Elon Musk baby count: nine (that we know of, at least)
According to Elon Musk’s tweet following news that he secretly had twins with one of his company’s executives last year, he is just doing his part to help populate Earth. “Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis,” he tweeted on Thursday, July 7. “A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far.” He added: “Mark my words, they are sadly true.”
According to court documents obtained by Insider, Musk welcomed twins with Neuralink’sShivon Zilis in 2021, bringing his total known children to nine.
In April, the Tesla CEO and Zilis filed a petition to change the two children’s names to “have their father’s last name and contain their mother’s last name as part of their middle name,” according to the outlet.
The twins arrived just before he and Grimes had a surrogate baby in December. The twins’ mother currently works as the director of operations and special projects for Neuralink, for which Musk is co-CEO, according to Reuters.
The news about the richest man on the planet’s two children comes just days after his 18-year-old child Vivian Jenna Wilson was granted a name and gender change in California, removing “Musk” from her legal name and choosing a first name that reflects her gender identity.
Wilson told the court she wanted the name change due to “the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father [Musk] in any way, shape or form,” NBC reports.
Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was accused of exposing his penis to a flight attendant for SpaceX, his aerospace company. In 2018, the attendant was paid $250,000 to settle the case.
Grimes revealed in March that she and Musk had welcomed their second child, Exa Dark Sidereal. Her nickname is “Y,” after her older brother, “X.”
Asked by Vanity Fair whether the two were still “together,” Grimes said at the time, “There’s no real word for it … I would probably refer to him as my boyfriend, but we’re very fluid. We live in separate houses. We’re best friends. We see each other all the time … We just have our own thing going on, and I don’t expect other people to understand it.”
Grimes added that they planned on having more kids as well. “We’ve always wanted at least three or four,” she said.
She later tweeted that the two were no longer together, but that Musk was still “the love of my life.”
Musk and Amber Heard, who dated briefly in 2016, may have frozen embryos together, according to Insider. During the Depp-Heard trial, the boss of Heard’s sister testified that she heard from Heard’s mother that the actress was “in a legal battle with him over the rights to embryos they had created together.” She added: “He wanted to destroy them, and Amber tried to keep them to have a baby.”
Perhaps Musk’s next mission will not be to space, but to launch babies in order to change the fertility rate in the United States: After all, a chart showing the country’s low birth rate is pinned to his Twitter profile. “USA birth rate has been below min sustainable levels for ~50 years,” reads the tweet.