The relationship history of Elon Musk, who says he must be in love to be happy

Elon Musk and ex-wife Talulah Riley.

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Elon Musk and ex-wife Talulah Riley.
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• Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was interviewed for an intensely candid Rolling Stone profile.

• He discussed his views on relationships and loneliness.

• Musk has been married twice, and recently split from his girlfriend actress Amber Heard.

Elon Musk got candid about his personal life in a recent, in-depth Rolling Stone interview.

He spoke of his recent breakup with ex-girlfriend Amber Heard, expressing his heartbreak over their parting.

It’s an unusual move for Musk, who said in 2010 that he would “rather stick a fork in my hand than write about my personal life.”

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX went on to discuss how difficult it is for him to meet people, saying he is looking for a long-term relationship – and a soul mate. Musk even asked interviewer Neil Strauss if there was anyone Strauss thought he should date.

“If I’m not in love, if I’m not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy,” he told Rolling Stone. “I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me. It’s not like I don’t know what that feels like: Being in a big empty house, and the footsteps echoing through the hallway, no one there – and no one on the pillow next to you. F–. How do you make yourself happy in a situation like that?”

Here’s a look at some of the tech titan’s past relationships:


Musk told Rolling Stone he’s struggled with loneliness since childhood. “When I was a child, there’s one thing I said,” Musk said. “‘I never want to be alone.'”

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Elon Musk.
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Source: Rolling Stone, Business Insider


Musk met his first wife, Justine Wilson, at Queen’s University in Ontario. Writing in Marie Claire, Justine — who uses Musk’s last name — recalled Musk invited her out for ice cream.

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Queen’s University.
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Justine Musk/Twitter

Source: Marie Claire


She decided to stay in to study, but he showed up with “two chocolate-chip ice cream cones dripping down his hands.” 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.

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Source: Marie Claire


The Canadian novelist 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.

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Justine Musk/Twitter

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. In her 2010 Marie Claire article, Justine said her children are “thriving.”

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Source: Marie Claire


And in 2013, Musk said he strives to spend time with his sons. In 2010, he called his children “the love of my life.”

Source: Business Insider, Business Insider, Business Insider


The couple split in 2008, and Justine kept her husband’s last name for the sake of their kids. After his divorce, the tech mogul began dating actress Talulah Riley.

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Elon Musk and Talulah Riley.
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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.

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Elon Musk and Talulah Riley.
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Source: Forbes


The couple remarried in 2013. Musk filed for — then withdrew — a second divorce the following year.

Source: POPSugar


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.

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Elon Musk and Talulah Riley.
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Source: Rolling Stone, People


Musk began dating actress Amber Heard in 2016, but they broke up a year later due to their intense schedules.

Source: The Cut, Rolling Stone


Commenting on one of Heard’s Instagram posts, Musk said he and his ex were “still friends, remain close and love one another” and added “who knows what the future holds.” He later told Rolling Stone: “I was really in love, and it hurt bad.”

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Source: Rolling Stone, The Cut