Everyone’s talking about… Elon Musk’s love life
What has he done now?
Nothing. Stop picking on him. He’s quipped that he hasn’t ‘even had sex in ages (sigh)’.
I don’t believe I asked…
The Wall Street Journal did, in an article which alleged Musk (World’s Richest Man™) had had an affair with Nicole Shanahan, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin (World’s Eighth Richest Man™).
The Wall Street Journal wrote an article in which it alleged Elon Musk (pictured) (World’s Richest Man™) had had an affair with Nicole Shanahan, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin
What’s the gossip?
According to the WSJ, Musk and Shanahan were embroiled in a brief affair last December, prompting Brin to file for divorce in January and trashing the tech billionaires’ long-standing friendship in the process.
What does Musk say happened?
In a rebuttal sent to the New York Post, he wrote: ‘I spoke with both Sergey and Nicole about this and they say the story isn’t coming from them, so [it] must be a case of broken telephone.’
A tech billionaire with a broken telephone. That is unlucky!
It is but, then again, the path of the 51-year-old PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX mogul’s love life has always been a rocky one.
Give me an overview.
In 2008 after he split from his first wife, author Justine Wilson, he quickly became engaged to English actress Talulah Riley. After that he married her… divorced her… married her… divorced her… then dated Amber Heard.
Don’t interrupt or we’ll never get through this. Musk started dating pop singer Grimes in 2018 – their children are called X Æ A-XII and Exa Dark Sideræl.
Do you know how to pronounce..?
OK, carry on…
In September 2021 Musk confirmed that he and Grimes had ‘semi-separated’.
They’re still together, then?
No, in March, Grimes said they were fully separated, just months before it was revealed he’d had twins with Shivon Zilis – an exec at one of his companies. The babies were born weeks before the birth of his second child with Grimes.
My head’s spinning. How many children has he fathered?
At the time of going to press, ten.
What is it that women find so irresistible about the World’s Richest Man™?
His eccentric personality.
Not his beach body?
You’re talking about those Mykonos yacht photographs. Like we said, he’s a cerebral guy.
By which you mean…
When he first met Talulah Riley in a Mayfair nightclub, he offered to show her his rockets.
It worked for James Bond. How did she respond?
‘I was sceptical,’ Riley has admitted, ‘but he did actually show me rocket videos.
Didn’t I hear something about a Silicon Valley sex party?
You did – a book about men in the tech world, Brotopia, said there were rumours that Musk attended ‘wearing a black armour-like costume adorned with silver spikes and chains’.
Does he deny it?
No, a Tesla rep confirmed Musk had been to the party but that he left early and that ‘his impression was that it was a corporate party with a costume theme’.
Wasn’t there a threesome with Cara Delevingne and Amber Heard at Johnny Depp’s house?
No, according to Musk: ‘I work crazy hours, so there just isn’t much time for shenanigans.’
Is Musk getting a bit of a kicking at the moment?
Yes. And it’s getting him down. He informed his 102.2 million Twitter followers that the stories about his sex life are all ‘nothing-burgers’ and the attention ‘super sucks’.
Poor Musk. What can he do?
He could start by fixing that broken telephone.
Maybe he just needs to go away for a bit.
Don’t worry, he’s on it.
What’s the plan?
He wants to colonise Mars.