Martin Shkreli’s ex Christie Smythe missed couples therapy to visit ‘Pharma Bro’ behind bars

Christie Smythe, the ex-journalist who left her husband and job for Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli, confessed she missed her first marriage counseling session to visit the convicted felon behind bars – when she stalked critics of her former flame aired.

Smythe, 39, told the Sunday Times that she and her ex-husband would start therapy the day she was able to visit Shkreli for the first time at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

The former Bloomberg reporter admitted she arrived 52 minutes into the hour-long session, having gone to jail to see the infamous inmate while still working for the news agency.

“I didn’t count the minutes – he did,” Smythe told the newspaper. “We later went to marriage counseling and of course that was a disaster. Nothing was recommended.”

She said it was “emblematic” of her entire relationship that she ended with Shkreli.

Smythe and Shkreli, both 39, met after she was hired to cover him for Bloomberg News in 2015.

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Christie Smythe admitted she was 52 minutes late for the hour-long therapy session.
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Christie Smythe and Martin Shkreli met after she was hired to cover him for Bloomberg News in 2015.
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The hedge fund manager became a deeply hated figure for raising the price of the antiparasitic drug Daraprim as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals in 2015.

Smythe eventually broke the news of his arrest for securities fraud, for which he was convicted in 2017, but later resigned from her job over her involvement in him.

The ex-journalist was slammed online after Elle magazine published a 2020 story about how she turned her life upside down for “one of the most hated men in the world”.

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Christie Smythe broke the news of Martin Shkreli’s arrest for securities fraud.
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Christie Smythe.
Martin Shkreli released Christie Smythe from prison through a statement from his attorney.
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Shkreli was so upset by the article that he released Smythe from prison through a statement from his attorney to the magazine. However, she told the Post in May that they still talk and are friends.

“I hope to see him and hug him. I will always have feelings for him,” she said after his release from federal prison this month. “He was very angry with me when I went public, but I was afraid that he would get sick in prison and nobody would stand up for him because he was so hated.”

On Sunday, after the Sunday Times article titled “I left my husband for America’s most hated man” went viral, she defended her ex-lover online.

“When you say that everyone deserves a second chance and a chance to make amends EXCEPT Martin Shkreli (or whoever the internet decided at some point to hate him), you really don’t mean it,” raged them on Twitter.

Smythe is currently writing a sequel to the love affair on Substack, is the editor-in-chief of a new media outlet called The Business of Business, and said she has a new boyfriend. Martin Shkreli’s ex Christie Smythe missed couples therapy to visit ‘Pharma Bro’ behind bars


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