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Where is Elon Musk's first wife Justine Wilson? Tesla CEO's son files petition to change GENDER, last name

Justine Wilson said that Musk prevented her from pursuing her career goals and forced her to dye her hair blonde
UPDATED JUN 21, 2022
Elon Musk divorced Justine Musk in 2008 (Getty Images)
Elon Musk divorced Justine Musk in 2008 (Getty Images)

Update: Elon Musk, 50, had seven children with his first wife, Canadian author Justine Wilson and now his 18 year-old son Xavier whom he shares with Wilson has filed to legally change their gender from male to female and lose his last name, stating: "I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form."

Xavier who was born in 2004, filed the paperwork in Santa Monica, California, on April 18, and wants to be known as Vivian Jenna Wilson in the future. The transgender teenager explained that she wishes to take her mother's last name to distance herself from her dad.


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Justine Musk (Getty Images)

Where is Elon Musk's first wife Justine Wilson?

Justine Musk is a Canadian writer, currently based in Los Angeles, California according to Rocket Reach. Born Jennifer Justine Wilson the 48-year-old is the author of the contemporary fantasy novel 'BloodAngel' which was published in 2005 by the ROC imprint of Penguin Books.

'Uninvited', her second novel, was published in 2007 and is a separate work aimed at young adults. 'Lord of Bones', a sequel to 'BloodAngel', was published in 2008. Musk was one of the first people to plan a novel using a platform like Pinterest, according to the Daily Dot. “It brings the book into sharper focus for me, makes it seem somehow more ‘real,’” she said to the news outlet in a March 2020 interview.  “And in order to get through the long hard slog of writing a novel, it helps to visualize it and connect to it as intensely as you can.”

Elon Musk with Grimes, who he dated after divorcing Justine Wilson (Getty Images)

'A starter wife'

Justine Wilson grew up in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, where she spent the majority of her childhood. She earned an English Literature degree from Queen's University in Kingston. After that, she traveled to Japan to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) before settling in California.

She married Elon Musk in January 2000, but her first child died of sudden infant death syndrome at the age of 10 weeks in 2002. She later gave birth to twin boys in 2004, Griffin and Xavier and triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai in 2006 through IVF. Musk filed for a divorce in 2008.

Elon Musk reportedly constantly belittled her while they were married, preventing her from pursuing career goals, and forcing her to dye her hair blonde, according to Wilson. She later wrote an essay for Marie Claire titled "I Was a Starter Wife," describing the ways she believed the marriage was unhealthy. In 2010, she claimed to be a "model ex-wife", and said she was on good terms with Musk's second ex-wife, Talulah Riley, according to The Star.

She statedthat her ex-husband always overpowered, disrespected, and mistreated her. “Elon's judgment overruled mine, and he was constantly remarking on the ways he found me lacking. ‘I am your wife,’ I told him repeatedly, ‘not your employee.’ ‘If you were my employee,’ he said just as often, ‘I would fire you,’” she wrote. 

Talulah Riley (Twitter/TalulahRiley)

'Rather live out the French-movie version'

“I have nothing against Talulah. I wish her the best, and my kids seem to like her," Wilson said in one of her blog posts. “Talulah sent an email introducing herself and suggested we meet beforehand, rather than amid the chaos of a children's birthday party, which I appreciated," she said, according to the news outlet.

“I would rather live out the French-movie version of events (the ex-wife and new fiancee become friends and various philosophies are pondered) than the American version (one is 'good' and one is psycho, there's a big catfight sequence and someone gets thrown off a balcony) — the latter of which seems vastly overrated," she emailed Riley afterwards. “(Riley) responded, Let's do as the French do.”