weird when you consider he was twice her age and she was a relatively good looking (if stare-eyed and fucking insane) woman in her early 20s. (look at the guy she went on to engage and get impregnated by in a fucking hurry straight after the collapse of theranos and her relationship with balwani; definitely more what you'd expect from someone of her socioeconomic caste; and another poor rube who is being played for the court case, no doubt: who wants to leave a newborn child motherless?)
i think they were both just playing each other. and she was probably smart and conniving enough to 'butter the toast' in that way, sending lots of performative texts that portrayed her as helplessly in love and in thrall to this guy. they were, after all, in a criminal conspiracy together and both of them were fully aware of the fact. she was probably concocting contingency plans to come across as the 'damsel in distress', the 'young, naïve and manipulated girl' during her off-time when she wasn't faking medical technology and bamboozling investors. it wouldn't surprise me if she goes on to blame 'the media' or silicon valley or whatever for helping to 'fuel her delusions' and convince her of her own bullshit. anything to diminish responsibility and salve her own greed.
when she entered her plea and defence and took the line of being 'manipulated and abused by her partner, the former CFO of theranos', even the press who were closely involved in the story were temporarily sideswiped, because it didn't fit with the reported workplace culture at theranos at all, in which they both acted like a callous and tyrannical pair. the idea that she was preparing this defence scenario way ahead of time seems really plausible to me tbh. the texts were just sent as 'future evidence'. which probably explains balwani's bemused and nonplussed replies ("ok"). the schmaltzy love card stuff was essentially a non sequitur in their business-personal relationship. i doubt she was ever that clingy and emotive when they were together in person; it was clearly never a relationship built on romance and passionate attraction.
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