If You Were My Employee, I’d Fire You, Elon Musk Told His First Wife

If You Were My Employee, I'd Fire You, Elon Musk Told His First Wife

During their difficult divorce proceedings in 2010, Elon Musk’s first wife, Justine Musk, penned an article. The article has received additional attention this week, after the publication of Elon Musk’s biography.

Justine Musk, a novelist and mother of five kids, published an essay for Marie Claire Magazine about their marriage and how it deteriorated. Even on the night they married, she mentioned “warning signs” in her essay.

“As we danced at our wedding reception, Elon told me, ‘I am the alpha in this relationship,’ Ms. Musk wrote. “I shrugged it off, just as I would later shrug off signing the postnuptial agreement, but as time went on, I learned that he was serious. He had grown up in the male-dominated culture of South Africa, and the will to compete and dominate that made him so successful in business did not magically shut off when he came home.

“This, and the vast economic imbalance between us, meant that in the months following our wedding, a certain dynamic began to take hold. Elon’s judgment overruled mine, and he was constantly remarking on the ways he found me lacking. ‘I am your wife,” I told him repeatedly, ‘not your employee.’

“‘If you were my employee,’ he said just as often, ‘I would fire you.'”

The Death of Their First Son Put A Strain On Their Relationship

His ex-wife said in the essay that Mr. Musk pressured her to dye her hair even blonder. The death of their first son, Nevada, to SIDS, put a strain on their relationship. She went on to have twins and triplets.

“Nevada’s death sent me on a years-long inward spiral of depression and distraction that would be continuing today if one of our nannies hadn’t noticed me struggling,” she said in her essay.

In September 2008, the couple divorced. Elon Musk told Page Six that he offered Justine a settlement “equivalent to a pre-tax income of $80 million,” which she turned down, and that he now pays all of their children’s costs plus $20,000 (after taxes) each month. She also brought the family back home in Bel Air.

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