Talulah Riley asked her ex-husband Elon Musk to ‘buy Twitter then delete it’, saying it had become a ‘scourge of modern life’ and bowing to join him in the fight against ‘wokeism’, texts have revealed.
Riley, who was married twice to the billionaire, was among a group of celebrities who contacted Musk in April after he announced plans to buy the company.
The texts were revealed in recently filed court documents that were part of Musk’s legal battle with Twitter.
On Tuesday, he proposed to buy the company again for D77 $44billion after trying unsuccessfully to back out of the deal.
Riley wrote: ‘Can you buy Twitter and then delete it, please!?
America is going insane.
‘Or can you buy Twitter and make it radically free=speech? So much stupidity comes from Twitter.’
Musk replied: ‘Maybe buy it and change it to properly support free speech.’
Talulah Riley has revealed the chat-up line that Elon Musk first used to get her to stay in his hotel room
Elon Musk’s texts with his ex-wife, Talulah Riley.
She begged him to buy the site in April, and said she would do ‘anything to help fight wokeism’
Talulah, who was saved in his phone as TJ, responded: ‘I honestly think social media is the scourge of modern life, and the worst of all is Twitter because it’s also a news stream as well as a social platform and so has more real-world standing than TikTok etc.
‘But it’s very easy to exploit and is being used by radicals for social engineering on a massive scale. Andf this s**t is infecting the world.
Please do something to fight woke-ism.
‘I will do anything to help! xx
The St Trinian’s star, 37, married Musk in 2010 after a whirlwind ten-day romance but they divorced two years later, before they remarried in 2013.
The billionaire filed for divorce in 2014, then withdrew it.
Two years later, Riley filed for a divorce which was finalised later that year.
The couple met at London nightclub Whisky Mist and Musk wooed her by talking about rockets.
Riley said of their first meeting in the new BBC documentary: ‘My first impressions were that he was very sweet, he seemed quite shy.
‘He said «may I put my hand on your knee» and I said, «OK go on then», I thought it was quite sweet that he asked.’
She continued: ‘He said I don’t usually do this but I’d love to see you tomorrow can we meet for breakfast.
So we had breakfast.
‘And at the end of breakfast he said would you come and have lunch with me so we went for lunch. And then he said would you come for dinner.
‘And then one evening I remember he said would you like to come back to my hotel room so we can look at rocket videos.
‘And I thought, hmm okay I’ll come back.
‘And we did get into his hotel room and he did just show me rocket videos.’
The first episode of the documentary will air on October 12 in the UK on BBC 2.
The actress, who started dating the Tesla billionaire in 2008, opened up about their turbulent relationship (pictured with his children Griffin and Xavier
Musk’s twins Griffin and Xavier he shares with his first wife Justine Wilson are pictured with Elon and his second wife, Talulah, in 2010
Riley is now dating Love Actually star Thomas Brodie-Sangster after meeting on the set of Disney’s Pistol.
At the time of their second split, Elon said: ‘We took some time apart for several months to see if absence makes the heart grow fonder, and unfortunately it did not.’
Musk has had a long list of glamorous wives and girlfriends and last year, split from long-time on and off partner Canadian singer Grimes, with whom he shares two children X Æ A-Xii and Exa Dark Sideræl, who goes by Y.
The news of the split was only revealed in March 2022 when an interview Grimes had given to Vanity Fair before their break up was published.
She had told the outlet she ‘would probably refer to Elon as her boyfriend’ but after publication took to Twitter to reveal that they had since broken up.
And after his second split from Riley, he was briefly linked to Amber Heard after she split from Johnny Depp in 2017.
Previously, he was married to his first wife Justine Wilson, now 50, after meeting while they were both attending Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and they tied the knot in 2000.
The world’s richest man also shares two children, X Æ A-Xii and Exa Dark Sideræl, who goes by Y, with Canadian singer Grimes (pictured together in May 2018)
Elon Musk shares Xavier with his first wife, Canadian author Justine Wilson, (pictured together) as well as four other children including Xavier’s twin Griffin and 16-year-old triplets Damian, Kai and Saxon
Talulah first tied the knot with the Tesla architect in 2010.
However, their first marriage ended in 2012, when she reportedly walked away with $16 million as part of a divorce settlement.
‘It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever. You will make someone very happy one day,’ he tweeted at the time.
By the following summer, they had remarried. But then, in December 2014, she filed for divorce a second time, only to withdraw her lawsuit the following year.
In March 2016, Talulah requested a divorce a third time, and the pair split for good; the couple did not have any children together.
Musk told at the time, ‘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.’
He also called her ‘a great woman’ and said he will ‘always be friends’ with her.
At the time, he said he had no interest in marrying again for a while, adding, ‘I think it would be extremely unwise for me to jump into a third marriage without spending considerable time figuring out if the third one will work.
‘It was never my intention to have a short marriage.
Essentially I’d want to be super sure before getting married again, but I certainly would love to be in a relationship. For sure.’
Why the world is all aflutter about Elon Musk’s love life: How multi-billionaire revealed he’s fathered TEN children after having twins with an executive at one of his companies AND ditched his $44bn deal to buy social media giant Twitter
By Tom Leonard in New York for the Daily Mail in July
, the world’s richest person, is pulling out of his $44 billion (£36.7 billion) bid to buy the social media giant: a huge blow to the financially struggling company that it has promised to fight.
Several of his tweets have been about one of his favourite hobby horses, the world’s declining population.
‘Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis,’ he intoned.
‘A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilisation faces by far.’
He added: ‘I hope you have big families and congrats to those who already do!’
The 51-year-old Tesla tycoon is famously enigmatic — but, on this occasion, it wasn’t hard to work out what he meant.
It has now emerged that, last November, he quietly welcomed twins with a senior executive at one of his companies.
Furthermore, they arrived just a few weeks before Musk had a second child via surrogate with his on-off girlfriend Claire Boucher, alias Canadian pop star Grimes.
Musk is pictured with first wife Justine.
The couple had six children together before an icy split
It has now emerged that Musk welcomed twins in November with executive Shivon Zilis, 36
No wonder then the maverick businessman would boast about his baby-production record — to date he has fathered at least ten children.
Last December, he solemnly told a business conference that people needed to start breeding like rabbits if civilisation wasn’t to be doomed to extinction.
‘There are not enough people,’ he declared.
‘If people don’t have more children, civilisation is going to crumble — mark my words.’
Musk poses on a red carpet in 2012 with actress Talulah Riley.
The couple had two children together — and were married twice
His interviewer asked him if that explained why he had so many children himself. ‘I try to set a good example,’ he quipped. ‘I like to practice what I preach.’
Grimes has described their relationship, in which they live separately but ‘see each other all the time’, as ‘very fluid’.
South African born Musk is a man of contradictions and one of the most glaring is how such a relentlessly successful businessman and innovator can have such a jaw-droppingly outlandish private life.
According to court papers obtained by the news website Insider, he had the two most recent children with Shivon Zilis, 36, director of operations and special projects at Neuralink, a dystopian-sounding Musk-owned company that develops implants to connect human brains directly to computers.
Insider deleted the twins’ first names to protect their privacy but history suggests they may be a little exotic.
Musk’s two children with Grimes — who appears to be even more eccentric — are two-year-old son X Æ A-Xii (pronounced ‘X-Ash-A-12′) and seven-month-old Exa Dark Sideræl. They are known as X and Y for short.
The latter’s existence was also kept quiet, only to be revealed after a Vanity Fair journalist was interviewing Grimes at home and heard a baby wailing in the house.
Musk met Grimes in 2018 — on Twitter.
He was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence and found she’d made it already.
Two years ago, Grimes announced that she was selling a percentage of her ‘soul’ as part of her first online art show — and explains her daughter’s name has ‘Elven’ roots.
Musk also has five children with his first wife, Canadian author Justine Musk.
A sixth child, their first, died of sudden infant death syndrome aged ten weeks in 2002, prompting them to use in vitro fertilisation. Then Justine gave birth to twins — Vivian and Griffin — in 2004, followed by triplets — Kai, Saxon and Damian — in 2006.
Musk appeared at the 2018 Met Gala with his most recent partner Grimes, who had two kids
While others who have clawed their way up to occupy the top slot in the global fortune stakes, from the priapic oil baron J.
Paul Getty to the nerdy Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, have generally shunned publicity, Elon Musk craves the limelight and has a reputation for a sort of buccaneering insouciance.
Some have been asking when he’ll call time on his reproductive urges but, given he is estimated to be worth about £186 billion, it won’t be because he can’t afford it.
Critics say his compulsion to spread his seed is typically arrogant.
But while other Silicon Valley tycoons swan around in super yachts and sink their fortunes into quack scientific research to try to find how they can live to be 200 years old, Musk — at least —voyages towards horizons that extend far beyond his own vanity and self-indulgence.
His ambitions to colonise Mars and save humanity may seem far-fetched but his reuseable SpaceX rockets have given cash-strapped NASA transport up to the International Space Station.
Musk didn’t invent Tesla cars but, thanks to his business expertise, he has made the company the front-runner in weaning motorists off petrol vehicles.
He’s also fighting global warming by researching how to store renewable energy in batteries.
And in Ukraine, he answered a request from the embattled government and sent hardware allowing the country to connect to Starlink, Musk’s satellite internet communications platform that uses more than 2,000 satellites orbiting Earth to provide internet access.
The Ukrainians say it’s been a godsend, allowing them to do everything from hold Zoom meetings to call in artillery strikes.
If the Russians withdraw support for the International Space Station, Musk says SpaceX could step into the breach.
And his attempts through Neuralink to find a way of connecting our brains directly to computers isn’t just a sci-fi gimmick.
He says it will not only enable paralysed people to use, say, mobile phones but will prevent Artificial Intelligence from one day destroying humanity, as he fears may happen.
And just as he often does what he says, Musk tends to say what he thinks — without much of a filter.
He has been lauded for fighting global warming, reinvigorating space travel, providing Ukraine with a satellite lifeline and promising, until he walked away from the deal, to strengthen free speech on Twitter,.
But Musk has been lambasted for calling a British cave diver trying to save trapped Thai children a ‘pedo guy’, for rejecting the most basic Covid precautions, for getting into silly name-calling spats with fellow billionaires and for shamelessly cosying up to the Chinese Communist Party.
Now some say that in starting a romance with a corporate underling he may have fallen foul of the U.S.’s strict codes on workplace relationships.