Elon Musk's ex Justine says she's 'proud' of their 18-year-old
Elon Musk’s ex-wife Justine says she’s ‘very proud’ of their ‘normal’ 18-year-old for filing paperwork to change name and gender – as the Tesla CEO’s controversial tweets on pronouns resurface
- Elon Musk son Xavier, 18, has filed to legally change their gender from male to female and lose their last name
- She filed the petition in April to take their mother’s maiden name and want to be called Vivian Jenna Wilson
- Xavier wrote in the California court filing she does not want to be tied to father Musk in ‘any way, shape or form’
- Entrepreneur Musk, 50, had Xavier and twin Griffin with his first wife, Canadian author Justine Wilson in 2004
- A hearing on the petition is scheduled for Friday and will take place before a judge in Santa Monica, California
- The paperwork was filed on April 18, three days after Vivian’s 18th birthday
- The news emerged on Monday, a day after Fathers Day when Musk tweeted: I love all my children’
Justine Musk, Elon’s ex-wife and the mother of his five oldest kids, said she was ‘proud’ of their 18-year-old
Elon Musk’s ex-wife Justine says she is ‘very proud’ of their 18-year-old for filing paperwork to change their name and gender from Xavier Musk to Vivian Jenna Wilson.
Musk and Justine were married from 2000 until 2008 and share five kids, including 18-year-old Vivian.
On April 18, Xavier filed paperwork in Santa Monica saying: ‘I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.’
She ticked ‘female’ when asked what her preferred gender is.
Musk has not yet commented on the paperwork. In a tweet on Monday night, Justine said: “I had a weird childhood,” my 18 year old said to me.
“I can’t believe I’m as normal-seeming as I am.” ‘I said, “I’m very proud of you.” “I’m proud of myself!”‘
Justine’s tweet comes as controversial past remarks by Elon about transgender issues resurfaced in light of the announcement.
The billionaire has previously poked fun at the pregnant man emoji, and he said: ‘Pronouns suck.’
Vivian filed the paperwork three days after her 18th birthday, but it only became public on Monday, the day after Fathers Day. Neither she nor her twin brother Griffin have been seen publicly recently.
Elon Musk and his second wife, British actress Talulah Riley, are pictured in 2015 with Xavier and Griffin. The twins are now 18
Musk has been publicly disowned by his oldest child, who no longer wishes to be associated with him ‘in any way, shape or form’
Musk and Justine Wilson, mother of his five teenagers, are pictured in an undated photo. The pair were together from 2000 to 2008
Musk was married to Vivian’s mother, Canadian author Justine Wilson, from 2000 until 2008. Their first son, Nevada, was born in 2002 and died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at 10 weeks. The pair went on to have twin sons – Xavier and Griffin – and triplet boys: Damian, Kai and Saxon, now 16.
The five teenagers have kept a fairly low profile, despite their father having joint custody. Musk also two other children, X Æ A-Xii and Exa Dark Sideræl, who goes by Y, with Canadian singer Grimes.
It is unclear what is behind Xavier’s rejected of their father, in such a public way. Musk has yet to comment, and it is unclear if he was aware of Xavier’s plan prior to the court documents being filed.
Musk has been vocal on various transgender issues and last year he complained about people using their own pronouns. He also said he was a fan of Florida governor Ron DeSantis who has been condemned by the LGBTQ community for his bill preventing discussion of gender identity and homosexuality in classrooms for children in kindergarten through third grade.
Musk last week called out ‘virtual signaling’ critics who panned a new Ricky Gervais stand-up comedy special after the show was slammed for being ‘transphobic’.
The stand-up special on Netflix, ‘Supernature’, was also criticized for Gervais’s jokes about racism, identity politics and Hitler.
Still, many who watched Gervais’ show tweeted about how much they enjoyed it, and on Sunday, The Atlantic staff writer Conor Friedersdorf tweeted a screenshot from movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes showing that 92 per cent of the more than 250 people who watched the special rated it well.
At the same time, though, only 14 percent of seven professional critics gave the stand-up routine a high rating.
In response, Musk wrote: ‘The “critics” seek not to critique, but rather to virtue signal. They are out of touch with the people, and so lose their credibility with the people.’
Meanwhile in April, Twitter employees lashed out over Musk’s deal to acquire the company in a $44 billion deal, accusing the world’s richest man of bigotry.
Staffers at an ‘impromptu’ all-hands meeting fired angry questions at executives including CEO Parag Agrawal, who was described as looking tired and at times annoyed.
One employee at the meeting described Musk as anti-gay and anti-transgender, expressing fear that his ownership would hurt efforts to recruit new employees.
‘What should we tell the LGTBQ community at recruiting conferences we’re lined up to attend when they ask us why they should come work at Twitter when we just sold ourselves to an open homophobe and transphobe?’ the staffer asked Dalana Brand, Twitter’s chief people and diversity officer.
Brand diplomatically avoided agreeing with that assessment of Musk, responding: ‘I cannot speak to Elon’s personal feelings on these things. I can’t speak to what he’s done in his other companies, in terms of people’s experiences.’
‘Perhaps in the future we’ll be able to have a conversation. That may be telling,’ she added.
Musk has also complained about people using their own pronouns, leading Chasten Buttigieg – the husband of Pete Buttigieg, transport secretary – to reply: ‘I hear your frustration, sweetie. See me after class and we can go over the worksheet again.’
He said he was a fan of Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who has been condemned by the LGBTQ community for his so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, which prevents discussion of gender identity and homosexuality in classrooms of young children.
Last week, in response to an article discussing whether the question ‘What is a woman’ was legitimate, Musk tweeted: ‘We are simultaneously being told that gender differences do not exist and that genders are so profoundly different that irreversible surgery is the only option.
‘Perhaps someone wiser than me can explain this dichotomy.’
He then added: ‘It is a better world if we are all less judgy.’
Musk has also insisted he is totally pro-LGBT rights, and cites Tesla’s constant top marks in lists of the best places for LGBT people to work as evidence of his open-mindedness.
Meanwhile WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning, 34 has slammed Musk as a bastion of right-wing politics, and said he ‘seemed transphobic’ when he tweeted a meme poking fun at Netflix after it was reported that Canadian singer Grimes, 34, and Manning were in a relationship.
Manning has not confirmed or denied that she and Grimes, Elon’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of two of his children, were at any time romantically linked.
‘The one thing I will say is: he around that time definitely seemed transphobic, and rumor or speculation aside, that’s off-limits. I’m going to respond to it. Any transphobia in a transphobic environment is not OK,’ she said of the Tesla CEO.
Musk tweeted a meme which read: ‘Netflix waiting for the war to end to make a movie about a black Ukraine guy falls in love with a transgender soldier.’
The meme was savaged by left-wing Twitter users.
Grimes began dating Musk in May 2018, and in May 2020 she gave birth to their son, X AE A-XII, known as X.
In December 2021 Musk and Grimes welcomed a daughter born via surrogate, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, known as Y.
In August, Grimes and Musk visited Florence, Italy, with at least three of his five teenage sons, but it was not clear if Xavier was among them.
The next court hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday.
Musk and Grimes with their son X, pictured in March 2021
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