Elon Musk reveals how to pronounce X Æ A-12 baby name

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Singer Grimes and partner Elon Musk hit headlines all over the globe when they welcomed a new baby boy with a very unusual name earlier this week.

Little X Æ A-12 Musk was born on Monday, May 4, and since revealing the highly unusual name the pair have fielded plenty of questions around everything from gender, to meaning, to basic pronunciation and even whether the name will be cleared legally in the US state.

Elon shared a snap of the baby, as well as how to pronounce the tongue twisting name. Photo: Twitter/elonmusk

Now his dad has finally lifted the lid on how the name is pronounced.

How to pronounce Elon Musk and Grimes’ baby name

In an interview with Joe Rogan, Elon threw the responsibility Grimes’ way, saying she mostly came up with the names, adding ‘she’s great with names’.

He explains the letter X is pronounced phonetically, then Æ is pronounced ‘ash’.

He says A-12 was his contribution and is also pronounced phonetically.

That is, ‘ex-ash-a-twelve’ for those struggling to keep up.

In other words, baby X Æ A-12’s name is going to be butchered during roll call.

Grimes reveals ‘nightmare’ experience ahead of birth

Grimes says she struggled carrying her baby with Elon Musk during the pandemic. Photo: Getty Images

He may have caused a stir after his birth, but it turns out the road to his arrival was also from easy on his mum.

The 32-year-old Canadian artist told Vogue Italia that carrying a baby through the pandemic was far from easy, particularly after she tragically lost a friend.

“A friend of mine recently died and it was a nightmare not being able to be close to her loved ones,” the singer told the publication while still pregnant. “It won't be easy in the hospital, I don't go into details but I feel very empathetic with those who are going through this phase.”

She also admitted that being cut off from loved ones had been a real struggle during the pregnancy.

“It is certainly very demanding to be pregnant in the middle of a pandemic,” she said. “It's hard not to be able to see friends and family.”

The pair welcomed their new bub in California, and dad Elon announced the arrival on Twitter.

He also confirmed the baby was a boy in his Twitter statement, making him Elon's sixth son. However, Grimes has previously said in a YouTube live stream, which has since been made private, that she wants to allow the baby to choose its own gender.

Grimes spoke at length about raising her new baby, saying they would withhold gender. Photo: Instagram/ grimes

"I don't want to gender them in case that's not how they feel in their life... I don't know, I just feel like it doesn't need to be known... They may decide their fate and identity."

The pair are renowned for taking an unconventional approach to many things, not least the new baby.

In an interview with The Face in February, Grimes revealed how she was preparing for her baby, which included creating a digital version of herself, named WarNymph so she can continue to do shows, photoshoots and more without having to be physically present.

"Having a digital body allows me to keep working throughout the later stages of my pregnancy, and after I have my baby, so I can spend more time with them. It's hard for me to do photoshoots and fit into clothes at the moment, but WarNymph is here in your magazine promoting my album for me," she told the mag.

She described the solution as "techno-feminism", saying, "A lot of my friends aren't having babies because they're worried about their careers, and we wanted to find a way to overcome this issue."

With additional reporting by Marni Dixit.

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