Steve Jobs' ex-girlfriend and mother of one of his children has written a tell-all book, The Bite in the Apple, which makes some unflattering claims about the late co-founder of Apple.
Jobs passed away in 2011 and, obviously, is not able to defend himself.
Chrisann Brennan first met Jobs in 1972 at Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif. The two began dating off and on from their teens into their 20s.
Brennan and Jobs split up in 1977 after she became pregnant with their daughter, Lisa.
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Brennan claims that she worked as a waitress and collected welfare to support herself and Lisa, whom Jobs denied was his.
In 1979, Jobs took a paternity test that proved he was Lisa's father, but still denied being the dad, notes the Herald Sun.
In her book, Brennan says that Jobs eventually agreed to pay $500 a month in child support, but he told Time magazine in 1983 that “28 percent of the male population in the United States could be the father.”
When Jobs and Brennan moved into together, Jobs brought along a friend to live in the house where all three had separate bedrooms, until Jobs decided to move Brennan into his room, notes New York Post.
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Even after swapping rooms in this way, Steve and I still shared nights of lovemaking so profound that, astonishingly, some fifteen years later, he called me out of the blue to thank me for them. He was married at the time of his call and all I could think of was, Whoa . . . men . . . are . . . really . . . different. Imagine if I had called him to say such a thing.
Brennan also claims that Jobs became more vicious as Apple became more successful:
For example, in the pre-Apple days whenever we’d go out for dinner (which wasn’t that often), Steve would often be sarcastic toward the restaurant staff. The host would say, “Two?” and Steve would reply, “No, fifteen!” driving for the implicit “DUH!” But after Apple started we ate out a lot more and Steve’s behavior toward service people changed into a different kind of disempowerment.
Steve would run down the waitstaff like a demon, detailing the finer points of good service, which included the notion that “they should be seen only when he needed them.” Steve was uncontrollably critical. His reactions had a Tourette’s quality — as if he couldn’t stop himself.
Steve had always been a brilliant misfit, but at this time — to be generous — he wasn’t managing his growing power very well. In fact, he was positively despotic. Excellence had always been a gorgeous thing in Steve, but now he was using it like a weapon. He’d look for excellence and when he didn’t find it, he’d behave badly and take it out on people.
Sources: New York Post and Herald Sun