Elon Musk’s adultery is almost as messy as his business dealings.
With nine children, two ex-wives and many other loves, the 51-year-old left a trail of heartbreak.
His latest affair with the wife of Google founder Sergey Brin has scandalized Silicon Valley.
Now, DailyMail.com looks back at the eccentric billionaire’s complicated love life.
Nicole Shanahan: December 2021
The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that Musk and Shanahan’s husband, Sergey Brin, had a ‘brief’ relationship in December last year before filing for divorce.
This brought a bitter end to Musk’s friendship with the Google co-founder, who is now said to be selling all of his interests in Musk’s various companies.
Last photo together: Sergey Brin and his wife Nicole Shanahan in September last year, two months before they split
Brin and Musk have been friends for years. In 2008, he gave Musk $500,000 in funding for Tesla when nobody was at the peak of the financial crisis.
Brin cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed for divorce in January.
She told Puck at the time: “I expect Sergey and I to move forward with dignity, honesty and harmony for the sake of our child.
‘And we’re both working towards that.’
First wife Justin Musk: 2000-2008
Elon Musk with his first wife Justine
Musk met his first wife, Justine Wilson, while the pair were studying together in Ontario.
They tied the knot in 2000, moved to Los Angeles and welcomed their first son — Nevada — who died at 10 weeks old from SIDS.
They had twins and then triplets together. Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Saxon and Kai.
She told a Marie Claire article how she considered herself to be his ‘starter wife’.
After eight years of marriage and five children, they divorced in 2008.
They were dating in the late 1990s when he made his first million with Zip2.com, an internet company that earned him $20 million.
While they were dating and engaged he founded X.com – which later became PayPal.
When they divorced in 2008, they had a postnuptial agreement in place. It is unclear what he received in the way of a settlement.
She wrote in her Marie Claire essay that Elon had made her ‘disposable’.
Talulah Riley: 2010-2016
Musk married British actress Talulah Riley within weeks of meeting her after divorcing Justin.
The couple married in 2010, then divorced in 2012.
Talulah Riley, his second wife (whom he married twice) and their twin sons Griffin, left, and Xavier, right, with Musk in 2010
They remarried in 2013 and Musk filed for divorce but withdrew the following year. Finally, Talulah filed for divorce in 2016.
They always speak highly of each other in public and say they are on great terms.
Talulah said in a recent interview that they continue to ‘take care of each other’.
Amber Heard: 2017-2018
Musk went public with Amber Heard the following year after her acrimonious divorce from Johnny Depp.
While their relationship was short-lived (they broke up after a year), they continued to remain friends.
Musk has honored Amber’s promised payment to the ACLU, saying she will pay using her divorce settlement from Depp.
Elon Musk with Amber Heard
She promised to give the full $7 million to charities but revealed during questioning that she was unable to, and that Musk made some payments in her name.
Heard’s embarrassing court battle with Depp dragged on for months during a trial in Virginia earlier this year.
Musk stayed out of it and, unlike Johnny’s ex Kate Moss, was not called to the stand to testify.
He tweeted at the end of the trial that he hoped they would both ‘move on’.
‘At their best, they’re both amazing,’ he said.
After Heard, Musk moved on with singer Grimes, debuting as a couple at the 2018 Met Gala.
They welcomed a son in May 2020 and named him X Æ A-Xii.
By September 2021, the couple broke up. Musk told Page Six that they are still on ‘great terms’.
Musk, left, with his ex-girlfriend Grimes. They have two children together – a son, X Æ A-Xii (right with Kasturi) and a daughter, Y, whom they welcomed in December.
In December 2021, Grimes shocked the world by announcing that the couple had welcomed another child – a daughter they had via surrogate.
The child’s name is Exa Dark Sideræl but they refer to her as ‘Y’. Now they say their relationship is ‘fluid’.
Natasha Bassett – February 2022
Musk was first photographed with Australian actress Natasha Bassett in May this year.
The pair were spotted having a romantic lunch in the south of France while both in town for a movie premiere and wedding.
Elon Musk with his 27-year-old girlfriend Natasha Bassett in the south of France in May.
He didn’t have her as a guest at the wedding of Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel and designer Sarah Staudinger, but the pair were spotted laughing, eating and drinking on their date that same weekend.
Bassett, 27, reportedly took Musk’s mother Mei as her date to the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Bassett moved to America from Australia when she was 19. She first worked in New York and then moved to L.A. It’s not clear how she and Musk met.
Shivan Gillis, 2021
Born in Ontario, Canada, Zillis met Musk through OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research and deployment nonprofit founded in 2015.
Zillis, who was born in Ontario, Canada, met Musk in 2015 through the artificial-intelligence research-and-deployment nonprofit OpenAI.
She studied economics and philosophy at Yale where she also played goalie on the women’s ice-hockey team.
In 2015, Gillis was ranked in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Venture Capital category and in 2017, she got the chance to use her AI expertise at Tesla.
Just last year, Gilles posted a nod to Prince Harry’s Silicon Valley startup with a throwback photo of the two of them from 2013 when he was asked to brief her on tech startups.
Gillis is currently director of operations and special projects for Musk’s brain-machine interface company Neuralink.
Laughing: Musk hit the headlines earlier this month about his multiple children by joking that he was helping the ‘underpopulation crisis’.
The company claims that it has succeeded in implanting the company’s chips into the brains of monkeys, claiming that the primates are now able to play pong, CNN reported.
Since then, the company has had to address concerns about its testing practices as it denied allegations of animal cruelty despite confirming earlier this year that monkeys had died as part of its tests.
And now for the mini Musks!
Kasturi today has nine children ranging in age from 18 to a few months.
Unfortunately, her first child, Nevada, died in 2002 before her first birthday. It was a case of SIDS, an obscure but frighteningly common syndrome that causes infants to die in their sleep.
Nevada was Elon’s first child with his first wife Justine.
Twins Griffin and Vivian (nee Xavier), 18
Musk’s 18-year-old twins, Griffin and Vivian, are understood to live with their mother Justine in California.
Earlier this year, Vivian filed legal papers requesting that her name be changed and legally considered female.
Shown above is Javier, who changed his name and gender to Vivian. This photo was taken in 2017 at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland, Australia when she was 12 years old.
She was born male like her twin brother.
In the filing, she emphatically asked to be separated from her father and her last name.
After the filing was made public, Justin tweeted that she was ‘proud’ of her ‘baby’.
Triplets Kai, Damian and Saxon, 16
Kai, Damian and Saxon were born in 2006 to Musk and his first wife, Justine. They are now 16 years old and are showing promise of following in their father’s scientific footsteps.
Damian is an alumnus of Wolfram Summer Camp, an intensive summer program in California.
Kasturi and Grimes are pictured with officers and, far right, their teenage sons. Musk – with his ex-wife Justine Wilson and one-year-old son X Æ – is father to 17-year-old twin sons, Griffin and Xavier, and 15-year-old triplets, Kai, Saxon and Damian. A-12, with Grimes
In a statement about his efforts at the camp last year, the school said: ‘Damien Musk is an aspiring physicist currently doing computational and theoretical research work in quantum gravity and quantum information theory at Caltech and Fermilab.
‘Equally passionate about storytelling and musical performance and composition, Damian explores the interplay between music and science, hoping to bring a scientific sensibility to his art and an artistic sensibility to his research.’
X Æ A-12, two, and Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, eight months
Musk’s two children with Grimes are under the age of three and have equally shocking names.
Their son, X, was born in 2020 and has since made fun appearances at his father’s business shows.
She notes that her son is ‘out of it’ because Elon has been ‘bringing him into everything’, but she doesn’t want to give her daughter the same attention. Elon and X are pictured in December 2021
Grimes took him to term.
Their daughter, Axa Dark Sidereal, was born via a surrogate in December.
He was born in March this year. The couple calls her ‘Y’ for short.
Twins with Shivonne Gillis
Musk welcomed twins with Shivonne Gillis in November last year. Their names are unknown, and they didn’t even exist until earlier this year when a court in August released them.
In her filing, Gillis asked that the children be given their father’s last name and her last name as their middle name.
Their births were reported by Insider, who did not name the babies to protect their privacy.