MARRIED to a tech genius on his solution to turning into the world’s richest man, along with her personal blossoming profession and a rising brood of children, Justine Musk had all of it.
However the world fell down round her ears when husband, Elon Musk, filed for divorce in 2008.
Now, within the BBC documentary The Elon Musk Present – which begins on Wednesday – first spouse Justine reveals she was dumped by way of the couple’s marriage counsellor.
“We have been seeing a marital therapist and he obtained uninterested in the stress and uncertainty of it,” she says within the present.
“The following day, I went into my therapist’s workplace and he had left a message for her to inform me that he was submitting for divorce. In order that was how I discovered.
“One of many extra memorable moments of my life.”
The three-part documentary, on BBC2, additionally encompasses a revealing interview with second spouse Talulah Riley, who was engaged to Musk simply six weeks after he filed for divorce.
The Brit star lifts the lid on how she was wooed by the Tesla boss – now value £200billion – with an invitation to look at “rocket movies” in his London resort room and the way he proposed in ten days.
‘Alpha’ wedding ceremony whisper
Born in South Africa, Musk was a bookish baby and his mum Maye tells the documentary “from the age of three I believed he was a genius”.
Fiercely aggressive, Musk met future spouse Justine Wilson at Ontario College the place they shared a psychology class. Within the closing examination she scored 97 per cent and Elon scored 98 per cent.
He and brother Kimbal went on to discovered Zip2, a web based travelogue firm, and archive footage exhibits the younger entrepreneur taking supply of his dream automotive – a £1million McLaren F1 – after promoting the start-up for £276million and netting himself a private windfall of £20million, in 1999.
“Simply three years in the past I used to be showering on the YMCA and sleeping on the workplace ground and now I’ve a $1million automotive and fairly just a few creature comforts,” he says.
“I might go and purchase one of many islands within the Bahamas and switch it into my private fiefdom, however I’m way more thinking about constructing and creating a brand new firm.”
That new firm was PayPal, which revolutionised on-line cash switch, however Musk, who married Justine after six years of relationship, was ousted from the board whereas on his honeymoon.
Already a workaholic, he took it as a lesson by no means to depart his desk saying: “It’s not a good suggestion to depart the workplace when there are all kinds of issues which might be inflicting a variety of stress.”
Justine admitted it’s not simple being married to Musk, saying: “It’s important to settle for when you find yourself spending time with him you’re solely getting a small a part of him as a result of 95 per cent of his psychological power is consumed by these issues.”
She later revealed a darker aspect, explaining that, as they danced at their wedding ceremony reception, Musk whispered, “I’m the alpha on this relationship.”
She claims he turned her right into a “trophy spouse”, urging her to go blonde and keep skinny.
“Elon’s judgement overruled mine and he was continually remarking on the methods he discovered me missing,” she wrote in Marie Claire. “‘I’m your spouse. I informed him repeatedly, ‘not your worker.’ ‘In the event you have been my worker,’ he stated simply as typically, ‘I might fireplace you.’
Tragically, the couple misplaced first baby Nevada at simply ten weeks and, via IVF, went on to have twins, in 2004, then triplets two years later.
However their cut up in 2008 left Justine reeling and she or he later revealed he texted her simply six weeks later to announce his engagement to Talulah.
Proposal in 10 days
Musk met Talulah in posh London membership Whisky Mist, whereas on a enterprise journey to the UK.
“My first impressions have been that he was very candy, he appeared fairly shy,” Talulah says.
“He stated, ‘Might I put my hand in your knee.’ and I stated, ‘Okay go on then.’ I believed it was fairly candy that he requested.
“He stated, ‘I’d like to see you tomorrow. Can we meet for breakfast?’ We met for breakfast after which he stated, ‘Will you come and have lunch with me?’ so then we went for lunch and he stated, ‘Will you come for dinner?’
“Then I keep in mind one night he stated, ‘Would you want to return again to my resort room so we are able to take a look at rocket movies’.
“We did go to his resort room and he did simply present me rocket movies.”
The St Trinian’s star, 22 on the time, says she had little life expertise aside from “college and a little bit of performing,” however after their temporary time within the UK, she was eager to see him once more
After a whirlwind romance of simply 10 days, he informed her: ‘I do not need you to go house. I need to marry you’ and she or he stated sure.
“My father informed my mom on the finish of their first date that he was going to marry her and so I feel I used to be primed to assume that, after ten days, that’s what would occur. That’s what love is,” she says.
“I moved straight into the home with the youngsters and it turned a really actual factor instantly.”
In uncommon house footage, the couple are seen coping with a meltdown from one in every of Elon’s younger sons in very other ways.
After having a toy taken from him by his brother, the boy sobs hysterically as Elon calmly causes: “Statistically, with 5 children, one in every of them goes to be sad at any given level.”
In contrast, Talulah cuddles the crying boy and challenges his brother, asking him to present again the toy.
Talulah additionally revealed Musk had “evening terrors” as his SpaceX rocket launched failed thrice and his first Tesla mannequin, the Roadster, was beset with countless issues, resulting in chapter fears.
“He’d be quick asleep after which immediately he’d be screaming in his sleep, clambering to climb up one thing, like he was attempting to flee,” she says.
“He gave me an out. He stated ‘that is going to be the arduous half and also you don’t have to remain for it’.”
On the depth of the monetary disaster, Tesla was pressured to put off a fifth of its workers however Musk managed to show his fortunes round by investing an extra £36million, from his personal funds and loans from buddies.
Talulah wed Musk in Scotland’s Dornoch Cathedral, in 2010, however they divorced two years later earlier than remarrying, in 2013.
“I feel we obtained again collectively on the divorce submitting,” she later stated.
A yr later, Musk filed for divorce once more, earlier than withdrawing the petition. The pair lastly cut up in 2016.
“We took a while aside for a number of months to see if absence makes the center develop fonder, and sadly, it didn’t,” Musk stated on the time.
“I nonetheless love her, however I’m not in love along with her. And I can’t actually give her what she desires.”
After relationship Amber Heard, he moved on to a relationship with Canadian singer Grimes, with whom he shares two-year-old son X AE A-XII and daughter Exa Darkish Sideræl Musk (nicknamed “Y”), born in December via surrogacy.
Courtroom paperwork not too long ago unveiled by Insider additionally revealed he has twins with colleague Shivon Zilis, who have been born a month earlier than Y.
In contrast to first spouse Justine, Talulah – who’s now relationship actor Thomas Thomas Brodie-Sangster – stays near her ex-husband, saying they share a “very deep love and connection.”
“He is an ideal pal. He appears out for me,” she says. “We’re in a contented place now, the place we’re good to one another, which is very nice. I’ve the utmost love for him.”
The Elon Musk Present airs on BBC2 on Wednesday at 9pm