Cue the sad violin: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has split with his violinist girlfriend Gabi Holzwarth, sources exclusively tell the New York Post’s Page Six.
The 40-year-old tech billionaire was dating the beautiful, talented street violinist, 26, for nearly two years, but sources say they recently broke up due to mounting pressures of his work.
Losses are continuing to grow at ride-hailing juggernaut Uber, which reportedly lost $1.2 billion in the first half of 2016 alone, mainly due to losses in China.
A tech insider told us: “Travis is under a lot of pressure right now. It’s hard for him to focus on a relationship.”
It appeared that his relationship with Holzwarth — dubbed “the violin girl of Silicon Valley” because of her popular performances at tech events — took a lot of dedication.
The couple started dating after they were introduced at a party hosted by Shervin Pishevar, a venture capitalist who’s invested in Uber and Airbnb.
Pishevar discovered her playing on the streets of Palo Alto, Calif., and then hired her to play at his own event in 2015.
Holzwarth — who’s since played many tech soirees — recently described how romance with Kalanick saved her life.
(She’d had a decade-long battle with an eating disorder after a troubled childhood that included family violence and sexual abuse by a tennis instructor, which she revealed at a 2014 TEDx talk.)
“Travis, he’s been so helpful in my recovery. He’s been such a rock. That’s a side that no one really sees about him,” she’s reportedly said.
“I told him absolutely everything… That I was 30 pounds underweight… He checks on me every day.
“He rushes home — he can be in the middle of ridiculous crazy at the office — and he comes home if I need help.”
She added, “You can’t recover alone from an addiction.”
Following the split, Holzwarth is continuing with her recovery and has been recording music.
Last week she posted on Instagram: “Sometimes the best medicine is pouring your [heart] out in the studio.”
Spokesmen for both Uber and Holzwarth declined to comment.