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.”

Hmm.

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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47 Comments

  1. Nicki Swift Reply

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

  2. Alicia Hayes Reply

    XAISR-71 should be pronounced
    XzaCzar-71 Like the Xza in Xzavier

  3. This comment section clearly doesn't know how Grimes is. The baby's name makes sense if u know her

  4. Trish Delish Reply

    Can you imagine when this child is old enough to talk to his half-siblings, whose names all contain letters; he's going to get bullied before he ever goes to school….smh

  5. Shot Dunyun Reply

    At what time people do even believe this is true ?? They just don't want to share the baby's name and just mess around with the medias in my opinion…

  6. “Elven spelling of Ai” lmao as if Æ is not an actual letter being used in daily sentences. We use it as an actual letter in scandinavia, it’s not “elven” and it’s not cool.

    Æ is not pronounced “ash” it’s pronounced “ey”

  7. Elise Graziano Reply

    Name of baby: ÷><€●₩£¥¿
    She's GREAT at names isn't she?

  8. Angela Gomez Reply

    Rich people have such a stupid side…the money is a curse when Musk looses common sense, reason and logic. Name the baby "my Dad's an idiot" , then you will really be av avante guard. This kid is heading for a trust fund disaster in life already and will hate all his step-Mothers. The older Elon Musk gets the younger his wives will be.

  9. The Best Source Reply

    I would prefer to name my kid Consuela Bananahammock than this 😜

  10. Zachary Johnson Reply

    Letting your kid pick their gender shouldn’t be a thing, you are what you’re born this is the dumbest shit ever. Why doesn’t Musk just put his put down and say you’re a dumb feminist

  11. Sierra Ball Reply

    They really don't know what the hell they named him, do they? I guess it just looks good on paper.

  12. I Am , I Said Reply

    how cute that you are talking about the baby name and not the bombshell invention Musk dropped in that podcast.

  13. This marriage is going to be interesting to watch, let’s get the popcorn ready 🍿 Also, those Silicon Peter Pan – unmarried dudes will now be seeking to replicate this. 🤦‍♀️

  14. We are not to follow Grimes we use Elon musk bec Elon musk supports PewDiePie

  15. Heather Eagleson Reply

    Well with the names Elon Musk and Grimes, guess that's what happens when they name a baby….

  16. Stephii Loveless 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

  17. Levi Cheezehpoofs Reply

    I think Umlauts should be allowed, but only if it's an actual name and they're not adding it unnecessarily.

  18. liz parsons 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Archangel was the program that developed the SR 71 A-12 was that aircraft predecessor

  21. Son Of Hibbs 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.

  22. James Hardon Reply

    She made a typo, so what. And at least her kid doesn’t have a generic name like James or Johnny

  23. Rubinski Zavala 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.

  24. aayan goverski Reply

    I am sorry to say, but Elon’s son is definitely going to get bullied at school. He will probably he home schooled

  25. Sabih Malik 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.

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