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Elon Musk Struggles To Recognise Reporter's Pronunciation Of His Baby's Name

Elon Musk Struggles To Recognise Reporter's Pronunciation Of His Baby's Name

Elon Musk's unusual choice of a baby name has caused much confusion about how to actually pronounce it, and one reporter appears to have got it wrong.

In a video of the interview, filmed by Tobias Lindh, the reporter asks Musk: "How's X Æ A-12?"

Musk says: "Sorry?" with the reporter repeating the pronunciation, which sounds like ex-ash-ay-twelve.


He replies: "Oh, you mean my kid! That sounds like a password."

Musk has previously spoken about the pronunciation of his four-month-old baby's name, who he had with singer Grimes.

The unusual name has been a talking point since it was announced, largely because people didn't really have a clue how to say it.

Musk and the reporter both laughed it off, thankfully making it much less awkward than it had the potential to be.


He added: "He's great! I think next time I am going to bring him, maybe come back in a few months and bring him along."

When Joe Rogan asked Musk how to pronounce the baby's name on his podcast back in May, he tried to clear things up a bit.

Speaking on the show, he said: "I mean it's just X, the letter X. And then, the Æ is, like, pronounced 'Ash'. And then, A-12, A-12 is my contribution. Archangel 12, the precursor to the SR-71, is the coolest plane ever."

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But, that's a bit heavy-going for just knocking about at home.

Speaking to Bloomberg, first-time mother and musician Grimes - real name Claire Elise Boucher - confirmed that the little guy's nickname is 'Little X'.

Yep, that makes sense. Sounds like a rapper, or maybe a wrestler.

The baby's name has also been changed to comply with Californian law.


According to state legislation, people cannot have Indo-Arabic numerals in their names, so the singer and the billionaire couple changed it to... X Æ A-Xii.

Grimes confirmed the news on her Instagram account after a fan asked: "Did you change the baby name because of Californian laws? What is the baby's new name?"

The Canadian popstar replied: "X Æ A-Xii."

Another fan then commented: "Nice! Just removed the numbers to confirm [sic] to California law."


Grimes then wrote: "Roman numerals. Looks better tbh."

The fan who posed the original question then explained: "You aren't allowed to have numbers in your name so she replaced the numbers with Roman numerals."

Featured Image Credit: Tobias Lindh

Topics: US News

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]