The Londoner: Talulah Riley’s political dystopia shelved

The actor, who married and divorced SpaceX founder Elon Musk twice, was scheduled to release a politics-themed novel in the coming months, but …

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What’s the story with Talulah Riley? The actor, who married and divorced SpaceX founder Elon Musk twice, was scheduled to release a politics-themed novel in the coming months, but trouble appears to be afoot.

Last year The Londoner reported that Riley was penning The Quickening, a dystopian novel about a female prime minister. “In a time of deep political unrest, a new isolationist Britain is emerging,” the official synopsis read. “Under the leadership of charismatic prime minister Dana Mayer, a one-party government is slowly taking control of everything — creating a regime which seems, at first, idyllic.”

But, just as our real-life Prime Minister, Theresa May, faces a delay and possible demission, so too does Riley’s fictional one. The novel’s official page on publisher Hodder & Stoughton’s website has disappeared, while Amazon no longer lists a release date for the book, writing: “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

The Londoner contacted Hodder & Stoughton to check up on The Quickening’s progress, only to be told that it is “no longer publishing this book”. It later corrected this. “It is actually happening still,” a source told us when pushed for reasons for the cancellation. “It’s just been pushed back — as is often the case with publishing schedules.”

Riley already has a book under her belt: a romance novel, Acts Of Love, which was released in 2016 and received warm reviews.

She has appeared in the films Pride and Prejudice, St Trinian’s and Inception, as well as modelling — she was one of the faces of H&M’s Autumn/Winter collection in 2018. In 2017, The Londoner revealed that she was in a relationship with Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of Les Misérables and The King’s Speech. At this point, we’re not sure which will come to fruition first: this book or Brexit.

Zombies on parade

“Who should succeed Theresa May?” was the vital question at last night’s “ThinkIn” by Tortoise, the news organisation established by former head of BBC News James Harding. Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos MORI, one of the country’s leading polling companies, was invited to give his expert analysis. “I have absolutely no idea,” he declared to audience laughter.

On Newsnight, political editor Nicholas Watt reported similar confusion among Cabinet members as to why May is bringing back her deal for a vote today. One told him: “F**k knows. I’m past caring. It’s like the Living Dead in here.”

Labour has been advertising for a new head of complaints after long-standing controversies over how allegations of anti-Semitism are handled within the party. But applications close today, only 72 hours after the ad was posted. Cue a barrage of complaints.

Salman Rushdie used to be a frequent sight at Electric House in Notting Hill, but no more. Earlier this week, a patron was overheard asking a fellow regular why they hadn’t seen the Midnight’s Children author around lately. “Well,” they responded, “I haven’t seen him here ever since a punter approached him and said: ‘Oh my God! Are you Salman Rushdie? I’ve got all of your albums.’”

Firth and Ferretti put the world to rights in Fitzrovia

Eco-warriors: Livia Firth and Alberta Ferretti (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Livia Firth, the sustainable fashion campaigner and wife of actor Colin Firth, kept her cause close to her chest yesterday.

She was at Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals in Fitzrovia for the launch of Alberta Ferretti’s Love Me Collection, a collaboration with Firth’s company Eco Age. Also among the guests was Rosanna Falconer, the founder of Fash Mash who is a co-chair of next week’s Royal Marsden Gala, which is raising funds for the Oak Cancer Centre.

The lunch event was just the beginning of a busy day: Victoria actor Jenna Coleman and presenter Nick Grimshaw were on Sloane Street for a party hosted by Gucci, former ballet dancer Eric Underwood was at My Beautiful City off Charing Cross Road for the launch of the Gentleman’s Journal’s e-commerce site and, across the river, rock progeny Molly Moorish and Tigerlily Taylor toasted the opening of the new Lyaness Bar at the South Bank hotel Sea Containers.


Starkie’s new boss: Dominic Raab (Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Michael Gove’s former comms aide James Starkie is to join Dominic Raab’s team next week, putting him on a possible collision course with his old boss. Ex-Brexit Secretary Raab, below, has made the hire ahead of an expected tilt at the Tory leadership. Gove, though, is the bookies’ favourite. Starkie quit Gove’s team last year in protest at Theresa May’s deal, but will their “very cordial” relations continue?

As soon as Theresa May announced her resignation plans, Tory campaigns were kicking off. First out of the blocks? “I’m off to join the ABB campaign,” one Tory staffer told The Londoner. ABB? “Anyone but Boris.”

With Brexit Day postponed, Lord Tebbitt — 88 today — may have to rearrange his joint birthday plans with fellow Brexiteer Priti Patel. “I couldn’t ask for a better birthday present,” he said in January. “We might even have a glass together at Westminster to celebrate!” Not anymore.

Steamy Day in LA

Elizabeth Day launched her latest book, How To Fail, at the Groucho last night, having written it in Los Angeles.

“I wrote every day in the sunshine on my friend’s terrace,” she told us, “surrounded by bougainvilleas, being the hideous LA cliché, drinking kombucha and being that smug t*** you never want to meet.”

Day is no stranger to the city: she once travelled there to live like Gwyneth Paltrow for a week. “It involved getting my vagina steamed, which just made me a bit clammy.”

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5 Details About The Amber Heard/Elon Musk Affair — And What Johnny Depp Believes

Depp claims that Heard began a romantic relationship with Elon Musk and was cheating on him while they were still married. He alleges that she …

Depp has filed a $50 million lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp has filed a lawsuit against Amber Heard, seeking $50 million in damages. It follows an op-ed Heard wrote in December 2018 for the Washington Post, in which she depicted herself as a victim of domestic abuse. Depp’s suit claims that he is seeking compensation for defamation for the “willfulness and maliciousness that Ms. Heard demonstrated when she knowingly published the op-ed with the false implication that Mr. Depp violently abused her.”

The suit, however, is not all about the article. Depp claims that Heard began a romantic relationship with Elon Musk and was cheating on him while they were still married. He alleges that she received “late night” visits from the Tesla founder while Depp was away and that their relationship began “no later than one month after” Heard and Depp married.

The details regarding the Amber Heard/Elon Musk affair are a he-said she-said situation at the moment. The timeline of their relationship may be difficult to definitively pin down, but here are the facts and claims made around Musk and Heard.

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1. Musk claims their relationship did not begin until May 2016.

Musk shot back at Depp’s hefty lawsuit. According to Musk’s representative, “Elon and Amber didn’t start seeing each other until May 2016.”

Heard and Depp separated in May 2016; their divorce was not finalized until January 2017. Their marriage lasted 15 months.

2. It did not become romantic until “some time later.”

Musk’s rep also added that it wasn’t love at first sight: “Their relationship didn’t become romantic until some time later.”

Romance rumors swirled around Heard and Musk shortly after her separation, as the two were spotted together on multiple occasions in the summer of 2016. They did have more in common than one would expect at first. E! News reported that they had “known each other for some time.”

They were both involved with Art of Elysium. Heard said after their relationship ended that they bonded over “intellectual curiosity, ideas and conversation, a shared love for science.” And, back in 2016, Musk too was going through a divorce. He and Talulah Riley have a complex history.


A post shared by Amber Heard (@amberheard) on Apr 23, 2017 at 5:11pm PDT

3. They broke up in August 2017.

Heard and Musk were together for about a year, from the summer of 2016 to August 2017. A source told PEOPLE that “Elon decided it was time to end it and Amber agreed. They both still care deeply for each other but the timing wasn’t right.”

Just after their split was announced, they were seen together in Australia. They released a joint statement regarding their relationship to clear the air.

“Having read recent articles about our relationship, we would like to speak for ourselves. 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 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.”

“As a closing note, it is worth bearing in mind that events are always amplified and dramatized in a high profile relationship, whether the people involved like it or not (and we definitely don’t). The reality is that this is just a normal relationship with a giant magnifying glass applied.”

The last sections of their statement resound in 2019, given Depp’s lawsuit. But Musk and Heard reportedly broke up just before their statement due to their busy schedules.

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Behind the seams @jwujek @hairbyricardorojas

A post shared by Amber Heard (@amberheard) on Aug 4, 2017 at 8:07am PDT

4. They dated again for a month early in 2018.

Despite their “busy schedules,” the two were spotted together at the end of 2017. It appeared they had rekindled their romance four months after they split up.

They only spoke kindly of each other after their break-up, and in some ways seemed to regret it. Musk told Rolling Stone in November, “She broke up with me more than I broke up with her, I think. I was really in love, and it hurt bad.”

The two split again at the end of January 2018.

Happy Valentine’s Day

A post shared by Amber Heard (@amberheard) on Feb 14, 2019 at 9:20am PST

5. Heard’s lawyers believe Depp is making another attempt to silence Heard.

Heard’s head attorney Eric M. George had some harsh words to say regarding Depp’s lawsuit.

“This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self-destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team.”

On the other hand, Depp says Heard is a perpetrator. The lawsuit claims her allegations of domestic abuse are “categorically and demonstrably false.”

His attorney Adam Waldman directly responded to George’s statement. “We hardly intend to silence Ms. Heard. To the contrary, we intend to subpoena and compel evidence from her, her three hoax-assisting friends, and Elon Musk. We look forward to holding the overwhelming video, photographic and eyewitness evidence we finally possess up against Amber Heard’s (so far silent) attempts to explain the inexplicable.”


A post shared by Amber Heard (@amberheard) on Sep 27, 2018 at 3:22pm PDT

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Elon Musk is most famous for his business, but his personal life is something that he likes to keep for himself. He mentioned before how having …

Elon Musk is most famous for his business, but his personal life is something that he likes to keep for himself. He mentioned before how having somebody in your life is a very important thing to him. Let’s take a look of Elon Musk’s past relationships.

Justine Wilson


The longest he has been in a relationship was with Justine Wilson, or Justine Musk, due to the fact that she decided to keep the name after the two got divorced. She shared with Marie Claire that she met Elon Musk while they were both going to Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Elon approached her and asked her out, and despite the fact she agreed to go on an ice-cream date with him, she later refused to go. However, Elon went to get the ice-cream anyway, and he appeared with “two chocolate-chip ice cream cones dripping down his hands. He’s not a man who takes no for an answer.” They got married in 2000, and they have a son, Nevada. Unfortunately, Nevada died of sudden infant death syndrome, which caused problems in their marriage. Even though they had twins and triplets, later on, Elon filed for divorce in 2008, and Justine claims they are no longer speaking to each other.

Talulah Riley

Source: The Independent

Justine shared with Marie Claire that only six weeks after he filed for a divorce, he got engaged to Talulah Riley. Riley went to LA to be closer to her husband-to-be. They got married in 2010, and two years later, they filed for a divorce. Musk allegedly tweeted to Riley, “It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever. You will make someone very happy one day.”

Cameron Diaz


In 2013, E! News stated how Diaz and Musk began a romantic relationship. Nobody ever confirmed it, and if that was, in fact, true, it didn’t last for a long time.

Talulah Riley (again)

Source: Business Insider

Again. The two decided to give it a go for the second time in 2013, when they got back together and tied the knot for the second time. In 2016, Riley was the one to file for a divorce, and the divorce finalized that same year. They remained good friends, though.

Amber Heard


People stated that they were spotted for the first time together in 2016 after Heard got divorced from Johnny Depp, and Musk was in the middle of his divorce from Riley. They went public in 2017, but after a long on-again, off-again relationship, the finally broke up in 2018. An insider close to them shared, “Elon decided it was time to end it and Amber agreed. They both still care deeply for each other but the timing wasn’t right.”



Elon Musk and Grimes kept their relationship to themselves, after finally appearing in public for the Met Gala in 2018. Page Six stated that the two met online after they allegedly made the same joke about artificial intelligence. Musk was posting her videos on Twitter before, stating, “Best music video art I’ve seen in a while.”


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Elon Musk’s Brentwood Home Is up for Sale

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is selling off his Brentwood neighborhood home that he previously shared with two-time ex-wife and actress …

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is selling off his Brentwood neighborhood home that he previously shared with two-time ex-wife and actress Talulah Riley. The 3,000-square-foot mid-century Los Angeles residence is one of the smaller of his collection of properties, featuring four bedrooms, four baths, a sleekly-designed kitchen, and an array of Musk-selected security and entertainment features that will have tech-headed individuals dreaming of a new living arrangement. The house also features an array of floor-to-ceiling openings that go out to a saltwater pool and spa, paired with gorgeous views overlooking Los Angeles and its neighboring Pacific Ocean. However, it won’t come cheap — this humble abode will cost you $4.5 million USD.

If you’re interested in learning more about the property, head over to Hilton & Hyland’s website where the official listing is located.

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Photos: Elon Musk selling Bel Air home

Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk is selling one of at least four homes he owns in Bel Air, Calif., reports Click here if viewing from a …

Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk is selling one of at least four homes he owns in Bel Air, Calif., reports

Click here if viewing from a mobile device.

The four-bed, three-and-a-half bath mid-century modern home is listed at $4.499 million. The 3,077 square foot property boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a large saltwater pool, and an integrated security system, among many other features.

Musk purchased the home in 2014 for $3,695,100 and shared ownership with his former wife, Talulah Riley, and mother-in-law, Una, according to

David Kramer and Andrew Buss with Hilton & Hyland are the current listing agents.

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