Death is an inevitable part of life, and no one is immune to it, not even billionaires. Despite their immense resources, they too face challenges. Elon Musk, the visionary entrepreneur, is no exception. In 2002, a heartbreaking tragedy struck Musk and his then-wife, Justine.
Just ten days after welcoming their first child, Nevada Alexander, he died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This devastating condition can be caused by brain abnormalities, respiratory sickness and low birth weight, among others. They tragically discovered their son had stopped breathing after arriving home from a night out. The death hit Elon and Justine hard.
Two years later, the couple had twins, Griffin and Xavier. However, the tragic loss of Nevada left a lasting impact on Musk, who refrained from discussing it. In contrast, Justine grieved openly, causing unforeseen complications. Elon perceived her grieving as “emotionally manipulative,” according to a later interview with Justine. Following their visit to an IVF clinic, they had twins and eventually triplets.
Their contrasting approaches to coping with the tragedy likely contributed to the subsequent issues in their marriage. While Elon focused on moving forward, Justine observed that he struggled in “dark places” and considered this a survival mechanism.
While it’s unfair to psychoanalyze Musk’s subsequent behavior, he displayed some odd traits in his personal life. After divorcing Justine, he married and divorced British actress Talulah Riley twice. Later, he got into a relationship with musician Grimes (Claire Boucher), with whom he welcomed a son in May 2020.
That was when Elon’s behavior went slightly off the rails and became eccentric, if not downright bizarre. He named the baby boy an unpronounceable series of letters and numbers that were based on a song from Grimes album, but unfortunately the name was illegal under California law, so they had to go with a simpler series of letters instead.
Musk recently revealed that the correct pronunciation of the boy’s name is X-Ash-A-Twelve, which will create all sorts of interesting issues for the boy as he goes through life.
As Elon Musk remains young enough to father more children, one can only wonder what intriguing names he might choose in the future. Since separating from Grimes, he continues to forge his unique path, striving for fame, fortune, and remarkable achievements. The story of Elon Musk is much like a box of chocolates – full of surprises and captivating twists.