Inside Elon Musk’s relationship with his ‘protégé’ son, X Æ A-12: the Tesla billionaire is a father to nine kids but has a special bond with his mini-me, rocket-loving toddler, according to mum Grimes
Elon Musk is a keen advocate for higher child birth rates, once telling The New York Times that “babies are super cool” and “if people don’t have enough babies, humanity will disappear”.
Later, his son was sitting on his lap for a SpaceX video presentation with the billionaire. Musk kept laughing as X repeated “hi, hi, hi” into the camera.
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X Æ A-12 loves rockets
The couple’s son had an early introduction to technology and, according to his mum, has developed a fascination for rockets. In September, Grimes tweeted that their son gets frustrated when playing with toy rockets. She quoted him as saying, “f***n rocket is too f***n heavy.” Grimes said X Æ A-12 made the comment after the toy rocket failed to “reach orbit”.
When she was asked by a follower why she didn’t just buy her son a new toy, the Canadian singer replied that he destroys all the rockets because he doesn’t understand that they aren’t real and rips off parts of the toys, expecting them to launch. She added that he even accuses his mum of “trickery for giving him fake rockets”.
She later added that X says “rocket landing” all the time and described it as “very heart-warming”.
Elon Musk’s protégé?
In an interview with Vanity Fair earlier this year, Grimes revealed that Musk sees their son as a “protégé” and brings him to everything. She said that X is “out there” and the “best situation” for them as a family is having Musk train “the boy”.
In August, Musk took to Twitter to post a picture of himself with X, showcasing the father-son duo’s seemingly matching haircuts. He said the image was from Thanksgiving last year and captioned it “watching one too many episodes of Vikings”.
In January 2021, Grimes posted an image to her Instagram Stories, showing herself giving baby X his first haircut. At the time, she joked and said that she wasn’t sure she did a good job, but that he was a “viking now”.
Elon Musk and Grimes’ “fluid” relationship
- At just two years old, Musk’s son X Æ A-12 is already showing similar traits to his SpaceX CEO dad – Grimes tweeted that X was upset when his toy rocket failed to ‘reach orbit’
- The Canadian singer and Musk’s baby mama also said that the richest man in the world takes X everywhere with him, and the duo once sported matching Vikings haircuts, too