Elon Musk Divorce: Announces Split From Talulah Riley On Twitter
Elon Musk announced via Twitter Wednesday that he and his wife, British actress Talulah Riley, are splitting after just over one year of marriage.
The SpaceX founder, who has also co-founded PayPal and Tesla, told Forbes Thursday that Riley moved out of their Bel Air home six months ago: "We took some time apart for several months to see if absence makes the heart grow fonder, and unfortunately it did not. I still love her, but I'm not in love with her. And I can't really give her what she wants."
Despite their split, Musk said that the two would "always be friends."
Musk originally met the "Pride and Prejudice" and "St Trinian's" star (who is thirteen years his junior) in July 2008 at a nightclub in London. He reportedly proposed to Riley just weeks after he filed for divorce from his first wife, sci-fi novelist Justine Musk, with whom he has five children. Musk and Riley wed in September 2010.
It's unclear if Musk, who's worth an estimated $672 million, and Riley have a prenup.
Musk has been quick to speak out about the split this time around, perhaps in an attempt to avoid what happened with his last divorce. His 2008 split from Justine Musk was a messy and high-profile affair, with his ex-wife blogging and speaking publicly about their divorce -- even challenging the validity of their post-nuptial agreement.
Musk responded to those allegations on The Huffington Post in July 2010, writing, "Given the choice, I'd rather stick a fork in my hand than write about my personal life. Unfortunately, it seems that I don't have any other option. Several awful things have been widely reported that are simply false, but a falsehood uncorrected may as well be truth."
WATCH what Musk's ex-wife said about their 2008 divorce: