Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the bogus blood-testing startup Theranos, has reportedly got married in secret.
The 35-year-old alleged scammer got hitched to her hotel heir fiancé William ‘Billy’ Evans, 27, according to a friend of his.
The woman, who claimed she is Evans’ pal, shared the news at a recording of the ‘Bitch Sesh’ podcast in San Francisco on Saturday night, according to Page Six.
The podcast’s hosts, Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider, have an open mic for people to share any gossip.
An audience member told Page Six: ‘This girl said she was close with Billy and she’d had “Friendsgiving” with him and Elizabeth. She was sharing details like the fact they have a stripper pole in their apartment.’
It is unclear what will happen to the lovebirds though should Holmes be sent to prison.
She faces 11 criminal felony charges at her trial, including wire fraud and conspiracy, stemming from allegations she covered up her company’s faulty blood testing technology and swindled investors out of hundreds of million of dollars.
Holmes was set to revolutionize the medical industry with the development of Edison, a portable machine that she claimed could provide patients with a comprehensive blood test by analyzing just a single drop of blood.
But Theranos, once valued at $9 billion, went under after these claims were proven to be phony and the company was shut down by the SEC in late 2018.
Holmes, who was named by Forbes as the youngest self-made female billionaire in 2014, has maintained her innocence and entered a not guilty plea to all counts.
Her supposed new husband is the heir to the Evans Hotel Group, which was founded by his grandparents William and Anne Evans in San Diego in 1953. Currently, the business has three resort properties on the West Coast.
Evans graduated from MIT in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Economics, at which point he took a post at LinkedIn.
In 2017, he became the director of special projects at Luminar Technologies, a company which develops sensors for driverless cars.
According to LinkedIn, Evans stopped working there in January – perhaps to spend more time with Holmes while he still can.
But marriage to a potential felon was not supposed to be Evans’ destiny.
His image-conscious parents, William and Susan, were flabbergasted by their son’s engagement to Holmes at the beginning of the year, according to The New York Post.
‘His family is like, “What the f–k are you doing?” It’s like he’s been brainwashed.’ a colleague told the paper.
A relationship with Holmes ‘will destroy your social value,’ the colleague added. ‘But you will get something else in return’ – namely, fame.
Evans, for his part, reportedly told his friends: ‘The media has it all wrong about her.’
Despite attempts by close friends and family members to talk him out of marrying Holmes, Evans insisted on going ahead with the union.
Evans is a far cry from Holmes’ ex, former Theranos president Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani.
Holmes and Balwani met in China just after her high school graduation when he was 37 and she was just 18.
Balwani divorced his Japanese artist wife Keiko Fujimoto shortly after he met Holmes, and the two kept their relationship a secret for years.
Balwani, along with Holmes, is accused of defrauding investors, doctors and patients.
Prosecutors said they used advertising and solicitations to encourage doctors and patients to use its blood testing laboratory services despite knowing the company could not produce accurate and reliable results consistently.
Photos of Holmes and Evans show they are very close, and very private.
They are seldom seen with anyone but each other or Balto, the infamous Siberian husky that Holmes adopted as Theranos found itself in increasingly dire straits, informing workers that the dog was a ‘wolf’.
In all the photos of the pair, Holmes is also seen wearing Evans’ MIT signet ring around her neck, which is thought to be an engagement ring.
The controversial couple shared a luxury apartment in San Francisco until May.
In March, HBO released a tell-all documentary about Theranos entitled ‘The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley’ – which tracked Holmes’ meteoric rise and fall.
It showed her disturbing ability to coolly deceive some of America’s wealthiest and most intelligent people and revealed a personality cult around Holmes.
She cultivated herself as the charismatic leader with her penchant for Steve Jobs-style black turtle necks and an uncanny baritone voice.