THE ex-Bloomberg reporter who left her husband for Martin Shkreli says her ex is “not happy” after she went public with how she left him for the "Pharma Bro.”
Christie Smythe, 38, detailed this week how she left husband Devin Arcoleo, 36, and froze her eggs for Shkreli – who is serving a seven-year federal prison sentence.
Smythe told ELLE Magazine in a follow-up story that she and her ex texted “a couple of times” after she revealed her love affair.
“They were not happy texts,” she told the magazine. “It's up to him, whatever he wants to do, it's his business.”
Smythe helped break the story of Shkreli's arrest in 2015 before she apparently fell in love with him years later.
She explained how she quit her job and her “perfect little Brooklyn life" for Shkreli – who has ignored her since she told him she was writing about her story with him.
Shkreli, 37, is a former hedge fund manager for Elea Capital, MSMB Capital Management, and MSMB Healthcare.
He was also the co-founder and former chief executive officer of the biotechnology firm Retrophin and founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals.
Infamously labeled as "Pharma Bro" by the media, Shkreli was criticized when Turing obtained the manufacturing license for the drug Daraprim, an AIDS drug, and hiked the prices by nearly 5,000 percent overnight in August 2015.
He was dubbed “the most hated man in the world.”
Shkreli also made headlines after buying a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, for a reported $2million.
In 2017, Shkreli was charged and convicted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.
He was also forced to pay up to $7.4million in fines.
Smythe said she "fell in a rabbit hole" while covering Shkreli's 2017 trail after he was charged with defrauding investors.
In the recent ELLE article, Smythe said she and Shkreli started dating after he was incarcerated in 2018. “It’s hard to think of a time when I felt happier,” Smythe said about their relationship.
Smythe describes how her relationship with Shkreli developed from reporter and subject to something more, to the point where they shared a first kiss in a prison visitors’ room.
“I told Martin I loved him,” Smythe told ELLE. “And he told me he loved me, too.”
Reporter Stephanie Clifford added, “She asked if she could kiss him, and he said yes. The room smelled of chicken wings, she remembers.”
“They couldn’t touch beyond a chaste hug and kiss, per prison rules, and have never slept together, but the relationship moved forward through continued visits, phone calls, and emails.”
Clifford reported that Smythe and Shkreli discussed "kids' names and prenups."
The 38-year-old journalist went as far as to get her eggs frozen out of fear she’d be too old to have children by the time her “life partner” is freed.
The strange love affair sparked a strong reaction from reporters and other people online.
Smythe said in ELLE’s follow-up: "It’s a little depressing and saddening because I don't like being called ‘the victim,’ ‘mentally ill’: neither of those things are accurate.
“I respect and understand if people criticize my decisions. That's fair. I put it out there. It's fair game. But I made these choices very consciously.
“What feels very sexist to me is, why am I a victim? I chose to do this,” she said, before adding her family and friends have reached out to her to offer their support.
According to ELLE, Shkreli stopped communicating with Smythe after he found out about the article.
His only comments were, "Mr Shkreli wishes Ms Smythe the best of luck in her future endeavors."
Upon hearing his detached words, Smythe – who has sold the movie rights to a book proposal about Shkreli – said, "That's sweet."
“That’s him saying, You’re going to live your life and we’re just gonna not be together. That I’m going to maybe get my book and that our paths will … fork up,” Smythe said.
Smythe responded to the reporting via Twitter, saying, "I realize it’s hard 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 does not affect you) that you in no way approve of. But that’s OK.”
She also wrote that “going public is such a relief, no matter what people think. You have no idea how hard it is to keep this kind of a story bottled up. So messy and complicated. I’m glad it was told well."
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