Musk posted a link to the Wall Street Journal text on Twitter, commenting that it was nonsense. He added that he and Brin are still friends and that they were at a party together.
“I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, each time with so many other people. Nothing romantic,” Musk tweeted.
He is currently the richest person in the world, Bloomberg Agency calculated his assets in its index of billionaires at 242 billion dollars (5.8 trillion crowns).
According to the same list, Brin ranks eighth with an estimated fortune of $94.6 billion (2.3 trillion kroner).
Citing people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said Musk had a brief affair with Shanahan late last year.
According to the newspaper, this prompted Brin to file for divorce earlier this year, ending a long friendship between the two tech giants.
The tabloid Daily Mail published its own article titled It Musk Be Love, replacing the English word “must” in a pun with the title of Tesla’s boss.
It chronicles Musk’s relationships with women, including the ex-wife of Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, Amber Heard.
At the time of the alleged affair in December, Bryn and his wife, Nicole, separated but still lived together, the Wall Street Journal reports. In another tweet, Musk wrote that the Wall Street Journal wrote so much nonsense about him and Tesla that he lost count.
Brian and Shanahan have a prenuptial agreement. According to the newspaper, the divorce settlement could reach one billion dollars (about 24 billion crowns).
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