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Elon Musk: Tesla chief’s daughter cuts ties with her father

The petition for a name change and a new birth certificate for Elon Musk’s daughter was filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica.

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX founder and chief engineer Elon Musk reacts at a post-launch news conference to discuss the  SpaceX Crew Dragon astronaut capsule in-flight abort test at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo
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Elon Musk’s 18-year-old daughter has legally changed her name to disassociate herself from her father.

“I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,” she said in a petition for both a name change and a new birth certificate.

The teenager has asked to be recognised as female and have the name, Vivian Jenna Wilson. She was known as Xavier Alexander Musk.

Musk’s daughter also changed her gender recognition from male to female after turning 18, the age of consent in California.

The petition for both a name change and a new birth certificate was filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica.

Musk was married to Vivian’s mother, Canadian author Justine Wilson. The couple divorced in 2008.

Musk and Wilson have five children together. 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 called Xavier and Griffin and triplet boys - Damian, Kai and Saxon.

He has two other children, X Æ A-Xii and Exa Dark Sideræl - who goes by Y - with singer Grimes.

Proud of daughter

Wilson said in a tweet on Tuesday she is proud of her daughter. She did not immediately respond to additional request for comment.

There was no further detail of the apparent rift between Musk’s daughter and her father.

Musk, the world’s richest man, is engaged in a high-profile, $44 billion bid to take over social media platform Twitter.

Musk hits out

In a statement to the Daily Beast, Musk criticised media outlets for publishing the story about his daughter and her name.

“She does not want to be a public figure,” he said. “I think it is important to defend her right to privacy. Please don’t out someone against their will – it’s not right.”

On Father’s Day, the Tesla chief tweeted that he loves all his children. A hearing to finalise the name change will take place later this month.

The court document for his daughter’s name and gender change was filed a month before he publicly declared his support for the Republican Party, having previously voted Democrat.

In 2020 he wrote on Twitter “Pronouns suck” before deleting it. He then said: “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an aesthetic nightmare.”


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