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In the interview, he calls the past year "excruciating" and "the most hard and painful year of my career" while also acknowledging that he often relies on Ambien to help him sleep. But Musk's interview with the Times made it sound as if he was being pushed to the limit.

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As he explained in the interview, Musk was en route to an airport when he announced on Twitter that he was considering making Tesla a private company once more.

"It seemed like better karma at $420 than at $419", he said.

I kept thinking about that 17 year stretch with no extended time off since 2001: that goes back before SpaceX, before Tesla, obviously before The Boring Company.

Last week, Musk tweeted that he was "considering taking Tesla private at $420".

"Why would I?" Musk reportedly replied.

"'I thought the worst of it was over - I thought it was, ' he said".

"They can have the job".

'Is there someone who can do the job better? "They can have the reins right now", Musk tells the Times. But much of it comes from Musk's own statements issuing lofty goals for production of cars or turning a sustained profit starting this quarter.

"If your plan is to take this company private, out of the public eye and the regulatory eye of the SEC, then people who have a fiduciary responsibility to their investors have to feel comfortable about the situation, and the New York Times article makes that harder", said Mike O'Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading.

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Musk also denied having smoked weed before sending the tweet, but did mention he sometimes takes Ambien to help him sleep.

The entrepreneur said: 'It's not been great, actually. "I've had friends come by who are really concerned", Musk said.

It's followed by how he very almost had to miss being best man at his brother's wedding, and just slipped in and out of the celebration before getting back to the factory, and it makes you wonder anyone could live like that for years at a time.

"This past year has been the most hard and painful year of my career", he told the newspaper.

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. It also featured a candid Musk discussing what he says has been the worst year of his life.

Musk has a reputation for being an eccentric visionary, but his out-of-the-blue announcement of a potential buyout raised a huge ruckus and pushed Tesla's shares up 11% in a day, raising the company's value by 6 billion dollars (£4.7 billion).

And earlier this year, SpaceX, his aerospace company, launched a Tesla Roadster auto in space, with the aim of positioning it in a constant orbit around the Sun and Mars.

The firm's board said this week that it has formed a special committee to consider going private.

In a separate report, The Wall Street Journal said securities regulators have been investigating if Tesla misled investors about production problems for its Model 3 auto.

Musk stated, "I understood from him that no other decision makers were needed and that they were eager to proceed." .

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