Overwatch fan Elon Musk shares photo of ex Amber Heard in Mercy cosplay

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulSep 14, 2023 | 12:36

Overwatch fan Elon Musk shares photo of ex Amber Heard in Mercy cosplay

Elon Musk, the tech tycoon with a penchant for the weird, once added a quirky twist to his romantic escapades with actress Amber Heard. Musk apparently requested Heard to transform into Mercy, the iconic character from the video game Overwatch. Love, it seems, has its own set of cheat codes.


Elon Musk's relationship with actress Amber Heard was a subject of curiosity and intrigue during their time together. Their connection was brought to public attention when it was revealed that Musk had asked Heard to dress up as a beloved character from the popular FPS video game. 

  • For some context, Mercy is a popular character from Overwatch.
  • She is a skilled and compassionate support hero known for her abilities to heal and revive her teammates. 

  • She is often depicted wearing a distinctive white and blue Valkyrie-themed suit, complete with wings that allow her to glide gracefully through the battlefield.
  • Her primary role is to provide essential healing and support to her team, making her a crucial asset in team-based gameplay. 

The Mercy cosplay outfit

According to Musk's biography penned by Walter Isaacson, Heard took her role as Cupid's cosplayer seriously. She embarked on a two-month odyssey to design and commission a custom Mercy cosplay outfit.

Not content with just the costume, Musk decided to spill the pixels and confirmed the rumoured cosplay by posting a photo of Heard in her Mercy garb on social media. 

  • Heard is seen gazing downward in Mercy’s iconic white bodysuit, complete with metal wings and a golden headpiece in the snap.

Elon Musk and Amber Heard

Their romantic journey was characterised by an on-again-off-again pattern that spanned approximately a year.

It began shortly after Heard's high-profile split from actor Johnny Depp in 2016, and eventually came to an end for good in early 2018. 


Musk's comments on their breakup revealed the depth of his emotions, stating that he was genuinely in love with Heard, and the separation had been painful for him.

“I’m just a fool for love. I am often a fool, but especially for love.”
- Musk comments on the breakup in Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Although Musk's inner circle wasn't exactly cheering for this love match.

According to the biography, his friends and family held an intense dislike for Heard. They had their virtual pitchforks and torches ready, with Musk's brother and pals describing her as "toxic" and a "nightmare".

“It’s really sad that he falls in love with these people who are really mean to him."
- Kimbal Musk in Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Grimes weighs in

Canadian musician Grimes, the mother of Musk's three children, couldn't resist adding her two cents.

  • She hinted that Musk had a knack for being drawn to the "chaotic evil" archetype, and Heard might have fit the bill.
  • Musk, ever the self-aware hero, admitted he had a track record of choosing partners who were not necessarily the best fit for him, attributing his choices to his propensity for affection.
"She [Amber Heard] was like the Joker in Batman. She didn't have a goal or aim other than chaos. She thrives on destabilising everything."
- Musk's chief of staff, Sam Teller, in Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Shared love for science

Yet, amidst the drama and high-stakes cosplay, both Musk and Heard found a common ground - their shared love for science and intellectual pursuits.


Despite the tumultuous ride, they professed their deep affection for each other. 

Heard, in particular, stated that she still loved the SpaceX CEO "very much". However, she also expressed concerns about his proclivity for taking risks, characterising him as someone who sometimes embraces danger.

“Elon loves fire, and sometimes it burns him.”
- Amber Heard in Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Musk's relationship with Heard was a complex and often turbulent chapter in both of their lives.

In the end, their love story was a heady mix of science fiction and romance, with a dash of nerdy cosplay thrown in for good measure.

Last updated: September 14, 2023 | 12:36
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