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

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.”


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

    Nicki Swift May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Well with the names Elon Musk and Grimes, guess that's what happens when they name a baby….

    Heather Eagleson May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • take the meth away from her…

    soyauby May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • I could totally see the x ae a part being xaea (ax-ee-uh) and wouldn't be too bad and be kinda cute actually

    Stephii Loveless May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • WTF

    Adrian Eyre May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • I think Umlauts should be allowed, but only if it's an actual name and they're not adding it unnecessarily.

    Levi Cheezehpoofs May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • What a couple!

    GrumpyGirl GrumpyGirl May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • When I saw the movie "PLANET OF THE HUMANS", which is free on youtube- I realized how Musk stole Nikola Tesla's name and has basically used another man's legacy and ALOT of marketing and posturing in the media to sell something thats not just a dead end, but a huge diversion from the minimalism that is necessary for us to survive the next 25 years and more on this planet.. Musk took the green movement and turned his type of science into a new kind of consumerism, very well packaged and sold for people to "think" they are helping the environment. I cant explain much here but if you watch Planet of The Humans, it explains how the green movement has been hijacked by aholes like Musk , who go around patting themselves on the back and virtue signaling 24/7 while people just dont see the bigger picture. Always follow the money trail. Musk is connected to some shady types!! Musk poses like he's "one of us" fake smoking his weed, wearing faded tshirts on Joe Rogan. Hes s fraud through and through. Follow the bloody money trail. In order to build his brain implants, he has probably gone through herds of animals drilling holes into every skull he could get his hands on, that bastard. I can guarantee you Musk will NEVER drill an inch out of his OWN skull to implant metal and other garbage into his flesh, no matter what the circumstance.

    liz parsons May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • The baby is beautiful.

    Abigail J May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Get your freak on. I do hope social services are checking on it daily. Who knows what they'll do with it if they named it Ass.

    ctwatcher May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Archangel was the program that developed the SR 71 A-12 was that aircraft predecessor

    T.9.T May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • OMG who cares!!

    Janna Carter May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • In the news not too long ago, there was a story about a pair of abusive parents that made t-shirts for their adopted children that named them as “thing #1”, “thing #2”…etc. That’s what this reminds me of. The joke of the parents is at the expense of the child. It’s selfishness.

    Son Of Hibbs May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • She made a typo, so what. And at least her kid doesn’t have a generic name like James or Johnny

    James Hardon May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • I love Grimes but they are both narcissistic assholes and that kid would be better off without them. It's not your music album or a car, it's a person that deserves certain respect.

    Rubinski Zavala May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • I am sorry to say, but Elon’s son is definitely going to get bullied at school. He will probably he home schooled

    aayan goverski May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • People name there pets more sensible names

    Jamie Blackman May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Damn at least they have a big story behind the name. My parents just found my name from a book…no backstory or nothing.

    Sabih Malik May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Poor substitute teacher

    Not So Pretty Queen May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Claps back…. cringe af. Bro some weird chick named her kid a weird name. Y'all are weird

    Mike Noore May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • They naming the baby, Racer X?
    🚀 Xavier Ashton XII Musk

    Mittens4Kittens S.Crouching Tiger May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Cute kid tho.

    redcinos May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • 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. 😏

    Mittens4Kittens S.Crouching Tiger May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • I do not get it. Elon could have any woman. Why in the world did he pick Grimes? She is kind of grotesque.

    Leif Johnson May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • 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

    San Diego May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • These people are insane

    slardebard May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • 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 .. 👍

    Kim Squier May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • 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.

    Oswaldo Espino May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • I actually like it a little ngl.

    RaiderKay May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • So is is Xai A-12
    Xaia twelve would be a pretty cool name

    Vianka Reyes May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Thats the stupidest name i have ever heard

    The Galvinizer May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • The baby will be crying disowned me I'm not a cyborg

    J Pnoy May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • My kids name would b
    “Bud light taco Tuesday Ford Mustang 2010 XLshirt”

    Victor Ortega May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • so they are themselves confused about the name. pathetic!

    Alpha1111100 May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • They should've named him Luke

    Jeffrey Robles May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • 00:07 Golf Wang top right corner ?

    The Human Experience May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Æ

    Kelly Smith May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • It's not really a "clapback" if they're a couple…….

    FurryTentacles May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Von mir aus nennt ihn maugli und setzt ihn in den Urwald.

    klass freudman May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Wow she really clapped back didn’t she

    where'smytaco04 May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Even the parents do not know how it is pronuced, how pathetic

    Tamara Gekon May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Imagine roll-call with a substitute teacher lmao I feel so sorry for this kid.

    CodeNameContent May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Why do they hate their child?

    Claire de Luna May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • 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 $.

    Vade1313 May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • The dislikes give me faith in humanity.

    bananaman May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • They really making a twitter joke between a couple into drama? Yeesh

    A Tree May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Imaging being Elon Musk Landlord 🤯

    57pixels May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • Why does no one report that Elon actually has 7 kids not 6 (his first one died of SIDS at 10 weeks old)

    Baby Killian May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • She smokes too much weed

    S B May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply
  • JESUS take the wheel.

    repetitive reality May 14, 2020 2:39 am Reply

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