Stressed Elon Musk denies being 'on weed'

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In an interview that gives a rare glimpse into his personal life, Mr Musk has described the tumultuous past twelve months as "the most hard and painful year of my career".

In the offbeat and occasionally tearful interview, Mr Musk also bizarrely asked: "If you have anyone who can do a better job..."

Two people described by the Times as familiar with the matter said Tesla's board members were angry at Musk for failing to consult with them before sending the tweet.

But the paper said he later told them through a spokesperson that Antonio Gracias, Tesla's lead independent director, had in fact contacted him to discuss the Twitter post.

On the tweet where Musk said he was considering taking Tesla private, which is now being investigated by the SEC, he said it was an attempt at transparency. The tweet said: "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420". But I was not on weed, to be clear'.

Mr Musk opened up to the newspaper about the personal toll he says he has endured, working marathon hours trying to ensure that deadlines are met, with Tesla ramping up production of its crucial Model 3 sedan. "Others could not be corroborated", Tesla said in the statement.

"If we say we simply remove Elon Musk from the situation, I don't know if that does much good. They can have the job", Musk was quoted as saying. "They can have the reins right now", said Musk. His tweet reportedly has also ruffled feathers among Tesla board members, who were unaware of his plans to explore taking the electric carmaker private and are searching to find a chief operating officer or other No. 2 executive to help ease the burden. I've had friends come by who are really concerned'.

He said in the interview that he had wanted to offer a roughly 20 per cent premium over where the stock had been trading, which would have been about $US419. There's a reason for the word 'stoned.' You just sit there like a stone on weed'. The Twitter comment reportedly prompted the Securities and Exchange Commission to seek more information from Tesla about the veracity of Musk's claim and his decision to reveal a potential blockbuster deal on the social network instead of more formally through the SEC.

Kimbal officially married Christiana, the daughter of billionaire Sam Wyly, on April 7, but celebrated the event with around 300 guests at Greco-Roman ruins near Girona.

By his own admission, this year has been "excruciating" for Elon Musk.

Read the complete interview here. But he told the newspaper he wrote the tweet inside a Tesla Model S while he was driving to the airport, and that no-one else reviewed it. But I was not on weed, to be clear.' He admitted no one had seen the post in advance. But his out-of-the-blue go-private announcement raised a huge ruckus and pushed Tesla's shares up 11 percent in a day, raising the company's value by $6 billion.

Musk said what he meant by "funding secured" became the biggest point of contention.

So far, these damaging allegations have resulted in Tesla being subpoenaed by government regulators and hit with two class-action lawsuits from investors who contend that the tweets violated federal securities laws.

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