Elon Musk’s family is messy, his father had a baby with his adult stepdaughter

Elon Musk during 'Elon Musk Answers Your Questions!' at SXSW

I don’t know much about Elon Musk as a person beyond what his ex-wife said about him and his messy romantic life after his marriage. As it turns out, he didn’t have the best childhood? Or maybe his childhood was just fine and he just loathes his father. It seems like Elon Musk’s father, Errol Musk (these names, my God) has a pretty messy romantic life as well. For some reason, the Musk family is getting the full tabloid treatment these days and the story broke over the weekend: Errol Musk had a child with his stepdaughter. My God.

The dad of tech billionaire Elon Musk says it was “God’s plan’’ for him to father the child he had with his stepdaughter. Errol Musk, 72, told The Sunday Times of London that 10-month-old Elliot is an “exquisite child.”

He claimed he did not think of Elliot’s mom, Jana Bezuidenhout, as his stepdaughter — since she was raised away from the family. Errol, who lives in South Africa, married Jana’s mother, Heide, when the girl was only 4. Years later, after they split, “One thing led to another — you can call it God’s plan or nature’s plan,” Errol said.

When she told him she was pregnant, Errol assumed her ex was the father and insisted on a DNA test. It proved Errol was the dad.

“Jana is a delightful girl and a wonderful mother,” he told the British paper. “She said I changed her life.” He said he helps support his 30-year-old stepdaughter and their son, adding he sees them regularly but does not live with them.

Elon, who heads Tesla and SpaceX, told Rolling Stone magazine last year, “My dad will have a carefully thought-out plan of evil.” He added Errol is a “terrible human being.”

[From Page Six]

Errol Musk knew Jana since she was four years old and then they began a sexual relationship when she was in her late 20s and she got pregnant and he still didn’t believe he was the father. Basically. So Errol is the father AND step-grandfather to baby Elliot. Ew. Just… ew. I mean, everybody was a legal adult in this situation so it’s not illegal. It’s just really, profoundly disturbing. And now I am curious about Elon and Errol’s estrangement. Hm.

Elon Musk during 'Elon Musk Answers Your Questions!' at SXSW

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  1. Lala says:

    That is the most trifling and disgusting and disturbing thing that I have read in the last 48-hours…and I watched the Stormy Daniels interview…and have a Twitter feed that is…OFF THE CHAIN EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY!

  2. Kristen says:

    Over here shivering in disgust. I’m sure this girl was groomed for years. Errol belongs in prison.

  3. Zapp Brannigan says:

    I know this woman was legally an adult when this relationship/one night thing happened, and I do not want to take away from her agency but from reading about this she seems vulnerable, a former drug addict seeking comfort from a father figure when her romantic relationship ended and she had been thrown out by her boyfriend(that is how the Daily Mail reported this, so ymmv) it just gives me the dry heaves and he seems like a profoundly selfish man who does not care what damage he has inflicted on his family, as he also has two daughters with this woman’s mother. So much wrong with this.

    • LAK says:

      He claims it was a one night stand AFTER the world collectively shuddered on learning that his new young girlfriend was actually his step-daughter. PR reframing the original story.

      When he was first interviewed, he claimed not to know exactly why Elon and the rest of his family were upset with him. Then clarified in the same interview that they were upset because:

      “I got my 30-year-old girlfriend Jana pregnant and we had a baby son, who is now ten months old,’ he explains. ‘Of course, I love him dearly, even though it wasn’t planned. In my own cautious way I insisted on a DNA test to ensure he was mine. I told my daughter Ali about him because I thought she would be supportive and understanding. She said I was insane, mentally ill. She told the others and they went berserk. They think I’m getting senile and should go into an old age home, not have a life full of fun and a tiny baby.”

      Entire interview was framed as Elon and family overreacting at best and being judgemental over the age gap and the new baby at worst. The family were framed as ungrateful for all he did for them etc etc etc.

      Once it got out that the ‘young girlftiend’ was actually his step-daughter, he has been back-peddling faster than a speeding bullet.

      Here is original interview
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5513787/Billionaire-space-pioneer-Elon-Musk-branded-father-evil.html

  4. Carol says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like Elon Musk? Everyone says he’s gonna change the world and colonize space or something, but to me he feels sinister and I can’t figure out why – he has a dystopian fascist egomaniac vibe to him or something.

  5. manda says:

    Is errol still married to her mom?

  6. Jussie says:

    Elon’s childhood was terrible. He was beaten and put in the hospital by bullies multiple times, he had no friends, and his father severely emotionally abused him. He got away the second he could, at 17.

    He was estranged from his father for years, and vowed his children would never meet their grandfather. He attempted to rebuild the relationship years ago, but it didn’t take, and they went back to being estranged.

    Ashlee Vance, who wrote a biography of Elon, said he asked him multiple times about his father, and every time Elon would start to open up then start crying and shut down. This was years before any of this with the step-daughter happened, so despite what a lot of outlets are writing, the relationship was tortured long before recent events.

  7. holly hobby says:

    So much eww in this entire story. I actually feel sorry for Elon Musk.

  8. Rumi says:

    Appalling and disgusting.
    Life long impact on the child. I feel so sorry for the child.

  9. mela says:

    her teeth are horrendous as well

  10. Llamas in pajamas says:

    So, is Woody Allen on Errol’s speed dial or? They surely would make best friends for life, they have a lot in common.

  11. Jayna says:

    In the first interview he called her his girlfriend. Now he classifies it as one time only. She lives on his property. Jana’s father died before she was four years old. Elon’s father married Jana’s mother when she was four. She was raised with him as her father figure. He is disgusting. He says he can’t even remember his ex-wife, yet they were married for 18 years. The stepdaughter has had an addiction problem in the past. I would not be surprised if he groomed her when she was in her teens and that she has some warped view regarding him because of his power over her and maybe even her addiction problems.

    The father’s two daughters with Jana’s mother are close to Jana. Elon was also raised in that home a lot. How sick is that? The two girls’ sister had a baby by their dad.

    • Jussie says:

      Agree with everything else you’ve said, but Elon wasn’t ever actually raised in that home. He was 20 when Errol met and married Jana’s mother, and had already been living overseas for a few years. He’s only gone back to visit South Africa 4 times in his life, and never to see Errol.

      He certainly knew his fathers new family, but between the physical distance and the off and on estrangement from his father he was pretty far removed from them. He’s close with his two half-sisters now though.

      • Jayna says:

        Thanks. I didn’t realize that he was that much older. Plus I imagine he lived with his mother a lot anyway. I know his dad said Elon had them move over to America. He brought the family, including Jana. He acted like Elon held him hostage there in Malibu and he had to escape from California and go back home. His dad seems like a drama queen in how he describes events. LOL Not long after their return home he and Jana’s mother split up, according to him.

        The guy is a full-fledged narcissist. He doesn’t understand why his family is upset about him getting his step-daughter Jana pregnant. He even says he has ex-wives, but not step-sons or step-daughters. Ugh.

        ‘I told my daughter Ali about him (the baby) because I thought she would be supportive and understanding. She said I was insane, mentally ill. She told the others and they went berserk. They think I’m getting senile and should go into an old age home, not have a life full of fun and a tiny baby.”

  12. JRenee says:

    This is all just horrible.
    His dad seemingly has spent a lifetime of damaging other humans. Some times there is just no redemption and people are appropriately identified as human trash. This man seems to be just that.
    I can’t imagine how hurt a mom could feel for a daughter to have children with a man the mom has children with…

  13. supersoft says:

    Wow, i didnt know that. Now i feel sorry for Elon. To have such a father is the worst.

  14. Toot says:

    Elon did an interview with Rolling Stone recently where he said his father is the most evil man, and that he’s done everything you can think of (I was thinking murder and other horrors). The poor people of SA that was around this man.

    I say Elon hasn’t liked his father well before this situation.

  15. lunchcoma says:

    I’ve read Elon Musk’s biography, and basically his dad is a narcissistic abuser. He, his mother, and his siblings from that marriage emigrated to the US when he was in his late teens. He doesn’t have any contact with his father, hasn’t allowed him to meet any of the grandkids, and won’t go into details in the press.

    I’m not always a fan of the guy’s, but it sounds like he’s done everything possible to keep this person out of his life, for good reason. There are only so many ways to handle a completely toxic relative.

  16. bikki says:

    oh god, I cringed so hard – that’s complete abuse of power to take advantage of your step-daughter like that. I wonder if she’s ok :( especially now that it seems like Errol has her all to himself without any problems.

  17. SJhere says:

    This is ugly. And I call BS on his statement that he barely remembers the Ex, BS they were married for 18 years. Total a** and a true creep. I’d stay away/make sure I kept him away from my kids also if I was Elon.
    Classic toxic user.
    Good for Elon for distancing himself from this awful person who happens to be his bio relative. From the items I read, this a** does not deserve to be called “Dad.”

  18. Caroline says:

    Woah this is straight up 90′s soap opera script worthy kind of situation…