ELON Musk's strained relationship with one of his seven children was thrust into the spotlight this week after it emerged the teen had filed a petition to change her gender.
The legal document reveals that former Xavier Alexander Musk, 18, wants to change her gender identity from male to female and to be known as Vivian Jenna Wilson, TMZ reported.
The former Xavier Alexander Musk, 18, said she’s changing her name because she “no longer lives with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form”.
It's not known if Musk was aware of the court documents being filed. On Fathers Day, Musk tweeted that he loved all of his kids "so much".
But it's not the first time Musk's relationship with his relatives has hit the headlines.
In fact, the Tesla tycoon's scandal-hit dad Errol has already rubbished his ex-wife’s claims that she is a domestic abuse survivor and that he once threatened to slash her face with a razor blade in a new YouTube interview.
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Errol, 76, also denied that he was violent to Elon or that his son lashed out at him to stop him beating his mother Maye Musk.
Responding for the first time since Canadian-born Maye accused him of abuse in her 2019 memoir “A Woman Makes a Plan”, Errol said the claims were “ridiculous, absurd and made up”.
The former electromechanical engineer has been revealing details of his relationship with Elon, 50, and Maye, 74, in a series of YouTube video interviews titled Dad of A Genius with a psychologist known as Anneke.
Asked by the therapist in a video released on Monday if he ever abused Elon’s mother physically and emotionally, he replied: “I never ever did that. I loved Maye very much.
“She was everything to me. And so that's ridiculous. It's absurd. I loved her more than anything that I've ever loved in my life.”
When asked specifically about the alleged incident with the razor blade, Errol said the first he heard about it was in a letter which Maye gave a then nine-year-old Elon to pass on to him.
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He claimed: “It said, ‘I'm sending him to you because of your threat to cut up my face with razor blades’, which I mean, that's ridiculous.
“It was made up.”
Errol says he believes that Maye’s allegations of domestic abuse against him are due to “bitterness”.
He said: “I think when she left she thought it was going to be really good and she was going to meet better people, somebody better.
“And it didn't turn out like that, she seemed to associate with people somewhat beneath her.
“And so she had a really hard time often. A really hard time. And I think that took its toll on her.”
Errol married model and dietitian Maye in 1970 after they had dated for six years but the pair divorced in 1979 after having three children together – Elon, Kimbal, and Tosca.
She has consistently stuck to her guns about the alleged abuse.
Maye told Harper’s Bazaar in 2019 that everyone she knew referred to her husband as “The Pig” because he treated her so badly in public.
Quizzed over claims by his daughter Tosca, 47, that she and her brothers would hide and cry while he beat Maye and Elon would pull at his legs, Eroll said it was “absolute nonsense”.
He explained: “I contacted Tosca, and said, ‘What is this?’
“She said to me, ‘Dad don’t worry about it, it’s just the media’. So I said okay and just left it.
“I mean, that's absolutely absurd.”
Errol also vehemently denied that he was violent with Elon when he was growing up.
He said: “I mean, there was just no reason. He was a very, very good child.
“There was absolutely no reason to be violent with Elon. So that's absurd.”
In a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Elon described his dad as a "terrible human being" and claimed his childhood was "painful and isolated".
Commenting on claims that he had referred to Maye as “ugly, stupid and boring” he said: “That's so absurd I don't know what to say.
“Maye is the most beautiful woman I've ever known.
“The second thing is Maye is incredibly clever, one of the most intelligent women I've ever met. Maye was also not boring, that’s why I married her.
“That's why I loved her, because she was so exciting. She was always ready for anything, to do anything.
“And that's one of the reasons that I loved her so much.”
Errol said that rather than Maye being terrified at living with him, it was in fact him who was scared of her.
“She’s really strict, she ran the house so you had to do what she said,” he claimed.
He also explained that his divorce from Maye came as a shock because it came shortly after they had had one of their best nights together as a couple.
Errol said that around two and a half years after the divorce Maye visited him and wanted to talk about their relationship but he was too “jaded and angry” to have a conversation with her.
He added: “If this had happened maybe a few months after the divorce, I would have maybe been more amenable.
“But it happened two and a half years later and I didn't think it was funny anymore what she had done.
“So I basically was not prepared to talk about and she left and that was more or less the last time I saw her.”
Vivian's mom is Justine Wilson, who divorced Musk in 2008.
She and Musk had twins Xavier and Griffin and triplets Damian, Kai, and Saxon, who are 16.
They welcomed the twins in 2004 after losing their first son Nevada Alexander Musk at 10 weeks old in 2002.
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In March 2022, Musk welcomed his second child with the pop star Grimes.
The Sun has contacted representatives for Maye and Elon for comment.
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