Months after one of Elon Musk’s children made a legal decision to disown him, the family of the world’s richest man took to Twitter on Father’s Day last week to reassure the world that “Really great dad. “
The message was posted by Elon’s younger sister, director Tosca Musk, 47, who stamped it with two red heart emojis. Their mother, 74-year-old model May Musk, retweeted it in response to Elon’s Father’s Day tweet: “I love all my children so much. ”
Maye Musk also linked to an Instagram photo of the Tesla and SpaceX founder and his younger brother Kimball, 49 – both wearing black tie and surrounded by smiling huggers.
But a day later, Justin Musk, Elon’s first wife and mother of five of his seven living children, seemed to carry a different message: praising her child, 18-year-old Xavier Alexander Musk, for his decision to move on to a woman. and legally abandon Elon.
In papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in April, Xavier petitioned to change the name to Vivian Gina Wilson, merging her mother’s maiden name and giving up her father’s surname. In a brief explanation in the legal document, Vivian indicated the reason for changing the name and requesting a new birth certificate: “Gender identity and the fact that I no longer live with my biological father or wish to be associated with him in any way, shape or form.”
Elon, who has a net worth of $214 billion, has some very clear opinions on transgender and child-rearing issues. “pronouns sucktweeted in 2020. And after a great deal of criticism, it happened later chirp“I’m definitely in favor of trans, but all these pronouns are an aesthetic nightmare.”
For the most part, the 50-year-old Elon admitted he’s not a practical father, though he clearly thought a lot about his children’s education and future development, according to reports. He told the New York Times in 2020 that he doesn’t play a major role in his children’s lives when they are young.
“Well, kids just eat and poop, you know?” Elon said, two months after the birth of X, his son with Canadian musician known as Grimes. The baby, born in 2020 and whose full name is X Æ A-Xii, is seen on Elon’s lap during Zoom calls with his staff.
“Now there is not much I can do. Grimes has a much bigger role than me now,” he said. “When the child grows up, there will be more roles for me … If I have a trip to China, for example, I will bring the children with me and we will go see the Great Wall of China or we take the bullet train from Beijing to Xian and see the Mud Warriors [from the mausoleum of the first Qin emperor of China Qin Shihuang]. ”
Elon and Grimes had a second child, a girl named Exa Dark Sideræl, in December 2021, two months after announcing their separation.
His second wife, British actress Tallulah Riley, said Elon tried to spend as much time as possible with his children when they were a couple, explaining that he usually spends four days a week with his children from his first marriage. (Elon and Justin also had a son, Nevada, in 2002, who died of sudden infant death syndrome as an infant.)
“He’s trying to come home early to have family dinner with me and the kids and maybe play some computer games with the boys,” she said. Elon began dating Riley after his split from Justine in 2008. He married Riley in 2010; They separated in 2012, married again in 2013 and divorced again three years later. The couple had no children.
Most of Elon’s children were educated at Ad Astra, the school he founded after starting the homeschooling program for his eldest child. The innovative school, which opened its doors to children of SpaceX employees in 2014, emphasizes math, science, engineering and ethics, allowing students to opt out of subjects they don’t like, according to the Daily Beast. The school has also replaced its sports, language and music programs with discussions about companies and artificial intelligence.
But it was Elon’s obsession with his romantic life that seemed to catch on while his older children were growing up.
In 2017, after his split from actress Amber Heard, he told Rolling Stone, “I’ve been in a lot of emotional pain for the past few weeks. Is there anyone you think I should date? It’s very difficult for me to even meet people. I’m looking for a relationship.” Long-term. I’m not looking for a one night stand. I’m looking for a serious mate or they know that kind of thing. If I’m not in love, if I’m not with a long-term mate, I can’t be happy.”
But he is known to be a tyrant in relationships. In a 2010 article by Marie Claire after their divorce, Justin wrote, “As we were dancing at our wedding, Elon told me, ‘I’m the alpha in this relationship. “He grew up in the male-dominated culture of South Africa, and the will to competition and control that made him successful in business did not magically break when he returned home.”
According to Justin, “He was obsessed with his work…when he was at home, his mind was elsewhere.” At the time, she admitted that she was “alienated” by her ex-husband, and that they deal with children through an assistant.
“When we argued — about the house or the kids’ sleep schedule — my mistakes and my flaws were exposed to the microscope,” wrote Justin, who met Elon when they were students at Queen’s University in Canada. “I felt insignificant in his eyes, and I began to think what our dynamism might be to our five young sons.”
Vivian gave her answer when she told her mother, “I had a strange childhood…I can’t believe I look as normal as I do.” The remarks, attributed to Vivian, were tweeted by Justin on the Monday after Father’s Day, with Justin saying, “I’m so proud of you.”
Elon’s response? “I am proud of myself.”