Talulah Riley: how to marry a billionaire
London Evening Standard
Talulah Riley has made her new husband a promise. ‘I’ve told him I’ll retire with him to Mars,’ she says matter-of-factly. ‘If he has colonised it by then.’ She smiles, but she is coolly earnest. She was once a starlet from Hertfordshire, but she now moves in interplanetary circles. Her husband is the internet billionaire turned space entrepreneur Elon Musk, and her future home is an environmentally controlled pod on Mars. Elon will zoom around outside on rockets, while she makes their biosphere cosy. ‘I’d love to get involved with designing habitat systems on Mars â€“ like housekeeping on a grand scale,’ she says dreamily.
Today, we are still earthbound, sitting in the Henri Rousseau-like jungle garden of The Beverly Hills Hotel. Flashing on Talulah’s ring finger is a diamond as big as Lake Victoria. She shows it to me, beaming. It is the third engagement ring Elon has given her. The first was ‘too unwieldy’ (more Matterhorn, less Lake Victoria) so, ‘bless him’, he bought her two others, one for everyday wear, and this one, ‘for bling’. ‘Elon designed it himself. The diamond in the middle symbolises me and him and the sapphires round it are the ten children.’ The ten children? ‘I’ve always wanted ten children.’
Thanks to the wonders of IVF, as practised by Elon and his first wife, Justine Musk, they are already halfway there, with five boys. Justine, a Canadian-born author of sci-fi novels (BloodAngel and Lord of Bones), gave birth to twins Griffin and Xavier, six, and triplets Saxon, Damian and Kai, four. Talulah adores living with them in Bel Air, misses them Monday to Wednesday when they stay with their mother, and would like five girls of her own. ‘When I was a little girl I told everyone I was going to marry a very clever scientist and have ten children. I would always draw the children and they included blond-haired twin boys whom I named Theodore and Frederick, Teddy and Freddy for short. It became a family joke, butâ€¦ Griffin and Xavier are those blond-haired twins.’ She looks down, defeated for a second by the wonder of it all.
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