Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk, who is in the process of buying Twitter, had twins in November with an executive at Neuralink, another of his companies, bringing the number of his surviving children to nine, according to reports Business Insider.
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Elon Musk and Shivon Zilis, a 36-year-old Canadian, filed a petition in a Texas court in April to change the names of the two babies, according to an article published by the specialist website on Wednesday.
They wanted to give them their father’s surname and their mother’s surname as their middle name. Her application was approved by a judge, according to legal documents seen by Business Insider.
Shivon Zilis is Director of Operations and Special Projects at Neuralink, a multi-billion dollar startup specializing in neural implants.
The twins were born weeks before Elon Musk’s second child with musician Grimes in December. They dubbed her Exa Dark Sideræl Musk and commonly call her “Y”. Her boy born in 2020 answers “X”, abbreviated from X Æ A-12.
“I’d probably call him my boyfriend, but we’re very changeable,” Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, said in an interview with Vanity Fair in March. “We live in separate houses. We are best friends. We see each other all the time… (…) I don’t expect people to understand.”
The richest man in the world had six children with Justine Musk (née Wilson) in the 2000s, one of whom died a few weeks after birth.
One of them, a transgender girl, recently submitted a formal request to change her last name along with her gender in order to sever all ties with her father, according to legal documents seen by AFP.
“I no longer live with my birth father and I don’t want to be associated with him in any way,” she wrote.
Born Xavier Alexander Musk, she asked to be called Vivian Jenna Wilson, taking her mother’s maiden name, who divorced Elon Musk in 2008.
The 50-year-old has posted on Twitter in the past criticizing transgender or non-binary people asking to be identified by certain pronouns, including this December 2020 tweet: “I absolutely support trans people , but all these pronouns are aesthetic nightmares.