Elon Musk and English actress Talulah Riley are divorcing for the second time in their long, complicated relationship. The first divorce in January 2012 came with a romantic and loving tweet from the inventor and entrepreneur, yet this time around Elon is far more quiet.
According to People, in January 2012, Elon Musk tweeted his divorce to Talulah, saying “it was an amazing four years. I will love you forever. You will make someone very happy one day.”
Little did he seem to know, that special someone would be him. About 18 months after the tweet, the couple remarried.
But, like the first time, the marriage did not last. On New Year’s Eve, Musk filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The couple had been together for a year, but could not live together for the last five months as Riley was directing her first feature film, Scottish Mussel, in the U.K.
Still, the couple are reporting that they’re splitting amicably, and there are no children from either of Musk and Riley’s marriages.
Market Watch reports that Talulah Riley will receive $16 million and other assets from Musk, based on a prenuptial agreement. That’s about four times more expensive than the first divorce, when Riley received a pittance of $4.2 million from the inventor.
Even at $16 million, the divorce settlement seems light compared to Elon Musk’s holdings, which are valued at $7 billion, down from $8.2 billion because of the declining price of oil.
Musk’s fortune comes from a variety of successful ventures, starting when he co-found PayPal. He then went on to make SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Riley has her own set of achievements from the acting world, including roles in Pride & Prejudice, Inception, and St. Trinians.
Unlike the first divorce that was punctuated with the romantic tweet, this time around, Musk’s account is strictly about business. On the day of his divorce, he posted this on his twitter.
Btw, we are actually working on a charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake. For realz.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 31, 2014
And on January 1, he retweeted this from SpaceX.
2014 included: 6 Falcon 9 launches ✓ Crew Dragon unveiling ✓ Soft landing 1st stage ✓ Here’s to a revolutionary 2015! http://t.co/TiyJlhvUrk
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 1, 2015
It seems that a divorce just isn’t as special the second time. Elon and his former wife say that they will remain friends.
Before Talulah Riley, Musk was married to sci-fi novelist Justine Musk and had five sons.
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