- The remarks were published in an excerpt from Walter Isaacson’s new biography
- Musk calls rift with Vivian most painful moment since death of his firstborn
- Blamed private school Crossroads for his child becoming ‘a full communist’
Elon Musk has spoken out about his painful estrangement from his transgender daughter, calling her a ‘communist’ and blaming her politics on the expensive private high school she attended.
Musk’s now 19-year-old child last year legally changed her gender to female and her name to Vivian Jenna Wilson, saying in court filings that she ‘no longer wishes to be related’ to the billionaire Tesla CEO ‘in any way.’
In an excerpt from his upcoming biography of Musk published on Thursday by the Wall Street Journal, author Walter Isaacson wrote that Musk’s rift with Vivian ‘pained him more than anything in his life since the infant death of his firstborn child Nevada,’ who died just 10 weeks old of sudden infant death syndrome.
The billionaire was ‘generally sanguine’ when he first learned of his child’s transition, but things changed when Vivian, who also goes by Jenna, began expressing extreme Marxist views and declared her intention to sever all ties, according to Isaacson.
‘She went beyond socialism to being a full communist and thinking that anyone rich is evil,’ Musk told the author, placing blame in part on Crossroads, the private K-12 school in Santa Monica where annual tuition costs up to $50,000.
Elon Musk has spoken out about his strained relationship with his transgender daughter, calling her a ‘communist’ and blaming the expensive private high school she attended
Musk’s now 19-year-old child, born Xavier, last year legally changed her gender to female and her name to Vivian Jenna Wilson, saying in court filings that she wanted to cut all ties with him
A spokesperson for Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com on Thursday.
Isaacson writes that when Vivian was 16, which would have been 2020 or 2021, she texted the wife of Elon’s brother to come out, writing: ‘Hey, I’m transgender, and my name is now Jenna … Don’t tell my dad.’
The biographer reveals that Musk’s painful rift with Vivian is partly responsible for the billionaire’s ongoing obsession with ‘woke’ ideology, which he views as a threat to human civilization and motivated his $42 billion purchase of Twitter last year.
‘Unless the woke mind virus, which is fundamentally anti-science, anti-merit, and anti-human in general, is stopped, civilization will never become multiplanetary,’ Musk told the author.
Though Musk has previously blamed ‘woke’ schools for his rift with Vivian, it is the first time he has named Crossroads, which caters to the children of the rich and famous, and has a star-studded roster of alumni.
Founded in 1971 as a secular school initially affiliated with St. Augustine By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica, the school has evolved into a prestigious academy for the next generation of Hollywood stars.
Crossroads alumni include a slew of A-listers such as Zooey Deschanel, Jonah Hill, Jack Black, Kate Hudson, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Jack Quaid, the son of actors Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid and himself a rising Hollywood star, also graduated from the school.
LeBron James’ sons, Bronny and Bryce, both also attended Crossroads before transferring to Sierra Canyon for that school’s basketball program.
Vivian, seen last year, first submitted a legal petition to change her name and her gender back in April 2022
Musk blamed Vivan’s radical Marxist views on Crossroads (above), the private K-12 school in Santa Monica where annual tuition costs up to $50,000
Crossroads alumni include accesses Zooey Deschanel (left) and Gwyneth Paltrow (right)
‘We believe that the uniqueness of children is revealed in their very existence and that it is the School’s responsibility to foster their innate sense of the mystery and joy of life,’ the school’s statement of philosophy says.
As a Crossroads alumna recalled for Refinery29: ‘Students all took a class called “life skills,” which is, essentially, group therapy. There, we talked about our feelings as though they were just as important as the Pythagorean theorem.’
Vivian first submitted a legal petition to change her name and her gender back in April 2022.
She told a California court she wanted to be known as Vivian Jenna Wilson, in part to distance herself from her father, who is currently ranked as the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $258 million, according to Forbes.
That petition was granted in June 2022. Her mother is Canadian writer is Justine Wilson, who was married to Musk from 2000 to 2008.
Musk has a total of nine living children, including five with Wilson, two with ex-girlfriend Grimes, and two with Neuralink executive Shivon Zilis.
Musk once famously tweeted: ‘I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.’ And: ‘Pronouns suck.’
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