Elon Musk’s daughter has eschewed her father’s name and is now officially Vivian Jenna Wilson, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Vivian, 18, officially adopted her mother, Justine’s, maiden name as well as being granted a gender change, reports TMZ.
She was earlier quoted as saying in court documents the name change was motivated by ‘the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.’
A new birth certificate reflecting the name and gender change will be issued shortly. The judge’s ruling simply read: ‘The petitioner’s name is changed from Xavier Alexander Musk to Vivian Jenna Wilson. The gender of the petitioner is changed from male to female.’
Vivian, 18, who has a twin named Griffin, filed court papers to make the change in April but they did not come to light until this week.
Vivian is now facing a court hearing on Friday morning in Santa Monica to confirm her change of gender and name.
Musk has not yet commented on the paperwork. In a tweet on Monday night, Justine said: ”I had a weird childhood,’ my 18 year old said to me.’
‘I can’t believe I’m as normal-seeming as I am.’ ‘I said, ‘I’m very proud of you.’ ‘I’m proud of myself!’
Justine’s tweet came as controversial past remarks by Elon about transgender issues resurfaced in light of the announcement.
Musk has a history of making controversial comments about trans people, declaring in 2020 that ‘pronouns suck’ and adding: ‘I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.’
He also has declared his support for Florida governor Ron DeSantis who sparked a controversy with a bill nicknamed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill that bans teaching children in third grade or below anything about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Vivian filed the paperwork three days after her 18th birthday, but it only became public on Monday, the day after Fathers Day. Neither she nor her twin brother Griffin have been seen publicly recently.
Musk was married to Vivian’s mother, Canadian author Justine Wilson, from 2000 until 2008. Their first son, Nevada, was born in 2002 and died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at 10 weeks. The pair went on to have twin sons – Xavier and Griffin – and triplet boys: Damian, Kai and Saxon, now 16.
Shown above is Xavier, who has since changed her name and gender to become Vivian. This pictured was taken at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland, Australia, in 2017 when she would have been 12 years old
Vivian (formerly Xavier) is shown far left. Griffin is shown in white and one of their brothers is shown front. Actress Amber Heard was with the family at the time
Elon Musk and his second wife, British actress Talulah Riley, are pictured in 2015 with Xavier and Griffin. Musk began dating Riley in 2008 and married her for the first time in 2010. That marriage ended in divorce in 2012 only for the couple to remarry in 2013 and split again in 2014. Their divorce was finalized in 2016
Yesterday, DailyMail.com obtained photos of Vivian’s mother, Justine, dressed down in a black top and baggy jeans, shortly after her child revealed her plans to change gender and cut ties with her billionaire father.
Under California law, those petitioning to change their name and gender automatically have a hearing scheduled for six weeks after filing their petition to give anyone who objects time to counter-file, provided they have ‘good cause’.
If no objections are forthcoming, the judge will automatically grant the name or gender change.
Anyone who does object has to appear to explain their reasons in front of a judge and the petitioner is allowed to offer counter-arguments before the judge decides.
Dressed down in a black top and baggy jeans, Elon Musk’s ex-wife Justine was seen for the first time since their son Xavier – now daughter Vivian – revealed her plans to change gender and cut ties with her billionaire father
Justine is the mother of 18-year-old Xavier Musk who has petitioned a California court to recognize her new name, Vivian, and to cut ties with her father
Justine, 49, declined to discuss the case outside of her Brentwood, California, home but previously told of her pride in Vivian in a recent post on Twitter.
Photos of the children are rare but an old Flickr account owned by Wilson and unearthed by DailyMail.com gives an insight into their simple childhood, with the boys pictured reading, tucking into supper at a restaurant and playing on the family patio.
Musk, 50, has two other children with Canadian singer Grimes, 33: two-year-old X Æ A-12 and Exa Dark Sideræl, six months – nicknamed X and Y by their parents.
Wilson and Musk split acrimoniously in 2008, with Wilson going on to write an essay in Marie Claire in 2010 in which she described herself as a ‘starter wife’ and revealed her anger over his engagement to British actress Talulah Riley just six weeks after he filed for divorce.
She also told how Musk declared himself the ‘alpha’ in their relationship and treated her like an employee to which he would often respond: ‘If you were my employee, I would fire you.’
When their oldest son Nevada died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2002, Wilson said Musk regarded her grievance as ’emotional manipulation’ and refused to talk about the baby.
Although they went on to have five children, she said he regarded her as insignificant and pushed her into becoming a trophy wife cliché.
After they split, Wilson said they communicated via his assistant, although she did strike up a friendship with Riley who married and divorced Musk twice but had no children with him.
Riley, 36, described Musk as a devoted dad, telling biographer Ashlee Vance: ‘He tries to come home early for family dinners with me and the kids and maybe play some computer games with the boys.’
Following his divorce from Riley in 2016, Musk went on to date Amber Heard, 36, who posted photos of herself playing with his children to her Instagram.
Musk then went on to have a long relationship and two children with Grimes, who is now dating Chelsea Manning.
In 2020, the entrepreneur said in an interview with the New York Times that he is a hands-off dad to his younger children but said he has more of a role when they get older.
The Tesla boss said: ‘If I have a trip for Tesla to China, for example, I’ll bring the kids with me and we’ll go see the Great Wall or we took the bullet train from Beijing to Xian and saw the Terracotta Warriors.’