Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin Relationship Timeline Explored

Google co-founder and the world’s sixth richest man, Sergey Brin filed for divorce from Nicole Shanahan in early January this year after four years of their marriage. The reason for divorce is said to be irreconcilable differences between the couple.


The divorce case of Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin

The couple has appealed for the joint custody of their daughter without any side asking for support. According to the court reports, the shares of the couple will be divided equally among them. Brin has made extra arrangements to ensure that the court proceedings and hearings are not revealed at any cost. Brin’s attorney mentioned that since this is a high-profile case, there will be a massive curiosity to know about the divorce details and child custody matters. The high publicity resulting from this might endanger their child. If the routine activities of the parents are known to all, it might put their daughter at risk of abduction, harassment, or other dangers.

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Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan Relationship Timeline


Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan first met in 2015 at a Yoga retreat. And also, they made their first public appearance at the Met Gala in the same year. They were seen together at the Island wedding of a dating app CEO. The couple got married in November 2018 after dating for two years. After struggling with fertility issues initially, Nicole welcomed her daughter with Brin, the same year. However, according to reports, they kept their marriage a secret for a while. People got to know about their marriage after it was reported by The Chronicle of Philanthropy in 2019.

Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin
Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin (Credit: Getty Images)

Besides being Brin’s wife, Nicole has created her distinguishable identity over the years. She is a renowned attorney and a founder of legal tech company ClearAccessIP and the Bia-Echo Foundation. She has been vocal about her fertility issues, and other social and climatic issues. Nicole actively focuses on philanthropic ventures. Shanahan and Brin donated over $100 million to the cause of fertility research.

The couple started living separately in December 2021 with Brin filing for divorce in January 2022. The divorce proceedings are still going on. As per reports, Shanahan is asking for more than $1 billion in divorce mediation. Both sides are yet to come to a mutual agreement.

Nicole’s alleged Liason with Elon Musk

People are speculating that the main reason for the divorce between the couple was Nicole’s alleged fling with Tesla’s founder Elon Musk. According to reports, The affair with Elon Musk took place in Miami’s Art Basel in December 2021. Weeks after, Brin came to know about it and filed for legal separation from Nicole. It is to be noted that before this incident, Brin and Musk were longtime friends. Now, the two business moguls don’t have regular friendships or contacts anymore.

However, Musk denied the allegations of his affair with Nicole and also dismissed the reports of a broken friendship. He said they are still friends. He also added that he has seen Nicole a couple of times in the last three years and with many other people around. There was nothing romantic between the two. Also, Nicole talked to a news channel regarding her divorce, saying, “I hope for Sergey and me to move forward with dignity, honesty, and harmony for the sake of our child. And we are both working towards that.”


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