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Canadian author who’s tech billionaire ex-hubby lured with ice cream



Justine Musk is a name that resonates with the literary world. Born in the picturesque town of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Musk’s early years in this charming Canadian setting were but the first chapters in a remarkable story.

This piece explores Justine Musk’s fascinating journey and her relationship with Elon Musk, the world’s richest man.

Justine Musk biography

Justine Musk smile

Jennifer Justine Musk (nee Wilson) came into existence on September 2, 1972, in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Her quest for knowledge led her to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she attained a degree in English Literature. Subsequently, she journeyed to Japan, where she imparted her expertise in teaching the English language, and also had a sojourn in Australia.

She is the first spouse (now ex-wife) of the billionaire industrialist Elon Musk, who serves as the founder, CEO and chief designer of SpaceX, co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., and owner of X (formerly Twitter).

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Justine Musk career

Justine Musk walking her dog

Musk eventually settled in California, United States of America. With a deep-rooted aspiration to become an author, she penned the initial version of ‘BloodAngel’ during her time at Queen’s University. This dark urban fantasy novel was published by Roc Books in 2005 and it received favourable reviews. In 2007, her second literary creation, ‘Uninvited,’ a paranormal fantasy tale chronicling the life-changing journey of Kelly Ruland following a fateful car accident, was published by MTV Books.

In 2008, Musk unveiled the second instalment of the BloodAngel series, titled: ‘Lord of Bones’. This sequel warmly welcomed back all the cherished characters from the first book and was well-received by readers.

Furthermore, she authored a short story, titled: I Need You More, and contributed her imaginative stories to collections like The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2: Love Bites (2009) and Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love (2010).

Justine Musk books

Here are some of the books Musk has authored.

  • ‘BloodAngel’ – A dark urban fantasy novel published in 2005 by Roc Books.
  • ‘Uninvited’ – A paranormal fantasy novel published in 2007, which narrates the story of Kelly Ruland.
  • ‘Lord of Bones’ – The second instalment of the BloodAngel series, published in 2008.
  • ‘I Need You More’ – A short story authored by Justine.
  • Contributions to anthologies including ‘The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2: Love Bites’ (2009) and ‘Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love’ (2010).

Justine Musk’s net worth

Justine Musk at her home

Musk’s net worth remains unknown as of the time of writing this piece.

Justine Musk family

There is limited information about her family. However, she is known to be the ex-wife of business Mogul, Elon Musk.

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Elon Musk

Elon Reeve Musk, born on June 28, 1971, is a prominent business magnate and investor. His diverse roles and ventures include:

  • Founder, Chairman, CEO, and Chief Technology Officer of SpaceX.
  • Angel investor, CEO, product architect, and former chairman of Tesla, Inc.
  • Owner, Chairman, and Chief Technology Officer of X Corp.
  • Founder of the Boring Company.
  • Co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI.
  • President of the Musk Foundation.
  • Owner of X (formerly known as Twitter).

As of October 2023, Elon Musk is the wealthiest individual globally. His wealth is primarily attributed to his ownership stakes in Tesla and SpaceX.

In 2022, he acquired Twitter for $44 billion and later merged the company into the newly created X Corp., rebranding the service as X in 2023. Also in 2023, he founded xAI, an artificial intelligence company.

Musk’s public statements and actions have made him a polarising figure. He has faced criticism for making unscientific and misleading statements, including spreading COVID-19 misinformation and promoting conspiracy theories.

Also, his ownership of  X (formerly Twitter) has been controversial, marked by layoffs, an increase in hate speech on the platform, and changes to the platform’s verification system.

Justine Musk and Elon Musk

Elon Musk/Justine Musk

Justine Musk crossed paths with her future spouse, Elon Musk, during their time as students at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.

In a 2010 essay published in Marie Claire, Justine recollected their initial encounter during her first year at university.

“A fellow student, one year ahead of me, he was a well-groomed, upper-class young man with a South African accent who approached me one afternoon as I was ascending the steps to my dorm. He claimed we’d met at a party I was certain I hadn’t attended. (Years later, he confessed that he had spotted me from across the common room and decided he wanted to meet me.), she wrote.”

Initially, she declined Elon Musk’s invitation when he asked her out. Elon Musk eventually transferred to the University of Pennsylvania after two years and graduated in 1995, but their relationship did not immediately take off. Justine initially turned him down.

“He invited me for ice cream. I agreed, but then stood him up with a note on my dorm-room door,” she recounted in her essay. “Several hours later, while I was studying my Spanish text in a stuffy room in the student centre, I heard a polite cough behind me. Elon was there, smiling awkwardly, with two melting chocolate-chip ice cream cones in his hands. He’s not the type to accept ‘no’ for an answer.”

Elon Musk persisted in his pursuit, even sending Justine roses after he had transferred to the University of Pennsylvania. During one of his visits back to Canada, she eventually agreed to have dinner with him.

However, after graduation, their paths diverged. Justine earned a degree in English literature and went to Japan to teach English as a second language (ESL). She returned to Canada after a year and began bartending and working on her novel.

As she recounted in Marie Claire, Justine told her sister that if Elon Musk reached out to her again, she would reconsider their relationship. The tech entrepreneur called her a week later and they reconnected. Justine then moved to California to be with her lover.

Two years after tying the knot, Justine and Elon Musk welcomed their first child, Nevada Alexander, in 2002. Shortly after his birth, he succumbed to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

“Nevada went down for a nap, placed on his back as always, and stopped breathing,” she wrote in her Marie Claire essay. “By the time the paramedics resuscitated him, he had been deprived of oxygen for so long that he was brain-dead.”

“He spent three days on life support in a hospital in Orange County before we made the decision to take him off it. I held him in my arms when he died,” she continued.

In November 2022, Elon Musk tweeted about their son’s death in response to inquiries about not allowing Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back on Twitter. “My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat,” he wrote. “I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics, or fame.”

However, Justine Musk refuted her ex-husband’s claim in her post a few days later, stating: “A SIDS-related incident that put him on life support. He was declared brain-dead. And not that it matters to anyone except me, because it is one of the most sacred and defining moments of my life, but I was the one who was holding him.”

In her Marie Claire essay, Justine revealed her desire to cope with the loss of her son by trying to get pregnant again soon after. “I buried my feelings… dealing with Nevada’s death by making my first visit to an IVF clinic less than two months later. Elon and I planned to get pregnant again as swiftly as possible. Within the next five years, I gave birth to twins, then triplets,” she wrote.

She shares five children with Elon.

After what Justine Musk described as a “wake-up call” car accident, she came to the realisation that a change was needed in her relationship. While Elon Musk initially agreed to undergo counselling, this attempt at reconciliation was short-lived.

“Just one month and three sessions later, he issued an ultimatum: Either we mend this marriage today or I’ll file for divorce tomorrow, which I understood as, ‘Our current situation suits me, and it should suit you too.’

“He filed for divorce the following morning. I felt numb, yet strangely relieved,” she revealed in her essay.

In a 2010 op-ed for Business Insider, titled: “Correcting The Record About My Divorce,” the SpaceX founder explained how he was co-parenting with his ex-wife two years after their separation:

“Custody of our five children is split evenly. Almost all of my non-work waking hours are spent with my [children], and they are the love of my life,” Elon Musk wrote.

Following Elon and Justine Musk’s separation, something “unexpected” occurred, according to Justine in her Marie Claire essay.

“Throughout the divorce proceedings, his fiancée (actress Talulah Riley) and I found that we liked each other,” she wrote. “She is, by all accounts, a lovely, bright and very young person, better suited to my ex-husband’s lifestyle and personality than I ever was.”

In her essay, Justine Musk expressed that despite being “estranged” from Elon Musk, she does not regret their marriage or their divorce.

“I’ve worked through some anger, both at Elon for making me feel so disposable, and at myself for buying into a fairy tale when I should have known better,” she wrote.

Justine Musk age

Musk was born on September 2, 1972. She is 51 years old as of 2023.

Justine Musk now

There is no recent information about happenings around Justine Musk.

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