Christie Smythe Biography — Wiki
Christie Smythe is best known as the former Bloomberg journalist who revealed she quit her job and left her husband to be with ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli, despite him being in prison until 2023, after falling in love with him while covering his white-collar crimes for work.
Smythe claimed she was living the ‘perfect little Brooklyn life’ with her financier husband until she started covering Shrkreli for work in early 2015. Her husband warned her: ‘He is just using you.’ He also said she was risking her professional reputation by ‘getting too sucked into this bad person’.
Christie Smythe Age
According to her date of birth, Christie Smythe is 38 years old. She still looks pretty young.
Christie Smythe: When it all started
Christie Smythe and Martin Shkreli first met in 2015 soon after she found out that he was under federal investigation for securities law violations. She had been told by a source that he was under investigation. When she called him for a comment, he told her she didn’t know what she was talking about, she says.
Then, after his arrest, he contacted her when he’d been bailed out of jail.
She says he told her: ‘I should have listened to you.’
They met in person four days later and she hoped to put together a profile on him for Bloomberg.
For weeks afterward, she says he ‘toyed’ with her by promising an on-the-record interview only to give one to one of her competitors afterward. Eventually, he called asking for her advice because he needed a new lawyer. She said she was flattered.
‘I was like, “All right. I guess I can do that.”
Christie Smythe divorce filed
After Shkreli was sentenced to seven years, Smythe and her husband also decided that year to part ways.
When he found out she was discussing their romance publicly, he stopped communicating with her.
Christie Smythe at Criticism on Twitter
Twitter users attempted to bring Smythe back down to earth.
‘Any person who raises the price of a life-saving drug from $13.50 to $750 and then show absolutely no empathy concerning those who will no longer be able to afford it, and even smirks when asked about it, it like a psychopath. His actions are indefensible,’ wrote one person on Twitter.
‘I wasn’t in his life when that happened,’ responded Smythe. ‘I don’t approve of these kinds of price hikes. He is certainly far from the only one who did it though. It’s pervasive throughout the industry. And attacking him for it won’t fix the problem.’
Christie Smythe said the two are back on speaking terms
Christie Smythe still has hope for a future with convicted former pharmaceutical CEO, Martin Shkreli, according to a new Fox News report.
“I would love Martin to get out,” she told FOX News’s, Laura Ingle. “I would love him to start working on something productive that helps the world. And I’d like to play some sort of role in helping him get there. That’s my dream.”
‘You don’t know what you’re talking about, you don’t know me and what an incredibly willful and independent person I have been since childhood. And you don’t know Martin. Martin is not a brilliant manipulator when you get to know him,’ she told Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle.
‘He’s just a very, very eccentric person. It doesn’t play well in public, especially in a negative light.
‘He is phenomenally intelligent and charismatic, but also has no emotional intelligence and very little common sense and is very awkward. And if you combine all of those things, you get kind of this public relations disaster,’ she added.
She posted another tweet adding: ‘The funny thing is I know of plenty of journalists who fraternized with sources much more intimately than I ever did when I was covering Martin (or anyone). As long as the scoops come, and the process stays hidden, it goes unquestioned.’
In a statement to Fox News, Bloomberg said Smythe’s conduct with Shkreli ‘was not consistent with expectations for a Bloomberg journalist.’
‘It became apparent that it would be best to part ways. Ms. Smythe tendered her resignation, and we accepted it,’ a spokesperson said.
They are now in the process of figuring out their plans for the future once he’s released from jail.
‘I would love Martin to get out,’ Smythe said. ‘I would love him to start working on something productive that helps the world. And I’d like to play some sort of role in helping him get there. That’s my dream.’