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December 22, 2020

#Journalism: Female "Journalist" Assigned to Cover Pharma-Bro Martin Shkreli Fell In Love With Him, Left Her Husband and Had Her Eggs Frozen In Anticipation of Starting a Family With Him When He Got Out of Prison

These aren't mentally-unwell people with savoir complexes, a psychopathic penchant for risk-taking and manipulation, and an all-consuming thirst for validation.

Nope, not at all!

Christie Smythe, the reporter who ditched her Bloomberg News job and husband to pursue a romance with imprisoned "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli, said Monday she’s ready to date other people after Shkreli appeared to cool on their relationship.


Smythe and Shkreli's romantic bond was the subject of a bombshell article Elle published on Sunday. Smythe covered Shkreli’s 2015 arrest for hedge-fund fraud, months after the notorious pharma exec received a public flogging for price-gouging on his company’s AIDS drug.

Their nonsexual affair bloomed when Shrkeli landed behind bars following his 2018 conviction, with the two exchanging "I love you's" and Smythe quitting her job, leaving her husband and even freezing her eggs for Shrkeli's release.

But Shrkeli doused her ardor by tersely wishing her "the best of luck in her future endeavors" in a statement for the Elle article. She said she was being dumped through his lawyers and called the development "heartbreaking and sad."

Still, she remained hopeful. "I love him," she told the Post. "I'd be interested in seeing if we can make some kind of future work, if that’s what he wants to do."

The full story is at Elle.

I think we need a fresh round of reporters all handing each other awards and honors.

Well done, chaps. Splendid work all 'round.

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