Talulah Riley

Actress Talulah Riley spoke fondly about her ex-husband, Elon Musk, whom she divorced twice. Image via @premierhairandmakeup/Instagram

‘I love Elon fiercely and always will’: Talulah Riley married ‘shy’ Musk TWICE

Actress Talulah Riley spoke fondly and candidly about her ex, Elon Musk, whom she married, divorced, remarried and divorced a second time.

Talulah Riley

Actress Talulah Riley spoke fondly about her ex-husband, Elon Musk, whom she divorced twice. Image via @premierhairandmakeup/Instagram

English actress Talulah Riley may have been married to 50-year-old billionaire Elon Musk twice and also divorced him twice, but the 36-year-old star will always love him.

In an interview with UK style magazine The Sunday Times on 22 May, the Pistol actress spoke fondly about her relationship with the Tesla CEO.

The pair wed in 2010 and divorced in 2012, only to wed for a second time the following year and eventually called it quits for good in 2016.

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The Pride and Prejudice actress revealed how she first met the billionaire entrepreneur by chance at London nightclub Whisky Mist in 2008. The two ended up having a long chat about cars and rockets.

She told the publication about her first impressions of Musk, describing him as “very diffident, very shy, quite awkward, sweet.”

When the pair met, their careers had already taken off as Riley was on the rise after starring in the film St Trinians, while Musk had made $176 million (R2.8 billion) from the sale of PayPal to eBay. This was also during the time Musk had split from his first wife and Canadian author, Justine Wilson whom he was married to for eight years from 2000-2008.

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According to Riley, she and the billionaire who is poised to take over as the new Twitter boss, met again the following day after their first chat at the club.

The former couple spent four days together in London, then flew to Los Angeles to spend another six. Before she knew it, Musk was on bended knee, asking for her hand in marriage, just six weeks after filing for divorce from his first wife.

“I think my father proposed to my mother at the end of their first date, so I think I just assumed that was how it was done.

“It seemed perfectly logical to me at the time that if someone was going to come in and want to marry me, they would want to marry me immediately,” Riley said.


Riley and Musk are still very close despite going through two divorces together, which is why the actress still has so much love for her ex-husband, but “not in a romantic way”.

“I love Elon fiercely and always will, not necessarily in an intense, romantic way but in a broad ‘he’s my family’ way

“Elon and I both are wildly romantic people in the broadest sense of the word. Hence he’s building rocket ships to other planets, etcetera. And I’m more romantic in a Victorian, communing-with-nature sort of way, but that meets in terms of heady romance.”

The actress recalled often taking her young stepsons to visit him at work, saying he didn’t mind her being around while she worked.

At the time, Musk, who is now a father-of-eight, had five sons with his first wive, set of twins – Griffin and Xavier Musk and a set of triplets – Kai, Saxon and Damian Musk.

The SpaceX mogul and Wilson welcomed their first son, Nevada, to the world in 2002. However, he passed away due to of Sudden Infant Death (SID) at 10 weeks, Page Six reports.

Musk also has two children with his on-again, off- again partner, Grimes. The singer gave birth to their son X AE A-XII, in May 2020. They also secretly welcomed their second child together, a baby girl named Exa Dark Sideræl, via surrogate in December 2021.

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