Inside the turbulent personal life of Elon Musk, who's been divorced 3 times, dated Hollywood stars, and now co-parents two babies with the musician Grimes

Grimes, left, and Elon Musk attend the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in May 2018. Charles Sykes/AP
Elon Musk has had a headline-grabbing personal life over the years.
He has seven children, has been divorced three times, and is in a "fluent" relationship with Grimes.
Here's a closer look at Musk's famous family and high-profile relationships.
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Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1971, the eldest of three children. His mother, Maye Musk, is a Canadian model who appeared on the cover of Time and became a CoverGirl spokeswoman at 69. His father Errol is an engineer.
Elon Musk in 1999.AP
Source: Vanity Fair, Town and Country, Vogue, Forbes
Musk told Rolling Stone that he's struggled with loneliness since childhood. "There's one thing I said when I was a kid," Musk said. "'I never want to be alone.'"
Elon Musk.REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Source: Rolling Stone, Insiders
Overall, Musk's childhood was anything but idyllic. He was ruthlessly bullied at school and even ended up in the hospital after his bullies pushed him down a flight of stairs. Shortly after his parents' split, around 1979, Musk moved in with his father, Errol — Musk told Rolling Stone that they're now estranged.
Errol Musk. Denver Post photo by Cyrus McCrimmon
Source: Insider, Rolling Stone
Musk is apparently still close to his brother Kimbal and sister Tosca. All Musk siblings seem to share an entrepreneurial streak: Kimbal tries to make the food industry more sustainable and healthier, while Tosca launched the romance film network Passionflix.
Kimbal Musk, Elon's brother.Fred Prouser/Reuters
Source: CNBC, CNBC, Forbes, CNBC
Musk also seems to have a good relationship with his mother. Vanity Fair reported that he gifted Maye a green Tesla and she moved to California in 2013 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Maye Musk. Danny Moloshok/Reuters
Source: Vanity Fair
He met his first wife, Justine Wilson, at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. Writing in Marie Claire, she recalled Musk taking her out for ice cream. She decided to stay home to study, but he showed up with "two chocolate ice cream cones dripping from his hands."
Justine Musk. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Source: Marie Claire
Musk transferred to Wharton but continued to send roses to Justine. They went their separate ways but got back together when Musk started working on his first startup and Justine began working on her first novel after graduation. Justine said Musk courted her by giving her his credit card to buy as many books as she wanted. The couple married in 2000.
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Charles Mostoller/Reuters
Source: Marie Claire
The couple moved to Los Angeles and had a son named Nevada, whom they lost to SIDS. They eventually had twins and triplets—five children in all. In 2010, Musk called his children "the love of my life."
Elon Musk, Talulah Riley and two of his children.AP
Source: insider, insider, insider
The couple split in 2008. Following his divorce, the tech mogul began dating actress Talulah Riley.
Elon Musk and Talulah Riley. Mike Blake/Reuters
Source: Bloomberg
While Musk and his first wife grew estranged, Justine wrote in Marie Claire that she and Riley ended up hitting it off. She even emailed her ex-husband's friend: "I'd rather act out the French film version of things, where the two women become friends and reflect on different philosophies."
Talulah Riley. Jordan Strauss/AP Images
Source: Marie Claire
Riley and Musk married in 2010. Two years later, news of their divorce broke when Musk tweeted Riley, "It's been an amazing four years. I will love you forever. You're going to make someone very happy one day."
Elon Musk and Talulah Riley. Mike Blake/Reuters
Source: Forbes
The couple remarried in 2013. Musk filed for a second divorce the following year — and then withdrew it.
Elon Musk and Talulah Riley. Evan Agostini/AP Images
Source: POPSugar
In 2016, Riley filed for divorce from Musk, which was finalized in late 2016. However, the two still get along well — Riley even made an appearance on Strauss' Rolling Stone profile of Musk. "We still see each other all the time and we care about each other," she told People.
Elon Musk and Talulah Riley. Mike Blake/Reuters
Source: Rolling Stone, People
Musk began dating actress Amber Heard in 2016 but split a year later due to their busy schedules.
Amber Heard. Getty Images
Source: The Cut, Rolling Stone
In a comment on one of Heard's Instagram posts, Musk said he and his ex are "still friends, staying close and loving each other," adding, "Who knows what the future holds." He later told Rolling Stone: "I was really in love and it hurt a lot."
Elon Musk. Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters
Source: Rolling Stone, The Cut
In May 2018, Musk attended the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art alongside Grimes, a Canadian musician. At the time, Page Six reported that the couple had been "quietly together" for a few weeks.
Musk and Grimes in 2018. Evan Agostini/AP
Source: Page Six
Grimes and Musk met on Twitter. Musk was about to make a joke about artificial intelligence - specifically the Rococo Basilisk character in her Flesh Without Blood video - and found that she had beaten him to it.
Elon Musk. REUTERS/Steve Nesius
Source: Twitter
Musk later told The Wall Street Journal that he loves Grimes because of her "wild artistic creativity and hyper-intense work ethic."
Grimes. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Roc Nation
Source: The Wall Street Journal
In January 2020, Grimes posted a photo to her Instagram and Twitter accounts that appeared to show her pregnant. She later confirmed that she was expecting a baby with Musk.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Source: Instagram, Insiders
On May 4, 2020, Musk announced the birth of their son, whom he and Grimes named "X Æ A-Xii Musk," apparently pronounced "X Ash A-12." "Mom & baby all good," Musk wrote on Twitter.
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for the Huffington Post
Source: Insider, Insider
In December of this year, Musk said he had moved to Texas after a months-long battle with the state of California over coronavirus lockdown restrictions. It appeared that Grimes and Baby X had moved with him, and in March he shared a family photo taken near SpaceX's facilities in south Texas.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 8, 2021
Source: Insider, Insider
But in September 2021, Musk told Page Six that he and Grimes had split. "It's mostly like my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be mostly in Texas or traveling abroad and their work is mostly in LA," Musk said at the time.
Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images
Source: Insiders
In March 2022, Grimes revealed in a Vanity Fair interview that the couple secretly had a baby girl named Exa Dark Sideræl Musk as a surrogate.
Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Roc Nation
Source: Insiders
Grimes said "Exa" is a nod to the supercomputing term exaflops, "Dark" refers to the unknown, and "Sideræl" is an "elvish" spelling of sidereal, meaning "the true time of the universe," pronounced "sigh." - deer". -ee-el." Grimes and Musk call her Y for short.
Mike Windle/Getty Images for Coachella
Source: Insiders
Grimes told Vanity Fair that she and Musk aren't back together, but their relationship is "very fluid" and they plan to have more children together.
Elon Musk and GrimesPascal Le Segretiain/Getty Images, left, and Emma McIntyre/Getty Images
Source: Insiders
In April, Musk's 18-year-old transgender daughter applied to have her name changed legally to confirm her gender identity and distance herself from Musk. In the filing she wrote that she no longer wanted to live with my biological father or be related in any way, shape or form.
Elon Musk. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Source: Insiders
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