- Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk seems to prefer keeping his personal life under wraps.
- It wasn’t until 2017 that he opened up in an intensely candid Rolling Stone profile. Musk discussed topics he usually doesn’t, from his breakup with actress Amber Heard to his strained relationship with his father.
- Musk has had a stormy personal life at times. He’s been through two divorces and is estranged from his father, who made headlines in 2018 after it was reported he had a child with his 30-year-old former stepdaughter, Jana Bezuidenhout.
- These days, Musk is dating musician Grimes and the couple may be expecting a baby together.
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In 2010, Elon Musk said he would “rather stick a fork in my hand than write about my personal life.”
But the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is a fascinating figure, and over the years, he’s opened up here and there about his childhood, his parents, and his relationships.
Musk got uncharacteristically candid for perhaps the first time in an in-depth Rolling Stone interview by Neil Strauss published in November 2017. He spoke of his breakup with ex-girlfriend Amber Heard, expressing his heartbreak over their parting. Musk also touched upon his estranged relationship with his father Errol, calling him a “terrible human being.”
These days, Musk appears to be dating the musician Grimes — the pair debuted their relationship in May 2018, and may even be expecting a baby together.
Here’s a look at Elon Musk’s personal life over the years.
Today, Musk and Errol are estranged. The Tesla CEO told Rolling Stone that his father is “a terrible human being.” “You have no idea about how bad,” Musk said. “Almost every crime you can possibly think of, he has done.”
Source: Rolling Stone
Musk’s father, who is in his 70s, made headlines in 2018 when it was revealed that he had a child with his then-30-year-old former stepdaughter Jana Bezuidenhout, whom he’s known since she was 4 years old.
Musk also reportedly has a good relationship with his mother. Vanity Fair reported that he gifted Maye with a green Tesla. She also moved to California in 2013 to be closer to her oldest son and grandchildren.
Source: Vanity Fair
There, he met his first wife, Justine Wilson. Writing in Marie Claire, Justine — who still uses Musk’s last name — recalled that Musk invited her out for ice cream. She decided to stay in to study, but he showed up with “two chocolate-chip ice cream cones dripping down his hands.”
Source: Marie Claire
Musk transferred to Wharton, but kept sending Justine roses. They went their separate ways, but reconnected as Musk started working on his first startup and Justine started working on her first novel after graduation. Justine said Musk wooed her by giving her his credit card to buy as many books as she wanted. The pair tied the knot in 2000.
Source: Marie Claire
The couple moved to Los Angeles and had a son named Nevada, whom they lost to SIDS. They ultimately had twins and triplets — five sons in total. Musk said he strives to spend time with his sons. In 2010, he called his children “the love of my life.”
While Musk and his first wife became estranged, Justine wrote in Marie Claire that she and Riley ended up getting along very well. She even sent her ex-husband’s girlfriend an email saying: “I would rather live out the French-movie version of things, in which the two women become friends and various philosophies are pondered.”
Source: Marie Claire
Riley and Musk married in 2010. Two years later, news of their divorce became public when Musk tweeted: “It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever. You will make someone very happy one day” at Riley on Twitter.
The couple remarried in 2013. Musk filed for — then withdrew — a second divorce the following year.
In 2016, Riley filed for divorce from Musk, which was finalized in late 2016. The two are still on good terms, however — Riley even made an appearance during Strauss’ Rolling Stone profile of Musk. “We still see each other all the time and take care of each other,” she told People.
In May 2018, Musk arrived at the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art alongside Grimes, a Canadian musician. At the time, Page Six reported that the pair had been “quietly dating” for a few weeks.
Source: Page Six
Grimes and Musk met over Twitter. Musk was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence — specifically, about the Rococo Basilisk character in her “Flesh Without Blood” video — and discovered she had beaten him to the punch.
Musk later told the Wall Street Journal that he loves Grimes for her “wild fae artistic creativity and hyper intense work ethic.”
Source: The Wall Street Journal
In January 2020, Grimes posted a nude photo to her Instagram and Twitter accounts that shows her pregnant with a fetus Photoshopped on her belly. Since then, she has confirmed that she’s expecting, although it’s not clear if she and Musk are having the child together.