Elon Musk‘s 18 year-old son has filed court documents seeking to legally change their gender from male to female and lose his 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 she wishes to take her mother’s last name to distance herself from her dad.
She has not commented on whether she receives financial support from her dad – whose $213 billion dollar fortune makes him the world’s richest man – and whether her disgust at his antics extends to refusing any further handouts.
Musk was married to Xavier’s mother, Canadian author Justine Wilson, from 2008.
She gave birth to a son, Nevada, in 2002 who died after 10 days of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
She then had 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.
It is unclear what is behind Xavier’s rejection of his father, in such a public way. Musk has yet to comment, and it’s unclear if he was aware of Xavier’s plan prior to the court documents being filed.
Musk, 50, has been criticized in recent months for comments which some claimed were transphobic.
He 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.