Former Bloomberg journalist Christie Smythe is ready to get back to dating after being dumped by 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli.
Smythe said she's moving on after Shkreli 'basically dumped me through his lawyers' in a comment to Elle magazine, in which she professed her love for the convicted prisoner in an article published Sunday.
The reporter continued to defend her infatuation with Shkreli online and defended him as 'not a psychopath' after the article went viral but by Monday had decided she had had enough.
'I'm definitely open to' dating,' Smythe said Monday. 'I have been basically celibate for two years. I'm not going to sit around and wait.'
Smythe quit her job and left her husband to be with Shkreli, despite him being in prison until 2023, after falling in love with him while covering his white collar crimes for http://newtopassau.com/viewtopic.php?id=2954618 work before being left in the cold by him.'
'Mr. Shkreli wishes Ms. Smythe the best of luck in her future endeavors,' read a statement from Shkreli's lawyer in the Elle piece.
'It's similar to getting fired by a CEO,' Smythe said. 'It was heartbreaking and really sad.'
Former Bloomberg reporter Christie Smythe was out in public on Monday for the first time since an article was published detailing her relationship with Martin Shkreli
Smythe wore a shirt that said 'Be Kind' as her romance with Martin Shkreli went public
She was also walking her dog and talking about the next steps in her dating life
Still, Smythe hasn't lost all hope of a future love match even if she's hitting the dating market.
'I'm here in the sense that I care for him. I love him,' Smythe said about Shkreli when she was spotted walking her dog Monday in a shirt that read 'Be Kind.'
'I'd be interested in seeing if we can make some kind of future work, if that's what he wants to do.'
Smythe did clarify the timeline of their relationship, saying 'I want to be as crystal-clear as possible: I have not slept with him. I didn't engage in any romantic interactions with him until I was done with Bloomberg.'
Smythe, 38, says she was living the 'perfect little Brooklyn life' with her financier husband until she started covering Shkreli for work in early 2015, when she broke the news of his arrest for securities fraud.
He had been charged with running a pyramid scheme to prop up his pharma empire and was already known as one of the most hated men in America for newtopassau.com jacking up the price of a life-saving AIDS drug from $13.50 to $750.
Despite his reputation and crimes, Smythe says she fell hopelessly in love over the next few years while getting closer to him.
She shared details of their romance in Elle on Sunday after being cut off by Shkreli who, in a statement, said he 'wishes her well.'
Even his own lawyer, Ben Brafman, said the relationship was not a good one. Smythe's ex-husband warned her he was manipulating her and her bosses at Bloomberg told her she'd lost her professional impartiality but she persisted with their relationship, visiting him in prison and defending him on Twitter, until it finally turned romantic after he was sentenced in 2018.
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