Elena Lincoln is Christian Grey's longtime friend and business partner. Elena is described as a tall, elegant, sexy, regal platinum blonde. She is often wearing black and is very well-groomed. According to Anastasia, she appears to be in her late 30s or early 40s. Elena entered Christian's life as a friend to his adoptive mother Dr. Grace Trevelyan-Grey, and they began an affair when he was 15 years old.
Ana gives Elena the nickname Mrs. Robinson, a reference to the 1967 film The Graduate.
Fifty Shades of GreyEdit
Christian tells Ana that Elena seduced him when he was fifteen years old and introduced him to the BDSM lifestyle. Elena acted as his Domme (Female Dominant) for six years. Christian believes that Elena's "intervention" was almost therapeutic for him, and helped him focus his energies on school and curb his drinking and violent tendencies. Anastasia, however, is not impressed: she believes that Elena took advantage of a disturbed teenager, and does not hesitate to call her out as a pedophile. She is convinced that Elena caused even further damage to Christian.
Christian has dinner with Elena while Ana is on vacation in Georgia. Elena convinces him to fly out to see Ana, knowing that the gesture would freak Ana out and make her want to end their relationship.
Fifty Shades DarkerEdit
Fifty Shades FreedEdit
When Christian finds out that Ana is pregnant, he storms out of the house. He later recalls to Ana what happened that night: after failing to find Dr. Flynn, he ended up at Elena's salon. She saw that Chirstian was upset and took him out for a drink. Elena attempted to make a move on him, only to be rejected. Finally realizing the depth of his feelings for Ana, she agreed to permanently part ways with Christian. Thinking of a now pregnant Ana and their unborn child, he admits to seeing, for the first time, the damage that Elena inflicted on him, albeit intentional or not.
Christian also reveals that when he was 21, Mr. Lincoln found out about Elena's affair with him. In retaliation for her disloyaty, Linc broke her left arm, cracked four of her ribs, and busted her jaw. Despite the severity her injuries, Elena chose not to press charges against Linc. Christian punishes Mr. Lincoln for both the assault and for posting Jack Hyde's bail by dismantling his company, Lincoln Timber, and selling it off.