Elon Musk’s child petitions to change last name, citing desire to cut ties with Tesla CEO

SpaceX and Tesla's Elon Musk shrugs his shoulders
SpaceX owner and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Awards in Germany in 2020.
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One of Elon Musk’s children has filed a request in Los Angeles County Superior Court to change their last name from Musk, citing a desire to cut ties with their famous father.

Vivian Jenna Wilson filed the petition to legally change names on April 18, a day after turning 18, court documents show.

Wilson cited gender identity as a reason for the name change and “the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”


From regulatory scrapes to shareholder tussles to a Hollywood couple’s scorched-earth divorce aftermath, Elon Musk’s name has been everywhere lately.

April 29, 2022

The teen is one of five children Musk shares with writer Justine Wilson. The couple filed for divorce in 2008.

In addition to his children with Wilson, Musk has two children with musician Grimes.

The Tesla Inc. chief executive has previously come under fire for criticizing the use of preferred pronouns for transgender and nonbinary people, including two 2020 tweets that read: “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare” and “Pronouns suck.”

Currently the world’s richest man, Musk has made recent headlines with his ongoing attempt to purchase Twitter for $44 billion and for using his SpaceX satellite dishes to provide internet access in war-torn Ukraine.