Grimes reveals what her son with Elon Musk calls her. It’s not ‘mama’ – CNET

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When singer Grimes and billionaire businessman Elon Musk welcomed a son in May of 2020, his name, X Æ A-Xii, made headlines. Baby X is only 16 months old, but he’s also making his own way as far as creative naming goes.

His mom says little X refers to her not with any version of “mother,” but by her own first name, “Claire.” Her birth name is Claire Elise Boucher. The musician chose “Grimes” after a British musical genre, grime music, The Guardian reported.

In a Vogue video showing Grimes getting ready for Monday’s Met Gala (yes, the one Nicki Minaj did not attend…), the musician ruminated on motherhood.

“I think, having a baby was a big, kind of like, rebirth for me, artistically,” she said. “Being a mother, (it) feels weird to say. For some reason, I don’t identify with that word. Which is also really weird because X, he says ‘Claire,’ but he doesn’t say ‘mama.’ … Like, maybe he can sense my distaste for the word ‘mother.'”

When the baby was born, Tesla and SpaceX founder Musk said that the name is pronounced X Ash A Twelve, and a video showed him referring to his son as “Baby X.” 

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