Elon Musk broke his silence on his estrangement from daughter Vivian, four months after the 18-year-old’s name and gender change.
The Tesla CEO told the Financial Times in an interview published Friday that his child’s decision to distance herself from him has been influenced by “neo-Marxists” at educational institutions.
“It’s full-on communism and a general sentiment that if you’re rich, you’re evil,” Musk, 51, said, not specifying which establishments he was referencing.
The entrepreneur noted that his strained relationship with Vivian “may change” in the future.
The SpaceX founder shares the teen with his ex-wife Justine Wilson, as well as Griffin, 18, and Saxon, Kai and Damian, 16.
He is also the father of son X AE A-XII, 2, and daughter Exa, 10 months, with Grimes. In November 2021, the engineer welcomed twins with Shivon Zilis.
“I have very good relationships with all the others,” Musk said of his big brood. “Can’t win them all.”
News broke in June that Vivian had filed to change her name and gender two months prior, requesting that her last name be Wilson instead of Musk.
In the April filing, the teen listed her reasoning as “gender identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father [Elon] in any way, shape or form.”
While Musk and Wilson did not directly address their daughter’s decision at the time, the 50-year-old writer appeared to tweet about a conversation with Vivian.
“‘I had a weird childhood,’ my 18-year-old said to me. ‘I can’t believe I’m as normal-seeming as I am,’” Wilson wrote at the time, adding that she told her child how “very proud” she was.
“I’m proud of myself!” Vivian, whose name and gender change was granted in June, replied.