Christie Smythe who froze eggs for ‘pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli still LOVES him after he 'dumped me through his lawyers'

THE reporter who left her husband and froze her eggs for "Pharma Bro" Matrin Shkreli said she still loves him, even after he dumped her "through his lawyers."

Christie Smythe, who met Shkreli when she was working for Bloomberg News, told the New York Post that he essentially ended their romance after she went public about the relationship.

Smythe shared the pair's dramatic love story – which involves her leaving both her husband and her job for the convicted fraudster – with Elle magazine in a piece that was published on Sunday.

Shkreli, who upped the price of a lifesaving drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent overnight and was convicted of fraud in 2017, is serving a seven-year prison sentence.

Smythe told The Post, "He basically dumped me through his lawyers," on Monday.

Shkreli issued a statement through his lawyers saying he, "wishes Ms. Smythe the best of luck in her future endeavors."

"That was a classic break-up-slash-if-you-fire-somebody kind of line," Smythe told the Post.

When asked if she was considering dating other guys, considering Shkreli is still in prison, she said she is "open to it," but she still loves Shkreli.

"I'd be interested in seeing if we can make some kind of future work, if that's what he wants to do."

She admitted that the "Pharma Bro" might be mad at her, but he is the one who began their relationship in the first place.

"My marriage was ending and everything else. I tried to do the thing where I was trying to be a friend and trying to be a reporter, and I got sucked in far too much," she said of their relationship.

In the Elle interview, Smythe explained that she had frozen her eggs after leaving her husband for Shkreli – worrying that she would no longer be able to have children when he got out of prison.

She explained how their relationship started, when she was covering his case and her calls to him for comment eventually became something more.

Smythe recalled how they connected over their mental health struggles with anxiety and feeling like outsiders in highly competitive fields in New York City.

After their first in-person meeting, the pharma boss would offer the journalist juicy tidbits of evidence before ghosting her for weeks.

For her Knight-Bagehot Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University, she wrote about Shkreli for her professor Michael Shapiro's class, “describing how manipulative he was to reporters."

When she showed it to Shkreli and he suggested she write a book about him, Shapiro cautioned her against it and warned "you’re going to ruin your life.”

She covered his court case in 2017 while on book leave from Bloomberg and was in the courtroom every day.

“These are incremental decisions, where you’re, like, slowly boiling yourself to death in the bathtub," Smythe said, recalling the photo she tweeted out with the Wu Tang Klan album he bought for $2 million.

Shkreli was convicted of three of eight counts in August 2017. By this time, Smythe's husband felt she was “getting too sucked into this bad person."

The following month, when Shkreli was jailed for offering his followers $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair, Smythe texted his friends to ensure he had his meds and his cat was looked after.

She was "Individual-1" in court documents who Shkreli emailed saying he'd do “everything and anything to get the lowest sentence possible," which he told her added two years to his sentence.

Although she alerted her editors and was switched to different cases, Smythe attacked other reporters' more critical articles on Shkreli on Twitter, forcing her to quit when HR got involved.

“It became apparent that it would be best to part ways. Ms. Smythe tendered her resignation, and we accepted it," Bloomberg told Elle.

Afterwards, her marriage broke down and Smythe continued to visit her pharma lover, taking a 6am prison van from Manhattan to see him in a New Jersey prison.

Smythe got a license so she could still see him when he was transferred to Pennsylvania.

She said that the pair both said "I love you" during prison visits and eventually became a couple.

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