Elon Musk's black eye in old photos with Amber Heard leaves many wondering if she had physically abused him
Heard was romantically linked to Musk back in 2016 after she filed a restraining order against Johnny Depp
Close on the heels of leaked audiotapes which surfaced last month where Amber Heard reportedly admitted to physically abusing her former husband Johnny Depp, old photos from when she briefly dated Tesla founder Elon Musk have surfaced now.
The pictures dug up by Sausage Roll, show Musk sporting a black eye and a cut under his right eye as he walks hand-in-hand with Heard. The dark bruising on his face is apparent from every angle that the snaps were taken.
Although he does not seem to be bothered by the shiner clearly visible on his face, the report cited a source close to Heard saying that the act of showing a united front in front of the paparazzi was merely a tactic to avoid negative publicity since the pictures were taken at a time when the couple had already split up but were yet to make any official announcement regarding their breakup in the media.
"He ended it a week ago. He'd heard certain things about her behavior that didn't sit well with him," the source said at the time. "Amber can be very manipulative and selfish. Elon's back in Los Angeles while she's licking her wounds in Australia."
The bruises on Musk's face led many to speculate if the 'Aquaman' actress was allegedly abusive toward him.
Heard was romantically linked to Musk back in 2016, after she had filed a restraining order against the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor - leading many to believe that she might have cheated on her former husband during their short-lived marriage.
In a November 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Musk said he had split with Heard, although it sounded like he was not entirely over her yet. "I just broke up with my girlfriend," Musk said. "I was really in love, and it hurt bad. If I'm not in love, if I'm not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy."
"Going to sleep alone kills me,” he added. “It’s not like I don’t know what that feels like: Being in a big empty house, and the footsteps echoing through the hallway, no one there — and no one on the pillow next to you. F—. How do you make yourself happy in a situation like that?”
It was reported at the time that the duo first broke up because of their increasingly busy schedules in August.
A few days later, TMZ snapped pictures of the two kissings after getting lunch in Los Angeles. A source close to Musk said that they weren't back together but it's a possibility that they would soon.
They ended up spending "New Years together” as well as vacationing together in Chile at the end of December and enjoying dinner with friends, including Musk’s brother, Kimbal.
However, after briefly reuniting for a few months, the pair called it quits for the second time, in February 2018. “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,” a source close to the couple told People magazine.
While Amber Heard is currently dating cinematographer Bianca Butti, Musk is dating Canadian singer Grimes.