Elon Musk’s Ex-Wife, Justine Wilson, Thinks Talulah Riley Was ‘Better Fitted’ For Musk Than She Was

Elon Musk is all over the news lately. From Tesla’s stocks sinking to a new baby, we’re wondering what the SpaceX founder is going to get into next. For now, it’s his personal life that’s on full display, as he and famous musician Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, just brought a newborn into the world.

Prior to Grimes, Musk had a number of high-profile marriages and divorces. He was with his first wife, Justine Wilson, for nearly a decade, and they had five sons together. Wilson has also commented on what she thinks of Talulah Riley, Musk’s second wife whom he married twice. And she believes Riley was a much better fit than she ever was.

Justine Wilson said she ‘turned into a trophy wife’ while married to Elon Musk

Elon Musk, Founder and Chief Engineer of SpaceX, attends the Satellite 2020 Conference
Elon Musk, Founder and Chief Engineer of SpaceX, attends the Satellite 2020 Conference | Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Musk might be with Grimes now, but it’s Wilson who spoke out the most regarding her marriage to Musk. According to Wilson, she met Musk while she was at a University in Canada — and while she didn’t initially have interest in him, he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Eventually, they developed a close bond and married in January 2000. But after having children and settling down, Wilson noted she had become a “trophy wife” she never wanted to be.

“It was a dream lifestyle, privileged and surreal. But the whirlwind of glitter couldn’t disguise a growing void at the core,” Wilson wrote for Marie Claire. “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.”

After marriage counseling, the couple knew they couldn’t make their marriage work. “One month and three sessions later, he gave me an ultimatum: Either we fix this marriage today or I will divorce you tomorrow, by which I understood he meant, Our status quo works for me, so it should work for you,” she wrote. “He filed for divorce the next morning. I felt numb, but strangely relieved.”

Musk married Talulah Riley twice after divorcing Wilson

Actress Talulah Riley (L) and Elon Musk arrive to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Actress Talulah Riley (L) and Elon Musk arrive at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party | C Flanigan/WireImage

Wilson wrote in her Marie Claire piece that just six weeks after her divorce, Musk texted her to tell her he was engaged to actress Talulah Riley. There was plenty of speculation that Musk may have been seeing Riley before his divorce, though he’s adamantly claimed that’s not the case.

Musk met Riley shortly after his divorce while he was in a bar on a business trip to London. “I remember thinking that this guy probably didn’t get to talk to young actresses a lot and that he seemed quite nervous,” Riley said of her first interaction with Musk, according to Business Insider. “I decided to be really nice to him and give him a nice evening. Little did I know that he’d spoken to a lot of pretty girls in his life.”

Musk and Riley married in 2010, but they divorced just two years later. Musk “simply fell out of love” with Riley at first, though they later reconciled and remarried in 2013. They couldn’t make their second marriage work either, though, as they divorced for good in 2016.

Wilson thinks Riley was better suited for Musk

Elon Musk and wife Talulah Riley arrive to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Elon Musk and wife Talulah Riley arrive at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party | Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP via Getty Images

Wilson noted in her Marie Claire piece that she spoke to Riley. While many would expect the two to hate each other, they appeared to get along. And Wilson even admitted that she thought Riley was way better suited for Musk than she ever was.

“Throughout the divorce proceedings, his fiancée and I discovered we liked each other. People were puzzled that I didn’t want to poke chopsticks in her eyeballs,” Wilson wrote. “She is, by all accounts, a lovely, bright, and very young person, and better fitted to my ex-husband’s lifestyle and personality than I ever was.”

Today, Wilson remains estranged from Musk, and it seems she deals with co-parenting through his assistant. Riley, however, has a different relationship with her ex-husband. They still appear to get along and have good things to say about each other. As for Grimes, we’re not sure if wedding bells are in her future with Musk. We’ll have to wait and see!

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