Tesla, SpaceX, and future Twitter boss Elon Musk have more than just their professional ventures making headlines; Musk’s personal life comes with its fair share of eyebrow-raising drama. His relationship with Canadian singer Grimes is one thing, but the strange names they gave their two children is another. Try saying your son’s name, X Æ A-Xii, five times really quickly, or even your daughter’s, Exa Dark Sideræl. Then, in April, we learned that his name was on a list of possible witnesses to testify in the bitter libel trial against Johnny Depp-Amber Heard because of his past relationship with the Aquaman actor.
In June, we learned that while Musk had daughter Exa Dark Sideræl with Grimes in December 2021, Musk has already moved on with Australian actress Natasha Bassett, who is currently in cinemas alongside Austin Butler and Tom Hanks in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis .” The drama isn’t just happening on screen, however, as on July 6 Insider released a report claiming Musk had twins with one of his top managers, Shivon Zilis, a month before he welcomed his daughter with Grimes , fathered. Lest we forget, he is already the father of five other children with his ex-wife Justin Wilson.
The man certainly loves procreation and now he apparently confirmed the news with some tongue-in-cheek tweets.
Elon Musk jokes he’s saving the world from ‘underpopulation crisis’
Tesla CEO Elon Musk seemingly mocks the news that he secretly fathered twins with one of his top executives last year while still expecting his daughter with ex-partner Grimes. On July 7, Musk tweeted a series of thoughts on Twitter (which he recently attempted to acquire through a hostile takeover) that appear to corroborate the news.
“I am doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis. A collapsing birth rate is by far the greatest danger facing civilization,” Musk wrote. Adding to the thread, he continued, “Mark my words, they’re unfortunately true.” But the posts didn’t end there. “Maybe Tesla should build a highly configurable Robovan for people and cargo?” he joked before finishing with, “I hope you have big families and congratulations to those who already do!”
Some critics, writing for the Washington Post and the Financial Times, derided the so-called “underpopulation crisis” as a sexist tactic to shame women for prioritizing their careers and autonomy over having children. In January, Harper’s Bazaar’s Ella Alexander slammed the over-fixation on declining birth rates as “absolving those in power of all responsibility.” Alexander wrote, “If we women take the blame, it means that governments do not have to address and fix the huge structural problems that impede motherhood.” These issues have included struggles related to accessible childcare, housing, medical supply and more.