Grimes welcomed her first child with Tesla’s Elon Musk in May 2020, but don’t call her mother. In a video for Vogue that chronicled her preparation for the 2021 Met Gala, the “Oblivion” singer explained that being a mom feels “weird” and that her son – X Æ A-Xii – can sense that.
“I think having a baby was a big rebirth for me, like artistically,” Grimes, whose real name is Claire Elise Boucher, said. “Being a mother feels weird to say. For some reason, I don’t identify with that word.” The 33-year old goes on to say that her son doesn’t call her “mama,” but by her first name.
“Which is so… I’m like, ‘How are you…?’ Like, maybe he can sense my distaste for the word ‘mother,'” she continued. “I don’t even know why I have a distaste for [the word] because I respect … I just, I don’t, I can’t identify with it, weirdly.”
Grimes first revealed that Musk was the father of her child during a cover story for Rolling Stone in early 2020. She stated that her song “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth” was about the “tragedy of agreeing” to get pregnant.
“For a girl, it’s sacrificing your body and your freedom,” Grimes explained. “It’s a pretty crazy sacrifice and only half of the population has to do it. It was really profound to me when I decided I was going to do it, to actually go through the act of unprotected sex.”
What’s In A Name?
Speaking of names, their child’s original name was X Æ A-12. Grimes broke down the meaning behind it in a tweet last year:
•X, the unknown variable
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
( metal rat)
— Miss Information (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
According to People, the couple changed the name to be in compliance with California laws. “In California, you can only use the ’26 characters’ of the English language in your baby name,” family law attorney David Glass told the publication. “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.”
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