Elon Musk is known for his Tesla innovations as well as his hopes and dreams with SpaceX. But he has quite a past when it comes to his relationships. Currently, he’s dating tech-pop musician Grimes, and they just welcomed a baby into the world on May 4. But this is far from his first public romance. Musk has been married twice, and he’s also dated superstars like Amber Heard. But it’s his first wife who’s really spoken out about her divorce.
Musk has painted himself as a romantic with aspirations of finding a soulmate. So, what happened with Justine Wilson, the first woman he married? According to Wilson, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows in their marriage.
Elon Musk said he can’t stand being alone
While Musk has more money than he’d ever personally need, it’s true that money can’t buy happiness. And it seems he fears loneliness more than anything else.
During an interview with Rolling Stone in 2017, he got more personal than he usually does with the interviewer — and he even asked the interviewer if they knew of anyone he should date. “I’m looking for a long-term relationship. I’m not looking for a one-night stand,” Musk said. “I’m looking for a serious companion or soulmate, that kind of thing.”
While the interview took place right after his breakup with Amber Heard, he also added, “If I’m not in love, if I’m not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy.” And he then noted, “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,” Musk said. “How do you make yourself happy in a situation like that?”
Musk married Justine Wilson in January 2000, and they had five children together
While Musk felt heartbroken by his breakup with Heard, this wasn’t his first high-profile breakup. He had a complicated relationship with actress Talulah Riley, and they ended up marrying twice. But it was Musk’s relationship with his first wife, Justine Wilson, that got a lot of attention.
Wilson met Musk during her first year of studying at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, she wrote for Marie Claire. She noted Musk was a year ahead of her, and he pursued her after seeing her from across the room in their dorm common area. While they initially pursued a relationship, it wasn’t too serious, as they went their separate ways after college. Wilson went to Japan for a year before returning to Canada. But she knew she still had feelings for her ex. Once he called her, the rest was history.
The two married in January 2000, and Musk was starting to attain more and more wealth. They ended up having five children together — twins and triplets — after the death of their first son. But it certainly wasn’t perfect, as the dynamic between them started to change.
Wilson said there was a ‘growing void’ between her and Musk
So, what happened with Wilson and Musk? While they seemed like the perfect match, Wilson wrote for her Marie Claire piece that Musk acted like the “alpha” instead of her equal, and he delved deep into his work.
“It was a dream lifestyle, privileged and surreal. But the whirlwind of glitter couldn’t disguise a growing void at the core,” she wrote. “Elon was obsessed with his work: When he was home, his mind was elsewhere. I longed for deep and heartfelt conversations, for intimacy and empathy.”
A little over a month after marriage counseling, Musk served Wilson with divorce papers. The two are estranged now, but Wilson noted she got along well with Talulah Riley, the actress Musk was engaged to just six weeks after the divorce papers were delivered.
Business Insider notes Riley and Musk remain on good terms after their multiple marriage failures (they tied the knot in 2010 and again in 2013). But they still couldn’t make their relationship work.
We’ll have to wait and see if Musk plans on tying the knot with Grimes — or if Wilson will ever meet Musk’s newborn baby.
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