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Inside Elon Musk’s love life and family as Tesla billionaire welcomes daughter Exa Dark Sideræl


Tesla billionaire Elon Musk and his ex-girlfriend Grimes have secretly welcomed a second child together via surrogate – a baby girl named Exa Dark Sideræl, or ‘Y’ for short – the singer has revealed.

The 33-year-old musician shared the exciting news about their newest arrival during a recent interview with Vanity Fair, which hit stands this week.

While chatting with the mag, she revealed that their daughter was born in December and referred to Elon, 50, as her ‘boyfriend,’ however, hours after it came out, Grimes took to Twitter to state that they had broken up since doing the interview.

Elon and Grimes’ have a long and complicated relationship, and this isn’t the first time that they have split. 

Back in September – less than six months before the surprise baby announcement – Elon told Page Six that he and Grimes were ‘semi-separated,’ after dating for three-years. There were also rumors that they had gone their separate ways briefly in 2018.

Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk and his ex-girlfriend Grimes have secretly welcomed a second child together via surrogate – a baby girl named Exa Dark Sideræl, or ‘Y’ for short

In honor of Elon's new bundle of joy, FEMAIL has broken down his convoluted and confusing love life, and lifted the lid on his very unique family. He is pictured with son X Æ A-12

In honor of Elon’s new bundle of joy, FEMAIL has broken down his convoluted and confusing love life, and lifted the lid on his very unique family. He is pictured with son X Æ A-12

The mogul has five other kids from his previous marriage to author Justine Wilson, whom he split from in 2008. He is pictured with his triplets, who were born in 2006

The mogul has five other kids from his previous marriage to author Justine Wilson, whom he split from in 2008. He is pictured with his triplets, who were born in 2006

Despite their tangled on-and-off again romance, the couple has continued to grow their family. This is their second child together – as they previously welcomed a son named X Æ A-12 in May 2020, whom they call ‘X.’   

Aside from his complex dating life, Elon’s living condition is also somewhat of a mystery. 

It is currently unclear where exactly the business mogul – who has an estimated net worth of around $221 billion – is living.

He announced last year that he was ‘selling almost all physical possessions,’ including several California properties amounting to more than $100 million – and $15 billion worth of Tesla stock.

He purportedly then moved into a 75-square-foot $50,000 ‘Tiny House’ close to SpaceX’s Starbase rocket-launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. 

Elon, who founded aerospace manufacturer in 2002, has five other kids from his previous marriage to author Justine Wilson, whom he split from in 2008.

They suffered heartbreak within the first two years of their marriage, when their 10-week old son tragically died in his sleep. 

After their divorce, she accused the entrepreneur – who has been called the wealthiest person in the world by Forbes – of treating her more like an ’employee’ than a ‘wife,’ while slamming him for not showing her ‘equality’ or ‘partnership.’ 

He then began dating English actress Talulah Riley, whom he married and divorced two different times within six years.

He was also briefly linked to Amber Heard after she split from Johnny Depp. The actor later accused the two of having an affair – which they have both denied.  

From his multiple marriages to his seven children, here’s what we know about the billionaire’s intricate and elaborate personal life.

How Elon’s first marriage to ex-wife Justine ended in turmoil after birth of six kids – including infant son they lost to SIDS at 10 weeks old 

Elon and Justine met while they were both attending Queen's University, and they tied the knot in 2000. Then, the couple tragically lost their 10-week old son, Nevada Alexander, in 2002

Elon and Justine met while they were both attending Queen’s University, and they tied the knot in 2000. Then, the couple tragically lost their 10-week old son, Nevada Alexander, in 2002

Elon and Justine Wilson, now 49, met while they were both attending Queen’s University, and they tied the knot in 2000.

While discussing the day they first met, Justine described Elon as a ‘clean-cut, upper-class boy with a South African accent who appeared in front of her one afternoon as she was leaping up the steps to her dorm,’ during an essay for Marie Claire, which was written in 2010.

‘He said we’d met at a party I knew I hadn’t been to. (Years later, he would confess that he had noticed me from across the common room and decided he wanted to meet me.)

‘He invited me out for ice cream. I said yes, but then blew him off with a note on my dorm-room door. 

‘Several hours later, my head bent over my Spanish text in an overheated room in the student center, I heard a polite cough behind me. 

‘Elon was smiling awkwardly, two chocolate-chip ice cream cones dripping down his hands. He’s not a man who takes no for an answer.’ 

They couple tragically lost their 10-week old son, Nevada Alexander, in 2002, when he died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 

They then welcomed twins Griffin and Xavier, now 17, in 2004, and triplets Kai, Saxon, and Damian, now 15, in 2006; all five of the children were conceived via IVF. 

In her essay, Justine recalled feeling more like an ’employee’ than a ‘wife’ to Elon.

‘He had grown up in the male-dominated culture of South Africa, and the will to compete and dominate that made him so successful in business did not magically shut off when he came home,’ she explained.

‘This, and the vast economic imbalance between us, meant that in the months following our wedding, a certain dynamic began to take hold. 

‘Elon’s judgment overruled mine, and he was constantly remarking on the ways he found me lacking. “I am your wife,” I told him repeatedly, “not your employee.”

They welcomed twins Griffin and Xavier (pictured with Elon and his second wife, Talulah Riley, in 2010), in 2004, and triplets Kai, Saxon, and Damian, in 2006

They welcomed twins Griffin and Xavier (pictured with Elon and his second wife, Talulah Riley, in 2010), in 2004, and triplets Kai, Saxon, and Damian, in 2006

Their five children have largely managed to remain out of the spotlight. Twins Griffin and Xavier are pictured with Elon and his second wife, Talulah, in 2010

Their five children have largely managed to remain out of the spotlight. Twins Griffin and Xavier are pictured with Elon and his second wife, Talulah, in 2010

Twins Griffin and Xavier are pictured with Elon and his second wife, Talulah, in 2015

Twins Griffin and Xavier are pictured with Elon and his second wife, Talulah, in 2015 

‘”If you were my employee,” he said just as often, “I would fire you.”‘

She said that what ultimately led to their divorce in 2008 was a car accident, where her first thought was, ‘My husband is going to kill me.’

She added: ‘In my mind’s eye, I could suddenly see myself: a woman who’d gotten very thin, and very blonde, stumbling out of a very expensive car with the front-left wheel smashed in. 

‘I barely recognized myself. I had turned into a trophy wife – and I sucked at it. I wasn’t detail-oriented enough to maintain a perfect house or be a perfect hostess.

‘I could no longer hide my boredom when the men talked and the women smiled and listened. I wasn’t interested in Botox or makeup or reducing the appearance of the scars from my C-sections. 

‘And no matter how many highlights I got, Elon pushed me to be blonder. “Go platinum,” he kept saying, and I kept refusing.

‘Not long after the accident, I sat on our bed with my knees pulled up to my chest and tears in my eyes. I told Elon, in a soft voice that was nonetheless filled with conviction, that I needed our life to change.

‘I didn’t want to be a sideline player in the multimillion-dollar spectacle of my husband’s life. I wanted equality. I wanted partnership. I wanted to love and be loved, the way we had before he made all his millions.’

After one month of counseling, Elon filed for divorce. As of 2010 when the essay was written, Justine said she and Elon were ‘estranged,’ but that she did not regret their relationship.

It was revealed in 2018 that all of boys were being educated at a radical, ultra-exclusive school set up by the Tesla founder at his SpaceX headquarters. His son Saxon is pictured in 2017

It was revealed in 2018 that all of boys were being educated at a radical, ultra-exclusive school set up by the Tesla founder at his SpaceX headquarters. His son Saxon is pictured in 2017

As of 2018, the 'experimental school' was being attended by a very small, select group of students, including Elon's five sons. Kai  is pictured in August 2017

As of 2018, the 'experimental school' was being attended by a very small, select group of students, including Elon's five sons. Damian is pictured in August 2017

As of 2018, the ‘experimental school’ was being attended by a very small, select group of students, including Elon’s five sons. Kai (left) and Damian (right) are pictured in August 2017

‘Although I am estranged from Elon – when it comes to the children, I deal with his assistant – I don’t regret my marriage,’ she wrote.

‘I’ve worked through some anger, both at Elon for rendering me so disposable, and at myself for buying into a fairy tale when I should have known better.

‘But I will always respect the brilliant and visionary person that he is. I also can’t regret the divorce (our case was bifurcated, which means that even though the property issues aren’t settled, our marriage is legally dead). 

‘Elon and I share custody of the children, who are thriving. I feel grounded now, and deeply grateful for my life.’

Their five children have largely managed to remain out of the spotlight, although it was revealed in 2018 that all of boys were being educated at a radical, ultra-exclusive school set up by the Tesla founder at his SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. 

The ‘experimental’ school, which is called Ad Astra, meaning ‘to the stars’ in Latin, was set up in 2014.

As of 2018, it was being attended by a very small, select group of students, including Elon’s five sons and the offspring of several SpaceX employees.

Although few details about the school’s methods have been revealed, some reports suggest that its students are subjected to a host of very unconventional teaching techniques.

Previous reports on Ad Astra also stated that the children are allowed to skip any subjects they don’t like, spend time building flamethrowers and learn how to ‘defeat evil A.I.s.’

Elon created Ad Astra to ‘exceed traditional school metrics on all relevant subject matter through unique project-based learning experiences,’ according to a previously unreported document filed with the IRS and uncovered by tech-focused publication Ars Technica.

The wife Elon married (and divorced) TWICE: Rollercoaster romance with actress Talulah Riley saw her walk away with $16 million 

Following his split from Justine, Elon began dating British star Talulah Riley, who is most known for her role in Pride & Prejudice. They are pictured in 2012

Following his split from Justine, Elon began dating British star Talulah Riley, who is most known for her role in Pride & Prejudice. They are pictured in 2012

Following his split from Justine, Elon began dating British star Talulah Riley, who is most known for her roles in Pride & Prejudice, St. Trinian’s, Fritton’s Gold, The Boat That Rocked, Inception, Westworld, and Bloodshot.

It was said that they met at a bar in London, with Ashlee Vance writing in her book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, that they 'hit it off immediately.' They are pictured in 2013

It was said that they met at a bar in London, with Ashlee Vance writing in her book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, that they ‘hit it off immediately.’ They are pictured in 2013

It was said that they met at a bar in London, with Ashlee Vance writing in her book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future that they ‘hit it off immediately.’

‘I remember thinking that this guy probably didn’t get to talk to young actresses a lot and that he seemed quite nervous,’ Talulah said of the night they met.

‘I decided to be really nice to him and give him a nice evening. Little did I know that he’d spoken to a lot of pretty girls in his life.’

Talulah, now 36 – who was a virgin when she began dating Elon in 2008 – first tied the knot with the Tesla architect in 2010.

However, their first marriage ended in 2012, when she reportedly walked away with $16 million as part of a divorce settlement.

‘It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever. You will make someone very happy one day,’ he tweeted at the time. 

By the following summer, they had remarried. But then, in December 2014, she filed for divorce a second time, only to withdraw her lawsuit the following year. 

In March 2016, Talulah requested a divorce a third time, and the pair split for good; the couple did not have any children together. 

Elon told Forbes at the time, ‘We took some time apart for several months to see if absence makes the heart grow fonder, and unfortunately it did not.

Talulah, now 36, first tied the knot with Elon in 2010, but they split in 2012, when she walked away with $16 million as part of a divorce settlement. They are pictured in 2011

Talulah, now 36, first tied the knot with Elon in 2010, but they split in 2012, when she walked away with $16 million as part of a divorce settlement. They are pictured in 2011

By the next summer, they had remarried. But then, in December 2014, she filed for divorce a second time, only to withdraw her lawsuit the following year. They are pictured in 2014

In March 2016, Talulah requested a divorce a third time, and the pair split for good; the couple did not have any children together. They are pictured in 2015

They remarried the next summer. In March 2016, Talulah requested a divorce again, and the pair split for good. They are pictured in 2014 (left) and 2015 (right)

‘I still love her, but I’m not in love with her. And I can’t really give her what she wants.’

He also called her ‘a great woman’ and said he will ‘always be friends’ with her.

At the time, he said he had no interest in marrying again for a while, adding, ‘I think it would be extremely unwise for me to jump into a third marriage without spending considerable time figuring out if the third one will work.

‘It was never my intention to have a short marriage. Essentially I’d want to be super sure before getting married again, but I certainly would love to be in a relationship. For sure.’

From third divorce to a rumored affair with Amber Heard that ended in heartbreak for the Tesla billionaire

Elon dated Amber Heard (pictured in 2017) for several months in late 2016 and early 2017. After they split, he said he was 'really in love' with Amber and that their breakup 'hurt bad'

Elon dated Amber Heard (pictured in 2017) for several months in late 2016 and early 2017. After they split, he said he was ‘really in love’ with Amber and that their breakup ‘hurt bad’

Amber's ex-husband Johnny Depp later accused Amber of cheating on him with Elon while they were still married, but both of Elon and Amber denied the affair. They are pictured in 2017

Amber’s ex-husband Johnny Depp later accused Amber of cheating on him with Elon while they were still married, but both of Elon and Amber denied the affair. They are pictured in 2017

Elon dated actress Amber Heard, 35, for several months in late 2016 and early 2017, after he reportedly pursued her for many years.

Amber’s ex-husband Johnny later accused Amber of cheating on him with Elon while they were still married, but both of Elon and Amber denied the affair. 

They split in the summer of 2017, and afterwards, he told Rolling Stone in November 2017 that he was ‘really in love’ with Amber and that their breakup ‘hurt bad.’

‘She broke up with me more than I broke up with her, I think,’ he told the outlet at the time.

‘I’ve been in severe emotional pain for the last few weeks. Severe. It took every ounce of will to be able to do the Model 3 event and not look like the most depressed guy around. For most of that day, I was morbid.’

He continued, ‘If I’m not in love, if I’m not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy.

‘I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me. It’s not like I don’t know what that feels like: Being in a big empty house, and the footsteps echoing through the hallway, no one there – and no one on the pillow next to you. F**k. How do you make yourself happy in a situation like that?’

‘Best friends’ forever? Elon and Grimes’ on-again-off-again romance ends with second split months after birth of their second child – but she insists he’s still ‘the love of her life’ 

Elon and Grimes began dating in April 2018 after reportedly meeting online, a month before they made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala (pictured)

Elon and Grimes began dating in April 2018 after reportedly meeting online, a month before they made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala (pictured)

Elon and Grimes began dating in April 2018, a month before they made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala.

A source told Page Six at the time that they met online ‘through a joke about artificial intelligence that Musk had planned to tweet, but discovered Grimes had already made.’

Rumors started to swirl that they had split by that fall, after the pair unfollowed each other on Twitter, however, Grimes insisted that they were still together during a March 2019 interview with Wall Street Journal.

Then, in January 2020, she announced that she was pregnant with their first child via Instagram, when she shared a pic of her baby bump, with no caption. They then welcomed their son in May of the same year, who is now 22-month old.

After his birth, the couple was forced to change the spelling of their son’s name in order to comply with California law, which prohibits the use of any numbers of symbols in a name.

Instead of X Æ A-12, they revealed just a few weeks after the baby was born that his birth certificate would be registered under the name X AE A-Xii – using the Roman numeral version of the number ’12’ and changing the character æ to AE.  

Describing her role in her son’s life, Grimes told Vanity Fair that she has taken responsibility for ‘handling his creative stuff,’ while she notes that Elon ‘really sees [X] as a protégé.’

Rumors started to swirl that they had split by that fall, however, Grimes insisted that they were still together during a March 2019 interview. She and Elon are pictured in 2018

Rumors started to swirl that they had split by that fall, however, Grimes insisted that they were still together during a March 2019 interview. She and Elon are pictured in 2018

Then, in January 2020, she announced that she was pregnant with their first child via Instagram. They then welcomed their son, whom they call X, in May of the same year

Then, in January 2020, she announced that she was pregnant with their first child via Instagram. They then welcomed their son, whom they call X, in May of the same year

More than a year after welcoming their son – in September 2021 – Elon told Page Six that they were ‘semi-separated.’

‘We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,’ he said.

‘It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.’

Grimes relocated in December from her home in Los Angeles to a property in Austin, Texas, where she is currently residing in a ‘sleepy neighborhood cul-de-sac’ that is located ‘a short drive’ away from Tesla’s factory.

Describing her role in her son's life, Grimes told Vanity Fair that she has taken responsibility for 'handling his creative stuff,' while she notes that Elon 'really sees [X] as a protégé.' Elon and X are pictured in February 2021

Describing her role in her son’s life, Grimes told Vanity Fair that she has taken responsibility for ‘handling his creative stuff,’ while she notes that Elon ‘really sees [X] as a protégé.’ Elon and X are pictured in February 2021

They then welcomed their second child via surrogate that same month.

According to the singer, the newborn’s quirky first name, Exa, was inspired by the supercomputing term exaFLOPS, which is ‘the ability to perform one quintillion floating-point operations per second,’ while her second name Dark, is a nod to dark matter and ‘the unknown.’

‘People fear it but truly it’s the absence of photons. Dark matter is the beautiful mystery of our universe,’ she told the magazine. 

Finally, Sideræl, which is pronounced sigh-deer-ee-el, is a ‘more elven spelling’ of sidereal, which Grimes described as ‘the true time of the universe, star time, deep space time, not our relative earth time.’ 

Their daughter’s third name is also a reference to Grimes’ favorite Lord of the Rings character, the elf Galadriel.

The couple will call their baby daughter ‘Y’ for short, following the trend they started with the arrival of their first-born child, son X Æ A-12, who Grimes gave birth to in May 2020, and whom she and Elon call ‘X.’  

If Elon and Grimes choose to register their newborn daughter’s birth certificate in Texas, they will have to alter the spelling of her name, like they did with their son, removing the symbol æ once again in order to comply with state regulations, which only allow English characters to be used in a name. 

She said she wants to keep her daughter's life as private as possible - unlike her son X (pictured in November 2021) who has been featured numerous times on his father's social media

She said she wants to keep her daughter’s life as private as possible – unlike her son X (pictured in November 2021) who has been featured numerous times on his father’s social media

She noted that her son 'out there' because Elon has been 'bringing him to everything,' however she doesn't want her daughter to have the same attention. Elon and X are pictured in December 2021

She noted that her son ‘out there’ because Elon has been ‘bringing him to everything,’ however she doesn’t want her daughter to have the same attention. Elon and X are pictured in December 2021

During the time of the Vanity Fair interview, Grimes said she 'would probably refer to Elon as her boyfriend.' However, after it came out, she took to Twitter to reveal they had broken up

During the time of the Vanity Fair interview, Grimes said she ‘would probably refer to Elon as her boyfriend.’ However, after it came out, she took to Twitter to reveal they had broken up

During the time of the Vanity Fair interview, Grimes said she ‘would probably refer to Elon as her boyfriend,’ adding that the relationship was ‘very fluid.’

She said: ‘We live in separate houses. We’re best friends. We see each other all the time…. We just have our own thing going on, and I don’t expect other people to understand it. This is the best it’s ever been…. We just need to be free.’ 

However, after it came out, she took to Twitter to reveal that they had since broken up.

‘Me and E have broken up *again* since the writing of this article,’ she wrote on Thursday. ‘But he’s my best friend and the love of my life.’   

Both Grimes and Elon noted to Vanity Fair that their current separate living situation is the best for both of them, explaining that they each have very different needs and likes when it comes to creating a home. 

While Elon likes things to be ‘reasonably neat,’ Grimes is described as taking a more creative, artistic approach to her home. She also enjoys Japanese art and anime, which the Tesla founder explained he ‘doesn’t like.’ 

While chatting with the mag, the singer admitted that she took issue with the Tesla founder’s penny-pinching lifestyle, recalling a time when they were living together in Los Angeles when he refused to buy a new mattress, despite her telling him that her side of the bed had a hole in it.   

She added that Elon’s decision to live in an ‘insecure’ house where their neighbors were able to film them and where they had no security was not something that she felt comfortable with.

Both Grimes and Elon (pictured with X) said that their separate living situation is the best for both of them, explaining that they each have different needs when it comes to creating a home

Both Grimes and Elon (pictured with X) said that their separate living situation is the best for both of them, explaining that they each have different needs when it comes to creating a home

While chatting with the mag, the singer admitted that she took issue with the Tesla founder's penny-pinching lifestyle. They are pictured together in May 2021

While chatting with the mag, the singer admitted that she took issue with the Tesla founder’s penny-pinching lifestyle. They are pictured together in May 2021 

‘Bro does not live like a billionaire,’ she said. ‘Bro lives at times below the poverty line. To the point where I was like, can we not live in a very insecure $40,000 house?’

Although the singer did not explain exactly why she and Elon chose to welcome their second child via surrogate, she revealed that she struggled with some severe health issues in the final month of her pregnancy with X, explaining that she was left unable to walk because her unborn son was ‘pressing on her nerves,’ which caused her to keep collapsing.

She also suffered from a ‘scary’ hemorrhage during his birth, which was so severe, the singer believed she was going to die.

Now, Grimes is determined to keep her daughter’s life as private as possible – unlike her son X who has been featured numerous times on his father’s social media accounts, and has been seen out in public with his parents on several occasions.

She noted that her son ‘is just out there,’ largely because Elon has been ‘bringing him to everything,’ however she is eager to ensure that her daughter will not have to face the same public scrutiny, even stating that ‘the best situation’ for the parents would be for ‘her to train the girl’ and for ‘him to train the boy.’ 

‘Didn’t mean for them to find out about my daughter so please respect her privacy as I’d love her to be able to live as private of a life as possible,’ she added on Twitter, while discussing the article.

‘This is the last time I’ll do any traditional press [cause] I’m a pretty private person. Haven’t done press in a long time [cause] my personal life is so mad and I think it’s hard to foreground my work but also maybe it’s all intertwined at this point.’



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