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Elon Musk reportedly had twins with one of his executives

Elon Musk and one of his top executives secretly had twins in November, according to a report by Insider on Wednesday. The revelation came in court papers asking for the children’s surname to be changed to Musk.

The petition, signed by Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and Shivon Zilis, director of operations and special projects at Musk’s private neurotech startup Neuralink, was approved by a judge in Austin, Texas, in May. Zilis, 36, previously worked as a project manager in Tesla’s CEO’s office.

The nature of their relationship was not immediately clear. Zilis previously lived in San Francisco, but she bought a house in Austin about three months before the twins were born, Insider reported. The heavily redacted name change petition lists that address for both Musk and Zilis, Insider reported.

Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Zilis could not immediately be reached for comment.

The news that Musk, 51, had children with one of his direct reports comes less than two months after Insider reported that SpaceX had paid a flight attendant $250,000 to settle the allegations that the billionaire exposed himself to her during a robbery. Musk later denied the allegations, calling them “completely false.”

Musk, a strong advocate for population growth, now has nine children. Musk tweeted about declining birth rates in 2017, saying “The world’s population is accelerating towards collapse, but few seem to notice or care.”

In May, Musk tweeted a graph from the Wall Street Journal followed by a “fall in fertility” in the United States since 1940.

“Contrary to popular belief, the richer someone is, the fewer children they have. I’m a rare exception,” Musk tweeted, to add later in the thread, “I mean, I’m doing my part haha.”


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