Ri­ley re­veals panic at­tacks

7 Days in Dubai - - LIFE -

Talu­lah Ri­ley has ev­ery­thing. She’s an ac­tress, author and on-off wife (it’s com­pli­cated) of world­chang­ing bil­lion­aire Elon Musk, the man be­hind the Tesla elec­tric car firm and SpaceX rock­ets. But de­spite the pri­vate jets and home in Cal­i­for­nia, the English­woman, 30, ad­mits to suf­fer­ing from panic at­tacks. Talu­lah has just re­leased her de­but novel, Acts of Love, cen­tred on a hard-nosed fe­male jour­nal­ist. She ex­plains: “It’s not re­lated to any­thing ex­cept ex­is­ten­tial dread, and it could hap­pen any time, any­where. The first time it hap­pens, you feel like you’re dy­ing.” The 30-year-old, still ‘best friends’ with Musk de­spite fil­ing for di­vorce ear­lier this year, cred­its act­ing for help­ing her through the episodes which first started when she was a teenager. She adds: “Once your body’s been through it a few times, you re­alise it’s just some­thing you have to sit out. It can be a tight pain in the chest and dizzi­ness. I’m get­ting a lot bet­ter at managing them. I’ll re­move my­self and go and lie down with my legs up and do deep breath­ing.”

Acts of Love is out now

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