August 8, 2022

He’s the world’s richest man with a £168billion fortune, a maverick genius whose Tesla electrical automobiles have revolutionised the motor trade and who vows that, earlier than the tip of this decade, his SpaceX rockets will land people on Mars.

And whereas Elon Musk is already a larger-than-life determine (actor Robert Downey Jr. based mostly his Iron Man character on him), the announcement this week that the 50-year-old has grow to be a father for the eighth time solely served to indicate his non-public life was simply as vibrant and futuristic as his skilled one.

For Musk and his on-off girlfriend Grimes, a Canadian singer whose actual identify is Claire Boucher, have determined to name their daughter – born final December through surrogate – Exa Darkish Sideræl Musk, or ‘Y’ for brief.

For Musk and his on-off girlfriend Grimes (pictured collectively), a Canadian singer whose actual identify is Claire Boucher, have determined to name their daughter – born final December through surrogate – Exa Darkish Sideræl Musk, or ‘Y’ for brief

The kid, born three months after the couple break up, had been stored a secret till Grimes, 33, gave an interview to Self-importance Truthful journal and the reporter heard a child crying in a bed room of her rented modest $40,000 ranch dwelling in a quiet suburb of Austin, Texas, close to Tesla’s HQ.

But it surely was when she revealed the newborn’s identify that the worldwide headlines – and web memes – exploded into life.

It was by no means probably that new Child Musk would have a standard moniker. In any case, the tycoon’s first baby with Grimes, a son born in Could 2020, was christened X AE A-12 (pronounced ‘X Ash A Twelve’) and is named ‘X’.

Musk is dating flame-haired Australian actress Natasha Bassett, 27, (pictured) who, friends insist, is attracted to his brains, not his bank balance

Musk is courting flame-haired Australian actress Natasha Bassett, 27, (pictured) who, pals insist, is drawn to his brains, not his financial institution steadiness

When requested about his uncommon identify, Grimes mentioned that it was a nod to their love of science fiction and the mythology of elves.

In an evidence some may discover mystifying, she continued: ‘X, the unknown variable. AE, my elven spelling of AI (synthetic intelligence), A-12, a precursor to SR-17, our favorite plane. No weapons, no defences, simply velocity. Nice in battle, however non-violent.’

Her account of their choice to name their daughter ‘Y’ was equally baffling, explaining that Exa is a reference to ‘exaFLOPS’ – a measure of supercomputer efficiency. She says ‘Darkish’ is consultant of ‘the unknown’, including: ‘Individuals concern it however really it’s the absence of photons. Darkish matter is the attractive thriller of our universe.’

Sideræl is each a nod to her favorite Lord of the Rings character, Galadriel, in addition to an ‘elven spelling’ of sidereal, or ‘the true time of the universe, star time, deep area time, not our relative Earth time’.

Grimes additionally refuses to be referred to as plain ‘Mum’, insisting her youngsters use her actual identify, Claire.

And whereas Musk has vowed to be absolutely concerned within the elevating of each youngsters – Grimes claims he’s already coaching ‘X’ to take over his enterprise empire – the couple have moved on to new romantic companions.

As The Mail on Sunday revealed this month, Musk is courting flame-haired Australian actress Natasha Bassett, 27, who, pals insist, is drawn to his brains, not his financial institution steadiness.

One advised this newspaper: ‘They have been pals first and solely grew to become romantic when he break up from Grimes. She’s beautiful and will have her decide of males, however says she adores Elon as a result of he’s so good and attention-grabbing to be round.’

Yesterday it was reported that Grimes is courting transgender former US soldier Chelsea Manning – previously Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to seven years in jail for handing 700,000 categorised paperwork to WikiLeaks.

Final night time, a supply who is aware of Musk mentioned a part of his ‘unconventional’ behaviour might be all the way down to his admission final 12 months that he has Asperger’s syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum.

The supply mentioned: ‘Elon doesn’t suppose like anybody else, which is what makes him so sensible.

‘He’s by no means led a typical life, so why would you anticipate his non-public life to be any much less chaotic and unpredictable than his enterprise life?

‘Elon is a real visionary, which is why he’s managed to create a number of billion-dollar corporations, together with PayPal. But it surely additionally makes his lifestyle unconventional.

‘He loves youngsters, however his focus is all the time on his work. He needs to be on the primary flight to Mars.

‘Sure, he’s quirky. His youngsters have been by no means going to be referred to as Jane or John. However he’s an important father. He’s very hands-on with all his children.’

Musk’s older youngsters embrace 17-year-old twins Griffin and Xavier and 16-year-old triplets Kai, Saxon and Damian, whom he had along with his first spouse Justine, a Canadian writer he met at college.

Of all his relationships this was, maybe, essentially the most standard.

Justine shuns the limelight however, in a uncommon 2011 interview with this newspaper, she advised how she met the person she referred to as ‘the love of my life’ after they have been penniless college students at Queen’s College in Ontario.

The son of a South African engineer and a Canadian mannequin, Musk was raised in Pretoria earlier than emigrating to Canada to check. Justine supported her ‘sensible’ husband as he attended Wharton, America’s prime enterprise faculty, then headed to Silicon Valley to start working within the ‘Wild West’ of the early web.

She mentioned that early ‘poor’ time was the happiest, including: ‘These days have been blissful. He felt he was my very own non-public Alexander the Nice. He’s sensible, charismatic, pushed, a genius. We have been equals.’

The pair married in 2000. Musk was, by then, a rich man having offered his first firm Zip2, which took newspapers on-line for the primary time, for £250million.

He ploughed that fortune into an internet fee system which grew to become PayPal, an organization he offered in 2002 for £950million.

Privately, the couple endured tragedy that 12 months when their first baby, a boy referred to as Nevada, died of sudden toddler loss of life syndrome at simply ten weeks.

Whereas Musk threw himself into his work to deal with the grief, Justine endured spherical after spherical of IVF remedies, which resulted in twins after which triplets.

However, she complained, her identification was misplaced as she was overshadowed by her pushed husband.

That is one thing Grimes has complained of, too, saying she was already a profitable recording artist earlier than she met Musk however has since been relegated to being a wealthy man’s ‘sidepiece’.

Justine defined: ‘The upper up you go the extra retro marriage turns into. Any feminine ambition outdoors the house turns into inconvenient. A person like Elon is an alpha male at work and that doesn’t simply flip off when he comes dwelling.

‘I needed love and help. In the long run I felt crushed. My self- confidence was shattered.

‘We had massive fights. I’d scream, ‘I’m your spouse, not your worker!’, and he’d yell again, ‘In case you have been my worker I’d hearth you!’

Her shallowness was shattered additional when, simply six weeks after their multi-million-pound divorce grew to become ultimate, Musk married British actress Talulah Riley, a starlet 15 years his junior who was in movies similar to St Trinian’s, The Boat That Rocked and Pleasure & Prejudice.

Though the pair met after his break up from Justine, the velocity of their whirlwind romance left these inside Musk’s internal circle reeling.

‘He’s by no means been a person who takes no for a solution,’ the primary Mrs Musk mentioned tearfully. ‘He’s a man who seals the deal in enterprise and in non-public. If he needed Talulah she didn’t stand a lot of an opportunity.’

The tycoon married his second spouse in 2010 in a lavish wedding ceremony at Skibo Fort in Scotland – the place Madonna married Man Ritchie.

They divorced two years later, then reconciled and remarried. They divorced for the second time in 2016. Ms Riley is reported to have walked away with £20million.

Musk went on so far Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard in late 2016 however they break up a 12 months later with him admitting: ‘I used to be actually in love and it harm dangerous.’ When he met Grimes in 2018 – initially over Twitter via a shared joke about synthetic intelligence – it appeared he could have met his quirky match.

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The daughter of a lawyer mom and businessman father, she started creating music – a combination of digital, ‘dream pop’ and hip hop – on her pc earlier than growing a cult following on-line together with her music, which regularly incorporates sci-fi themes.

She has made six albums and lately signed with Columbia Data, however complains she has been pigeonholed by her affiliation with Musk, whom she calls ‘E’. (He calls her ‘c’, the scientific image for the velocity of sunshine).

Regardless of learning astrophysics and neuroscience, she complained: ‘It’s actually annoying as a result of folks suppose I’m an airhead….I spent ten years f****** producing, writing, engineering, each single f****** factor by myself. And I f****** proved myself.’

Musk’s pals imagine he won’t ever calm down.

Previously 12 months he has offered three properties in Los Angeles – for greater than £77million.

He jets round in a Gulfstream non-public plane and vows by no means to personal a house once more, tweeting: ‘I’m promoting nearly all bodily possessions. Will personal no home.’

In the meantime, his eccentric behaviour has infuriated critics.

He was sued by British diver Vernon Unsworth, who was concerned within the rescue of 12 Thai boys from an underground cave. When Mr Unsworth accused him of being an attention-seeker, Musk referred to as him ‘pedo man’ on Twitter. Unsworth sued for defamation however misplaced. Musk mentioned it was a mere insult and to not be taken actually.

In 2018 Musk tweeted he was pondering of taking Tesla non-public at £310 a share – greater than its buying and selling worth on the time – and was fined £30million by the US Safety and Alternate Fee, which regulates Wall Road, and was pressured to give up as Tesla chairman.

Final November he misplaced $50billion in two days after asking his Twitter followers whether or not he ought to promote ten per cent of his Tesla shock. When 58 per cent of respondents mentioned ‘Sure’ it raised the prospect of a big share sale, which despatched shares tumbling within the greatest two-day decline ever recorded by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. When he overtly smoked marijuana throughout a podcast, two Tesla executives give up and shares within the agency crashed by ten per cent.

But he stays the world’s richest man and was final 12 months named Particular person of the 12 months by Time journal, which gushed that he was a ‘man-god’ who ‘desires of Mars as he bestrides Earth, square-jawed and indomitable’.

His acquaintance mentioned: ‘Elon does what Elon needs to do. Nobody can management him. That’s what makes him a genius, however additionally it is what makes him flawed.’

Regardless of their break up, Grimes insists she and Musk will broaden their household, saying: ‘We’ve all the time needed at the very least three or 4.’

Regardless of the future holds, one factor is for sure. If and when these infants arrive they’re unlikely to have boring names.