Talulah Riley, the author and actor who was twice married to Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, has reflected on their relationship.
Riley, whose new dystopian novel The gear is out now, was married to Musk twice – the first time from 2010 to 2012, and a second time from 2013 to 2016.
In an interview with the independent, Riley said of the couple’s decision to remarry: “Of course I understand it looks strange. But that logic made sense at the time.”
She added: “I think the reason for remarrying was simply because it felt crazy to be unmarried together after they got married. You know, it’s like a habit. We said, ‘This is my husband.’ ‘This is my wife.’ “Oh, wait, no, we’re not anymore. We better be that again.’”
Riley – who is now dating her gun co-star Thomas Brodie-Sangster – said she shares a “very deep love and connection” with Musk, adding: “He’s an amazing friend. He watches me. We are now in a happy place, where we are good to each other, which is very nice. I have the greatest love for him.”
The actor, who starred in St Trinian’s2007 adaptation of Pride and prejudice and west worldsaid she took a career break to care for Musk’s five children from his first marriage to Justine Musk.
“It wasn’t really a traditional housewife role,” she said. “I mean, there were the rockets and the cars, and there were things that exploded… a lot of it happened — a lot that was very stimulating.
“We [she and Musk’s kids] were very involved in what was happening. It was a group effort. A family-wide effort.”
She praised her former husband and continued: “Elon was amazing. He had me next to me for that. So it wasn’t like being stuck in a Bel Air mansion as a trophy wife, which wouldn’t have been fun. I witnessed that for others, of course. But luckily that was not my fate.”