musk’s company, SpaceX, paid $250,000 in 2018 to settle accusations he propositioned a flight attendant working on one of the company’s private planes and exposed himself to her.
Musk denied the allegations, saying the attacks on him were politically motivated.
Earlier this month, Insider
also reported that Musk fathered twins in November with a woman who worked for him at Tesla before she was hired on as a top executive at his brain-implant startup, Neuralink.
Following the report, Musk tweeted he was “doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis.”
The twins were Musk’s eighth and ninth children, and were born just one month before he welcomed his tenth, a baby girl born via a surrogate with former girlfriend, Grimes.
Last month, Musk’s 18-year-old daughter, Vivian, was granted a name and gender change in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica, after she said she wanted to be recognised as a woman and no longer wants to “be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form”.
Earlier this month, Elon Musk tried to cancel a deal to buy Twitter, leading the social network to sue Musk and ask a Delaware judge to force him to buy the company.