Elon Musk's Partner Grimes Confirms Baby Is Called 'X Æ A-12'
Elon Musk's partner Grimes has confirmed that their baby is called 'X Æ A-12'.
The unusual name has been causing quite a stir on social media since 48-year-old Musk revealed it on Twitter yesterday (Tuesday 5 May).
Now mother Grimes - whose real name is Claire Elise Boucher - has confirmed the name herself and offered an explanation of what exactly it means.
•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)
(⚔️:mouse2: metal rat)
- ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ :strawberry::dragon::ribbon: 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
The 32-year-old said: "X [represents] the unknown variable.
"Æ is the the Elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence).
"A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favourite aircraft). No weapons, no defences, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent. (A=Archangel, my favorite song)."
Glad that's all cleared up then.
Hopefully she will share another tweet soon that explains how exactly we're supposed to pronounce it.
However, while both mum and dad seem publicly at least to have actually named their first child together 'X Æ A-12', it seems less likely this is what it says on his birth certificate, as the baby was believed to be born in their Los Angeles home and California law only allows names to include the 26 letters of the English alphabet.
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So whether 'X Æ A-12' proves to be a nickname or a prank, and his actual name is Ian or something, remains to be seen.
Musk broke the news that Grimes had delivered a healthy baby yesterday before sharing a picture of the new arrival with a tattoo filter.
This was fairly on-brand for the couple, with Grimes announcing the pregnancy by posting an uncensored picture showing the outline of a fetus photoshopped onto her body, writing a comment underneath the now-deleted photo that appeared to confirm she was expecting.
Referring to the fact she was topless, she wrote: "I thought about censoring them for a hot minute haha (this may get taken down anyway) but the photo is so much less feral without the nipples.
"Plus being knocked up is a very feral and war-like state of being.
"Might as well be what it is. Plus most of my friends told me not to post them so then I was afflicted with reverse psychology.
"Interrogated my shame on it and decided it was some weird internalised self hatred to feel uncomfortable about my body."
Due to Instagram's rules about showing female nipples, the photo was promptly deleted, before being replaced with another version without visible nipples.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Elon Musk