Everything Elon Musk Has Said About His Relationship With Amber Heard

With the news that Elon Musk will not be testifying during Amber Heard's court battle, further details of the entrepreneur's relationship with the actress are unlikely to be heard by jurors.

Heard, 36, has been sued for $50 million by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, 58, who has accused her of defaming him in an op-ed published by The Washington Post in 2018, in which she said she was a victim of domestic abuse.

While Heard didn't name Depp in the article, his lawyers have argued that it was obvious she was referring to the actor. Heard has countersued for $100 million for nuisance, with her attorneys arguing that the op-ed was a matter of public interest.

Amber Heard and Elon Musk
Following reports that Elon Musk (R) will not be testifying in his ex Amber Heard's (R) court battle with Johnny Depp, Newsweek has taken a look at the various times the billionaire has spoken about his relationship with the actress. JONATHAN ERNST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images;/ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

As Musk, 50, had briefly dated Heard following her 2016 split from Depp, he had been expected to testify after it was announced that he was on the witness list.

And while jurors and court attendees have been denied a front row seat to any revelations by the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Newsweek has taken a look at comments the billionaire has made about his ex in the past.

In April 2017, Heard and Musk were photographed stepping out together as a couple for the first time as they visited the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Australia's Gold Coast. Per People, Heard made things Instagram official that day.

Their relationship goes back a decade, when they met on the set of 2013 movie Machete Kills, in which Heard played "Miss San Antonio" Blanca Vasquez, while Musk made a cameo as himself.

Musk, whose divorce from actress Talulah Riley was finalized in 2016, was drawn to Heard's "edginess," People reported during the early stages of their romance.

First Breakup

However, it was announced in a joint statement shared with People in August 2017 that the celebrity world's newest couple was suddenly no more.

"Having read recent articles about our relationship, we would like to speak for ourselves," read their statement. "The distance has been really tough on our relationship, because we haven't been able to see each other much.

"All relationships have their ups and downs, of course. People occasionally send out speculation, which has no basis in fact, without our knowledge, believing that that they have our best interests in mind.

"Sometimes, other agendas are at work. It can get a little weird... However, we would like to state directly that we have the utmost respect for one another, and it would be troubling if anyone had the impression that we thought otherwise."

Musk also addressed the split on Twitter, as he insisted that there was still "love" between him and his ex.

"Btw, just to clear up some of the press storms this weekend, although Amber and I did break up, we are still friends, remain close and love one another," Musk tweeted at the time, according to PageSix.

Citing their busy schedules as a major stumbling block, he reportedly added: "Long-distance relationships when both partners have intense work obligations are always difficult, but who knows what the future holds."

"Severe Emotional Pain"

Musk was decidedly more candid in an interview with author and Rolling Stone writer Neil Strauss, as he said: "I just broke up with my girlfriend. I was really in love, and it hurt bad... Well, she broke up with me more than I broke up with her, I think."

The split was made public several days after Musk had attended a Tesla Model 3 launch event in July.

"I've been in severe emotional pain for the last few weeks," Musk said. "Severe. It took every ounce of will to be able to do the Model 3 event and not look like the most depressed guy around.

"For most of that day, I was morbid. And then I had to psych myself up: drink a couple of Red Bulls, hang out with positive people and then, like, tell myself: 'I have all these people depending on me. All right, do it!'"

Sharing his feeling about relationships generally, he added: "If I'm not in love, if I'm not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy.. I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me."

Heard was a little less forthcoming, writing in an August 2017 Instagram post: "Being in the public eye means having to explain yourself to so many people, so much of the time. In this case, I'd like to remain more quiet.

"Although we have broken up, Elon and I care deeply for one another and remain close. Thank you for the continued support, respect, and privacy during these difficult, very human times."

Briefly Reunited

The difficult times eased months later, with Musk and Heard spotted out and about together again at the end of 2017. However, it was reported in early 2018 that things were over for them once again—this time for good.

Musk's relationship with Heard was discussed in court this week, when it was claimed that the billionaire had donated money to the American Civil Liberties Union on her behalf.

He was spoken about in further detail when Depp's former talent agent Christian Carino—who also happens to be Lady Gaga's former fiancé—shared text messages exchanged with Heard concerning Musk.

In the 2017 texts, Heard shared that she was sad while going through a breakup and hated when things "went public." Carino believes she was referring to Musk.

Heard's relationship with Musk took place two months after she had made allegations of domestic violence against Depp.

"You told me a thousand times you were just filling space," Carino texted Heard about Musk in 2017. "You weren't in love with him."

"I'm saying, why would you be sad if you weren't in love with him to begin with?" Carino continued.

Heard responded: "I know, but I wanted time to grieve and recover in my own time."

Musk Speaks Out

Musk himself spoke out about his relationship with Heard in 2020, amid reports that he and the actress had had a "three-way affair" also involving model Cara Delevingne.

He told PageSix at the time: "Cara and I are friends – but we've never been intimate. She would confirm this.

"Also, I wish to confirm again that Amber and I only started going out about a month after her divorce filing. I don't think I was ever even in the vicinity of Amber during their marriage!"

Addressing the 2020 court case that Heard and Depp were locked in at the time, he added: "Regarding this lawsuit, I would recommend that everyone involved bury the hatchet and move on. Life is too short for such extended negativity.

"Nobody is going to say after it's all over that they wished the court battle had lasted longer!"

The current trial comes less than two years after Depp lost a 2020 libel case against British tabloid The Sun, which had labeled the actor a "wife-beater" in reference to Heard's allegations of domestic abuse.

Heard accused Depp of domestic abuse during their divorce proceedings in 2016. The Rum Diary co-stars, who wed in 2015, had their union officially dissolved in January 2017, months after Heard filed for divorce.

While Depp had repeatedly denied ever having been violent to Heard during the three-week trial in London, a judge found that The Sun's claims that the Kentucky-born actor had been abusive to Heard were "substantially true."

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in "The Washington Post" in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." The actor is pictured arriving at the $50 million Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 28, 2022. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images