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Christie Smythe’s ex-husband ‘not happy’ after Martin Shkreli romance goes public


Former Bloomberg reporter Christie Smythe admits her ex-hubby is “not happy’’ after she went public with her romance involving reviled “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli.

Smythe, a onetime court journalist who divorced financier Devin Arcoleo as she fell in love with Shkreli, said she has heard from her former spouse since her bizarre tale broke over the weekend — but it wasn’t pretty.

“A couple of texts,” she told Elle when asked if Arcoleo had reached out to her, according to a follow-up interview she gave the mag after it published her initial sensational story Sunday.


“They were not happy texts,’’ Smythe, 38, acknowledged.

But the former wife added of her ex, — “It’s up to him, whatever he wants to do. It’s his business.”

Arcoleo, 36 — a graduate of New York University’s prestigious Stern School of Business and now a vice president at investment firm Pimco, according to his LinkedIn page — and Smythe, 38, married in 2014.

The couple led an idyllic life in Brooklyn, she told Elle — cooking, walking their rescue dog and enjoying “literary pub crawls.’’

Then enter Shkreli.

In 2015, the 37-year-old former wunderkind pharmaceutical chief was infamously dubbed “the most hated man in the world’’ — for jacking up the price of an AIDS drug by nearly 5,000 percent overnight. Two years later, he was convicted of fleecing investors and then sentenced in 2018 to seven years behind bars.

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But Smythe, who helped cover Shkreli’s fraud case for Bloomberg, said he was misunderstood, and as the pair’s relationship blossomed, her marriage fell apart.

“He’s just using you,” Arcoleo told Smythe at one point of Shkreli, according to Elle.

A woman who knew Smythe and Arcoleo when they were married and living in Park Slope, Brooklyn, told The Post on Tuesday that the ex “is a nice guy who ended up in an unfortunate situation.”

Smythe and her husband ended up filing for divorce Jan. 2, 2019, records show — and she and Shkreli’s romance heated up, with the pair kissing and trading “I love you’s” during her visits to him in a Pennsylvania penitentiary, she told the mag.

But Smythe’s current relationship with the con is now up in the air. He appeared to dump her through a statement from one of his lawyers to Elle, and Smythe later told The Post she may start dating other men.

Arcoleo did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday, nor did Smythe.

Smythe now lives in Harlem, while her ex calls downtown Brooklyn home.

Additional reporting by Georgett Roberts, Lorena Mongelli and Priscilla DeGregory

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