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SpaceX employees say they could tell Elon Musk’s mood by his wife’s hair color



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Musk and ex-wife Talulah Riley.

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  • Elon Musk is known for being moody at times.
  • Some former employees at SpaceX
    told The Wall Street Journal
    they could tell Elon Musk’s
    mood based on the hair color of actress Talulah Riley, when
    they were married.


Elon Musk has earned a reputation for his humor as well as his
outbursts, which are often chronicled in a series of tweets.

But some of his employees learned to look beyond Twitter to gauge
the tech billionaire’s mood.

interviews with The Wall Street Journal
, former employees at
Musk’s company SpaceX said they “tried to anticipate his mood by
following the news of his personal life, even tracking the hair
of actress Talulah Riley when she was his second wife,” the
Journal reports.

Senior managers told the Journal they avoided pitching new ideas
or raising issues when Musk was in a bad mood.

They believed Musk was “happiest when her hair color approached
platinum,” according to the Journal.

After his first divorce from a Canadian novelist, Musk began
dating Riley, a British actress who’s best known for her role in

They married in 2010. Two years later, news of their divorce
became public when
Musk tweeted
: “It was an amazing four years. I will love you
forever. You will make someone very happy one day” at Riley on

The couple remarried in 2013 and divorced again in 2016.

Read more: Inside
the turbulent personal life of Elon Musk, who called his
estranged father ‘a terrible human being’ and who says he must be
in love to be happy

Musk’s stormy personal life has made him a central figure of tech
gossip in recent weeks. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO
recently stopped following
pop musician
— who he’s dated since at least spring — on Twitter.
The two appear to have unfollowed each other on Instagram, as
well. It’s unclear whether the couple is still in

For what it’s worth, Grimes was last photographed
stepping out with Musk
at SpaceX event in July — as a

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