Elon Musk’s transgender daughter has “disowned” him and has filed to change her name so she is no longer “related” to him.
Born Xavier, Musk’s 18-year-old daughter has filed documents with the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County requesting a legal name change to Vivian Jenna Wilson, TMZ reports.
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Wilson is the last name of her mother – and Musk’s ex-wife – Justine, who was married to the tech billionaire from 2000 to 2008.
The legal name change will confirm her gender identity, but as part of her reasoning she wrote in her legal documents that she “no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”
A hearing on her request is due to take place on Friday.
Elon Musk has regularly taken to Twitter to mock the increasing use of pronouns to confirm one’s gender identity – a position that has drawn intense criticism and accusations of transphobia.
Cathy Renna, of the National LGBTQ Task Force in the US, said Musk had a “history of making anti-trans and disrespectful comments particularly about pronoun usage.”
“I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare,” Musk wrote in one tweet, whilst in another he bluntly announced, “Pronouns suck.”
Musk’s daughter has not commented publicly on her intention to legally change her name or “disown” her father.
She is one of five children Musk shares with Justine Wilson, including triplets and twins.
A sixth child, a son named Nevada, died at 10 weeks old from SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Musk also has two children – a son named X-AE-A-12 (known as X) and daughter Exa Dark Siderael – with musician Grimes, but they are no longer a couple.
Grimes identifies as gender neutral and has said in a number of interviews that their children will be raised in a gender-neutral environment.
“I don’t want to gender them in case that’s not how they feel in their life,” Grimes has said.
Since splitting from Musk, Grimes has been romantically linked with Chelsea Manning, the US Army analyst who was imprisoned after leaking military documents to WikiLeaks.
Manning, whose birth name was Bradley, accused Musk of being “transphobic” during an interview with The Daily Beast on June 13.
The interviewer suggests that Musk’s tweets became more frequent after rumors began circulating about Grimes and Manning – a rumor Manning did not confirm or deny.
“The one thing I will say is, he around that time definitely seemed transphobic, and rumor and speculation aside, that’s off-limits,” she said.
“I’m going to respond to it.
“Any transphobia in a transphobic environment is not OK.”
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