Elon Musk’s father has admitted he isn’t proud of his billionaire son and explained why he married and had a baby with his stepdaughter in a candid radio interview.
Errol Musk, 76, called in to the Kyle and Jackie O show on Monday morning for a bizarre 20-minute interview in which he joked he could be Kyle’s biological father.
The father of the Tesla CEO said Elon had ‘surpassed the mark’ of what he deemed success but said the Musk family had ‘been doing a lot of things for a long time’.
‘Your offspring is a genius. He’s worth so much money and has created so many things, you can’t take that away from him. Are you proud?’ Jackie O asked.
‘No. You know, we are a family that have been doing a lot of things for a long time, it’s not as if we suddenly started doing something,’ Errol replied.
Errol Musk (right) said his billionaire son Elon (left) had ‘surpassed the mark’ but as a family the Musks had ‘been doing a lot of things for a long time’
Kyle and Jackie O were joined by the billionaire’s father for a candid interview on Monday in which Musk revealed why he wasn’t proud of his son
Errol said his billionaire son isn’t as happy as he could be when it came to his success and said he feels as if he is running five years behind schedule.
‘He is frustrated with progress and it’s understandable,’ the 76-year-old said.
‘I know it sounds crazy, but we tend to think like that as a family. He’s 50 now and I still think of him as a little boy. But he’s 50, I mean that’s an old man.’
In reference to recent shirtless photos of his son on a boat in Greece, he said he had been encouraging his son to eat better and take a supplement.
‘Elon is very strongly built but he’s been eating badly,’ he told the hosts.
In a ruthless aside, Errol said he had recommended garcinia cambogia – a supplement that can supposedly aid weight loss without additional exercise or dieting – to his son.
Errol then revealed he never once received a handout from his billionaire son (pictured in May) and that it was his younger brother Kimbal who was his ‘pride and joy’
Jackie O asked the South African engineer if he drove a Tesla to which he replied he instead drove a Bentley, Rolls Royce and Mercedes – similar to Kyle’s car collection.
Errol said he had not once received a handout from his billionaire son and that it was Elon’s younger brother Kimbal who was his ‘pride and joy’.
‘We are a very frugal, stingy family. If I want to spend anything I have to answer 100 questions of why,’ he explained.
‘Elon lives a very frugal life. He’s up at work at six o’clock.’
Errol said he worried Elon, who is currently single, will never find a woman who will give up her career to be part of his life, like Kimbal’s wife had done.
Errol was then asked about the relationship he shares with his 34-year-old stepdaughter Jana Bezuidenhout – who he is married to and shares two young children with.
He said he was married to the 34-year-old’s mother for two years in the 1990s and that he hadn’t seen or spoken to Ms Bezuidenhout after the divorce until 2014.
Elon Musks’s father revealed his son lives a very frugal life and is up at 6am every morning to go to work (pictured, Tesla staff)
He said it was when she reached out to him during a difficult time that their friendship turned into a romance.
When Kyle said he thought Jana was his biological daughter, Errol interjected.
‘No, no it’s completely normal,’ he said, to which Kyle agreed, despite the 42-year age gap.
Kyle then bizarrely asked what Elon’s penis looked like and if it was circumcised, blaming the personal question on the ‘promiscuous’ Australian women who wanted to know.
‘I’ll get him to send a photo,’ Errol joked.
Kyle concluded the interview by asking the father-of-seven if he could be his dad.
‘Maybe I am. Has your mother ever been to South Africa?’ Errol replied with Kyle screaming ‘daddy’ to the Musk patriarch.
Errol Musk revealed his Tesla CEO son Elon Musk (pictured in 2019) had never given him any money and admitted they were a ‘frugal, stingy family’
Last month, the 76-year-old revealed he had had a daughter with Ms Bezuidenhout in 2019, a year after they had their first child, Elliot Rush, now aged five.
He told The Sun he would like to have the children living with him but the last time they visited ‘the kids were starting to get on my nerves.’
He refused to rule out having even more children, however, saying: ‘The only thing we are on Earth for is to reproduce.’
Errol told the publication that his CEO son shared the opinions of his three sisters, who were creeped out by the relationship he had with their half-sister.
‘They still don’t like it. They still feel a bit creepy about it, because she’s their sister. Their half-sister,’ Errol said.
Musk started dating singer Grimes in May 2018 and she gave birth to their son X AE A-Xii, in May 2020 (Musk pictured with X)
Meanwhile, it also emerged Elon had welcomed twins last November with a senior executive at one of his companies, 36-year-old Shivon Zilis.
The twins arrived just a few weeks before Musk had a second child via surrogate with his on-off girlfriend Canadian pop star Claire Boucher, who goes by the alias Grimes.
The father-of-ten also has five children with his first wife, Canadian author Justine Musk.
A sixth child, their first, died of sudden infant death syndrome when they were just ten weeks old in 2002, prompting them to use invitro fertilisation.
Then Justine gave birth to twins — Vivian and Griffin — in 2004, followed by triplets — Kai, Saxon and Damian — in 2006.
Their eldest child, Vivian, 18, recently filed a legal request to change her first name to reflect that she is transgender and her last name to signal she doesn’t want ‘to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form’.