Elon Musk got down on one knee and begged Google co-founder Sergey Brin for forgiveness after Musk had an affair with Brin’s wife at a swank art festival in Miami Beach last year, according to a report Sunday, after people with knowledge of the stunning incident told the Wall Street Journal.
The Tesla founder’s hook-up with Nicole Shanahan prompted Brin to file for divorce in January, citing “irreconcilable differences,” according to the Journal.
The fling reportedly took place in December at the annual Art Basel event, a multi-day fair featuring exhibitions by international galleries and panel discussions attended by deep-pocketed collectors — after Musk broke up with Canadian pop singer Grimes in September.
While Brin has acknowledged Musk’s remorse he still isn’t speaking to him regularly, the sources added.
Shanahan is reportedly seeking more than $1 billion from Brin, who’s worth $95 billion, and the pair is involved in divorce mediation proceedings.
They’ve been unable to strike a deal, with Brin’s side saying Shanahan wants much more than a prenuptial agreement calls for and Shananan’s side saying she signed the pact under duress while pregnant, sources familiar with the negotiations told the Journal.