Tesla boss Elon Musk has denied having an affair with Nicole Shanahan, the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Mr Musk’s remarks came after the Wall Street Journal reported that his friendship with Mr Brin had ended over the alleged affair. Replying to a link to the story posted on Twitter, Mr Musk referred to the report as “total bs”.
Mr Musk said he is still friends with Mr Brin and that they were “at a party together last night!”
Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal said that Mr Musk was engaged in a brief affair late last year with Ms Shanahan. This prompted Mr Brin to file for divorce earlier this year, ending the long friendship between the two high-profile technology billionaires, the paper also said.
But Mr Musk tweeted, “I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with many other people around. Nothing romantic”.
The Wall Street Journal, citing a close aide of Ms Shanahan, said that at the time of the alleged affair in December, Brin and his wife had separated but were still living together.
Mr Musk, also the boss of rocket firm SpaceX is currently embroiled in a legal battle over his abandoned plan to buy Twitter for $44bn (£36.7bn). Earlier this month, the social media platform sued him after he announced that he was walking away from his proposed acquisition of the firm.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mr Musk is the wealthiest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of over $240 billion.
According to the same index, Mr Brin is worth around $95bn, making him the eighth richest person in the world.