Elon Musk’s 18 year-old son has filed court documents seeking to legally change their gender from male to female and lose their last name, stating: ‘I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.’
Xavier Musk, 18, filed the paperwork in Santa Monica, California, on April 18, seeking to be known as Vivian Jenna Wilson. The transgender teenage explained that they wish to take their mother’s last name to distance them from their dad.
They have not commented on whether they receives financial support from their dad – whose $213 billion dollar fortune makes him the world’s richest man – and whether their disgust at his antics extends to refusing any further handouts.
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 teenage boys 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 been branded anti-gay and anti-transphobia in several rows. Last year he complained about people using their own pronouns and 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.
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 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, accusing the world’s richest man of bigotry.
Staffers at the ‘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 Chelsea were in a relationship.
At the time, Chelsea would neither confirm or deny that she and Grimes, Elon’s ex and the mother of two of his kids, 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 their 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
Grimes (left), mother of two of Musk’s six surviving children, is now said to be dating Chelsea Manning (right)