Bloomberg News reporter Christie Smythe says she fell in love with the infamous “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli and left her husband and quit her job to be with him. Smyth revealed her story in a new interview with Elle.
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“I fell down the rabbit hole,” Smythe told Elle. “I’m happy here. I feel like I have purpose.”
Smythe met Shkreli in 2015 when she began covering his trial for Bloomberg. It wasn’t until 2018 when she quit her job to fully commit to Shkreli.
“He told me he loved me, too,” she told Elle, regarding the moment she first confessed her love while he was behind bars. “It’s hard to think of a time when I felt happier.”
Smyth says she has frozen her eggs and plans to wait for Shkreli’s release.
“I’m gonna try,” she says. “I’ll be here.”
Following the release of the piece, Shkreli’s team sent a statement to Elle regarding the story:
“Mr. Shkreli wishes Ms. Smythe the best of luck in her future endeavors.”