Elon Musk and his girlfriend Grimes welcomed a baby boy on Monday, May 4, and the Tesla CEO has shared the first pictures of their son, X Æ A-12. Musk announced the news of the baby’s birth on Twitter by telling his fans: “Mom and baby all good.”
Musk posted two pictures of his newborn after a fan commented: “We really need to see picture of the baby !! Please do share.” One of the pics featured Musk holding a smiling X Æ A-12 while he looked down at the baby. The father and son were in the hospital when the picture was taken, and Musk was holding a mask in his hand.
omg grimes and elon musk had their baby,,,,,, welcome to the world Bleep Blurp pic.twitter.com/syAikfi5Kc
— #⃝kacie⁷ ⟭⟬ (@triviaa_seesaw) May 5, 2020
The second photo was a close-up of X Æ A-12 with a face tattoo filter that had “moody” and “savage” written on the newborn’s face. The filter also gave the baby long eyelashes. When someone asked about the filter, Musk replied: “Never too young for some ink haha.”
After Musk revealed that he and Grimes had named their son X Æ A-12, fans immediately tried to decipher the code and figure out the right way to pronounce it. Musk liked a tweet that guessed the proper pronunciation was “X Ash Archangel,” and also included screenshots to prove their theory.
A Wikipedia screenshot showed that Æ is a ligature called “ash.” As for the A-12, the theory goes that it is a reference to the CIA aircraft Lockheed A-12, which had the codename “Archangel.”
Others believe that the X might stand for Xavier, which means the baby’s name could possibly be pronounced “Xavier Ash Archangel.”
— Stereogum (@stereogum) May 5, 2020
According to Page Six, Musk and Grimes started secretly dating in the spring of 2018 after they met online and bonded over a joke. Musk was going to tweet the joke – which was about the complications of artificial intelligence – but discovered that Grimes had beaten him to it.
The couple made their first public appearance together when they walked the red carpet together at the 2018 Met Gala.
X Æ A-12 is Grimes’ first child, and he is number six for Elon Musk. The tech entrepreneur shares five sons with his ex-wife Justine Wilson: twins Griffin and Xavier, and triplets Damian, Saxon, and Kai.