Elon Musk Devastated By Daughter Cutting Ties With Him And Ditching His Last Name

Tesla owner Elon Musk is said to be 'devastated' that his daughter has cut ties with him and ditched his last name. 
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The Tesla owner is said to be ‘devastated’ that his daughter has cut ties with him and ditched his last name. 

Renowned biographer Walter Isaacson, who has dedicated years to unravelling Elon Musk’s enigmatic life, recently provided an intriguing glimpse into the billionaire’s complex relationship with his eldest daughter.

In an excerpt from his upcoming biography titled ‘Elon Musk’, published in the Wall Street Journal, Isaacson delves into the emotional impact of Musk’s daughter, Vivian Jenna Wilson, cutting ties with her father and changing her name.

The poignant story unravelled last year when Vivian Jenna Wilson sought legal approval to change her name, relinquishing her father’s surname.

Court documents shed light on her motivation, with Wilson expressing her desire to be identified as female.

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She explained: “Gender identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”

Wilson’s name now reflects her mother’s surname, Justine Wilson, a Canadian author who was married to Musk from 2000 to 2008.

This significant change in family dynamics is believed to have deeply affected Musk, as revealed by Isaacson in his upcoming biography.

Isaacson’s biography uncovers the profound impact of Musk’s daughter distancing herself from him.

It reportedly seems as though this familial rupture has led Musk to develop concerns about what he terms the ‘woke mind virus’, which he is believed to perceive as spreading throughout America.

Musk reportedly confided in his biographer that, in his view, ‘civilisation will never become multi-planetary’ unless this supposed ‘woke mind virus’ is effectively addressed.

Isaacson’s biography further unveils the emotional toll this situation has taken on Musk.

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An excerpt from an upcoming book about Elon Musk claims he’s devastated about his daughter cutting ties with him and changing her last name. Credit: Alamy

Wilson reached out to her uncle’s wife, sharing her transgender identity and name change, while requesting utmost discretion in informing her father.

This marked the beginning of a painful separation between father and daughter.

In the aftermath of the estrangement, Musk made candid remarks about his daughter’s political stance, characterising her as having transitioned from socialism to full-blown communism and harbouring beliefs that demonise wealth.

Musk acknowledged the rift, commenting: “Can’t win them all,” but Isaacson’s biography reveals that this separation has weighed heavily on Musk.

In fact, the SpaceX founder admitted that the division with his daughter ‘pained him more than anything in his life since the infant death of his firstborn child, Nevada’.

Despite Musk’s overtures to mend the relationship, it appears that his daughter remains resolute in her decision to distance herself from him.

The emotional complexity of this situation is palpable, with Musk grappling not only with the separation but also with his own ideological convictions.

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Justine Wilson, Wilson’s mother, has expressed her support for her daughter, sharing her pride on X – formerly known as Twitter before Musk’s influence reshaped the platform.

Isaacson’s biography also delves into Musk’s formidable work ethic, describing instances when he enters what has been aptly coined ‘demon mode’.

This state of intense focus and determination is characterised by a maniacal sense of urgency, and while it indeed ‘gets things done’, it leaves little room for those who do not share Musk’s unwavering drive.

Musk’s complex personal life continues to be a subject of fascination and introspection.

As Isaacson’s biography unfolds, it promises to shed further light on the multifaceted persona of Musk and the profound challenges he faces both professionally and personally.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.