Grimes Claps Back At Elon Musk For Correcting Explanation Of Son's Name

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Singer Claire Elise Boucher, aka Grimes, and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk welcomed a son together on May 4, 2020, just two years after they first started dating in May 2018. Musk has five other kids – twins Griffin and Xavier and triplets Damian, Saxon, and Kai – from his previous marriage to Justine Musk.

Shortly after Musk confirmed that both Grimes and their son were in good health, he shared the little guy’s name — X Æ A-12 Musk, apparently. But is that really how it’s supposed to be pronounced? As you might imagine, the answer is complicated.

As it turns out, the moniker is a nod to the couple’s favorite things, as the singer relayed on Twitter. “X” stands for the “unknown variable,” the diphthong Æ stands for what Grimes called her “elven spelling of Ai,” and A-12 is a kind of aircraft the couple purports to enjoy, which is reportedly also known as the Archangel. Archangel also happens to be the title of Grimes’ favorite song, as she mentioned in her tweet.

But wait – that’s not all! Grimes concluded her announcement with the phrase, “metal rat.” As Business Insider noted,

“the Chinese zodiac includes both animal signs and five elements (earth, wood, water, fire, and metal), and 2020 is the year of the metal rat.”

Now that we’ve caught you up on the baby’s name, let’s fill you in on how Grimes reacted to Musk correcting her announcement. Hint: She didn’t take it too well.

As Grimes mentioned in the tweet about her son’s name, A-12 is the precursor to the couple’s favorite aircraft. But the singer called that aircraft the SR-17 instead of its correct name, which wa s the numbers flipped around. Elon Musk didn’t miss a beat clarifying the Vancouver native’s error, replying to her tweet,

“SR-71, but yes.”

Grimes, who was just one-day post-delivery when Musk sent out his tweet, clapped back,

“I am recovering from surgery and barely alive so may my typos b forgiven but, damnit. That was meant to be profound.”

Musk replied, quote, “U r a powerful” next to a princess and fairy emoji.

Grimes and Musk’s back-and-forth aside, it’s important to mention their son’s name can’t appear as X Æ A-12 Musk on the birth certificate, per California law. Attorney David Glass told People why:

“In California, you can only use the ’26 characters’ of the English language in your baby name. Thus, you can’t have numbers, Roman numerals, accents, umlauts, or other symbols or emojis. Although an apostrophe, for a name like ‘O’Connor,’ is acceptable.”

Glass added,

“They have an opportunity to appeal the rejection of the birth certificate application but it’s unlikely that it will be granted because, again, California … has been struggling with using symbols.”

Even if the name can’t be used as-is on a birth certificate, it probably won’t prevent the parents from using the unique name at home. But what is that pronunciation, exactly?. Elon Musk cleared this up during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, sharing,

“It’s just X, the letter X. And then the Æ is, like, pronounced ‘ash.’ And then A-12 is my contribution […] Archangel-12, the precursor to the SR-71, coolest plane ever.”

This would potentially translate to “X Ash Archangel”, which would legally meet the birth certificate requirements in California.

However, Musk’s pronunciation might differ from Grimes’ interpretation, as she told a fan something different. Grimes shared on Instagram:

“It’s just X, like the letter X. Then A.I. Like how you said the letter A then I.”

Hmm.

As for who came up with the baby’s moniker? That honor went to mama Grimes. Musk gushed to Rogan,

“She’s great at names.”

Since nobody seems to agree about how this baby’s name is pronounced, let’s switch gears to another mystery – where Musk and Grimes will live with their little one. We’re curious because a few days before their baby’s arrival, Musk declared he’s selling his houses. He declared on Twitter, quote, “Will own no house.” Say what?

The tech entrepreneur said of his decision,

“Don’t need the cash. Devoting myself to Mars and Earth. Possession just weighs you down.”

Grimes wasn’t happy with Musk’s interesting mission, as he noted on Twitter,

“My gf @Grimezsz is mad at me.” Watch the video to see how Grimes Claps Back At Elon Musk For Correcting Explanation Of Son’s Name!

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49 Comments
  1. Nicki Swift says

    What was your reaction to the naming of Elon and Grimes' baby?

  2. Sabih Malik says

    Damn at least they have a big story behind the name. My parents just found my name from a book…no backstory or nothing.

  3. Not So Pretty Queen says

    Poor substitute teacher

  4. Mike Noore says

    Claps back…. cringe af. Bro some weird chick named her kid a weird name. Y'all are weird

  5. Mittens4Kittens S.Crouching Tiger says

    They naming the baby, Racer X?
    🚀 Xavier Ashton XII Musk

  6. redcinos says

    Cute kid tho.

  7. Mittens4Kittens S.Crouching Tiger says

    That was fast, the baby that is. ⏭ Dated less than 12 months, and there’s a baby in the oven.
    X ae A12 = Xavier Ashton Angelus XII Musk
    He’s so cute! 🤗 Looks like the back and forth banter of the parents is just what parents do.
    Elon says Toma toe, Grimes says Tom A toe. 😏

  8. Leif Johnson says

    I do not get it. Elon could have any woman. Why in the world did he pick Grimes? She is kind of grotesque.

  9. San Diego says

    good thing these 2 psychos are rich, because they are way past koo koo cocoa puffs & will need a lot of psychotherapy in their lives, and likely so will their kid

  10. slardebard says

    These people are insane

  11. Kim Squier says

    I'm going w this is a troll… Or they are really going w it and rivaling Jason Lees- Pilot Inspektor. Or both. They more than likely have a nickname and keeping it private. It's a name .. 👍

  12. Oswaldo Espino says

    Musk is too old for this crap.
    a name is a name a number is a number a number is used to count and a name puts meaning into the love that your parents feel for you .
    but this two are robots with a child that will have all the money but love.

  13. RaiderKay says

    I actually like it a little ngl.

  14. Vianka Reyes says

    So is is Xai A-12
    Xaia twelve would be a pretty cool name

  15. The Galvinizer says

    Thats the stupidest name i have ever heard

  16. J Pnoy says

    The baby will be crying disowned me I'm not a cyborg

  17. Victor Ortega says

    My kids name would b
    “Bud light taco Tuesday Ford Mustang 2010 XLshirt”

  18. Alpha1111100 says

    so they are themselves confused about the name. pathetic!

  19. Jeffrey Robles says

    They should've named him Luke

  20. The Human Experience says

    00:07 Golf Wang top right corner ?

  21. Kelly Smith says

    Æ

  22. FurryTentacles says

    It's not really a "clapback" if they're a couple…….

  23. klass freudman says

    Von mir aus nennt ihn maugli und setzt ihn in den Urwald.

  24. where'smytaco04 says

    Wow she really clapped back didn’t she

  25. Tamara Gekon says

    Even the parents do not know how it is pronuced, how pathetic

  26. CodeNameContent says

    Imagine roll-call with a substitute teacher lmao I feel so sorry for this kid.

  27. Claire de Luna says

    Why do they hate their child?

  28. Vade1313 says

    X? A baby named x? It’s like they don’t have a name for “it” some they went with X? Poor kid, at least they have $.

  29. bananaman says

    The dislikes give me faith in humanity.

  30. A Tree says

    They really making a twitter joke between a couple into drama? Yeesh

  31. 57pixels says

    Imaging being Elon Musk Landlord 🤯

  32. Baby Killian says

    Why does no one report that Elon actually has 7 kids not 6 (his first one died of SIDS at 10 weeks old)

  33. S B says

    She smokes too much weed

  34. repetitive reality says

    JESUS take the wheel.

  35. Ma Jolie says

    This kid is not going to be made fun of.. he will attend the special school that all of Elon’s kids and astronaut kids go to. He will be fine

  36. Tasha The Truther says

    Its just like a celebrity to do some weird shit… then, when the public is like wtf? They act like WE are the weird ones for not understanding. Smh.

  37. yasirah blue says

    imagine going to starbucks and having to say your name is X Æ A – 12

  38. Coffee Holic says

    Poor kid doesn't stand a chance.

  39. Ryan Ashcroft says

    Grimes is an incredible artist

  40. stevie o'kane says

    Pair of wankers the 2 of them.

  41. Cherry Pie says

    No offense to all but honestly I feel sorry for their baby.

  42. NhacTre VN says

    Professor X is born.

  43. Zzxzxx Zzzz says

    yeah…demonic possession

  44. Tyrawrian says

    When his son's head/face will grow then the tatoo will just look like a birthmark or SexyVegans weird tatoos lol.

  45. Dubspez says

    X Æ A – 12 Born May 4th to pop singer Grimes and tech billionaire Elon Musk. Yeah this kid is the chosen one

  46. Rice Bao says

    Their child will have trouble shading his name on a scantron

  47. MrTrollbaby says

    african americans: shaniqualyaah

    south-african american: hold my baby

  48. Sada Sesshomaru says

    watch these two give this kid the most boring most common over used "legal" name ever .

  49. CurveTheRain says

    Neither of them SAID the name. They spelled it and explained each letter/number.

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