Martin Shkreli wishes 'best of luck' to former reporter who left her job, husband for him
Former Bloomberg News reporter Christie Smythe opened her peculiar path from reporting the legal overthrow of "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli to falling in love with him, leaving her husband and quitting her job in a viral interview.
"I fell down the rabbit hole," Smythe told reporter Stephanie Clifford in Elle Magazine's story published online Sunday, noting that she is "happy here."
According to Elle's story, Smythe quit her job and divorced her husband within nine months between 2018 and 2019 after her relationship with Shkreli shifted from a reporter learning about her subject to a woman actively advocating for him used, as her employer said, ". unprofessional."
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"Ms. Smythe's behavior toward Mr. Shkreli was not what a Bloomberg journalist would expect. It turned out that the best thing to do is to part ways. Ms. Smythe announced her resignation and we accepted him," said one Bloomberg spokesman Elle and repeated in the US TODAY.
Christie Smythe, right, is pictured with Martin Shkreli.
The 37-year-old Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2018 for, among other things, lied to investors about the performance of two hedge funds he ran, withdrew more money from these funds than he was allowed to receive, and defrauded investors in a pharmaceutical company. Retrophin by hiding his ownership of some of his stocks.
A judge ordered Shkreli to lose $ 7.3 million.
Shkreli first gained notoriety by purchasing the rights to a life-saving drug from another company in 2014, increasing the price from $ 13.50 to $ 750 per pill. He's also known for attacking critics on social media and offering a bounty to anyone who could give him one of Hillary Clinton's hair.
At about the time of the trial, their relationship became cloudy. Some emails between the two were used in evidence of his conviction, part of the reason she left Bloomberg. They first kissed when she visited him in jail shortly after she left Bloomberg, and remembered Elle that the room smelled like chicken nuggets. She froze her eggs last spring and feared she might be too old to have children when Shkreli was released from prison.
"I told Martin I loved him," said Smythe. "And he told me that he loved me too."
Smythe hasn't seen Shkreli in prison in over a year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but she still believes their relationship will prevail despite a less glowing response from Shkreli that Clifford forwarded to her: "Mr. . Shkreli wishes Ms. Smythe the best of luck in her future endeavors. "
"This is him who says, 'You're going to live your life and we just won't be together.' That I might get my book and that our paths will part. "
She concluded, “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 ... I'll try. I'll be there."
Smythe addressed the story in a tweet on Sunday: "I realize that it is difficult for many people to accept that 1. Martin is not a psychopath and 2. a woman can choose to do something with her life (which Doesn't concern you) You are in no way approving. But that's fine. "
The story caused quite a stir following its publication on social media and generated reactions from a wide variety of readers, including other journalists and celebrities.
"This story is the only thing I want to talk about (right now)," tweeted Taylor Lorenz, culture and technology reporter for the New York Times.
"I read this in an ihop for 20 minutes and my waitress just asked me if I was okay because I 'looked scared,'" added Jessica Huseman, a ProPublica reporter and CNN analyst.
"Yikes lol," tweeted model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen alongside the article.
"This woman blew up her whole life - a comfortable Brooklyn lifestyle, a husband, and a Bloomberg job - for a man who wished her the best of luck in her future endeavors," wrote Morgan Jerkins, senior editor of the Zora- Magazine. "Read the last paragraph of this story and you'll either scream or your face will grimace in ways you never thought possible."
Contributor: Associated Press
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Martin Shkreli: Bloomberg reporter who left his job for Pharma Bro speaks
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