Martin Shkreli's 'girlfriend' now says she's open to dating others, rather than waiting

Former Bloomberg News journalist Christie Smythe says she knows Martin Shkreli, pictured in 2016, fired her. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
Christie Smythe, the former Bloomberg News reporter who blew up her marriage and career for a relationship with incarcerated "drug brother" Martin Shkreli, told the New York Post Monday night that she is now open to others to meet.
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This is the same person who said in an Elle viral article published Sunday that they would wait for former drug expert Shkreli even after he narrowly fired her over a message from his lawyers in recent weeks. He is currently serving a seven-year federal sentence for securities fraud and was charged earlier this year with antitrust violations related to alleged price cuts on a life-saving drug.
"Mr. Shkreli wishes Ms. Smythe the best of luck in her future endeavors," he said recently of the journalist who told Smyte's story in Elle. The news from his lawyers came after he cut off communication with Smythe after learning that she was going public with their relationship story.
“He vacillates between this joy of living together in the future and this fatalism about how it will never work. It's definitely in the latter category now, ”Smythe replied in the article describing her as" ripping apart "after hearing the news. She then said that she would try to wait for him.
But on Monday night, she told the New York Post, “That was a classic kind of breakup when you fire someone. ... It was really heartbreaking and sad. "
The Post found Smythe, 38, out walking her dog in New York City and asked if she was ready to date other men. She has not seen Shkreli in person in more than a year, also because of COVID-19 restrictions in prisons.
"I'm definitely open to it," she said. "I've been basically celibate for two years. I'm not going to sit around and wait."
Unless, she said, Shkreli was open to any relationship down the line. She said she still loves him.
"I would be interested to see if we can do some kind of future work if he wants to," said Smythe.
Shkreli, who is 37 years old and serving his sentence in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, is due for release in September 2023.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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