Tesla CEO and potential Twitter owner Elon Musk reportedly had twins with a woman named Shivon Zillis, 36, who is the director of operations and special projects for Neuralink — a company that is developing computer chips to implant in brains and where Musk is a co-CEO.
The twins were born weeks before Musk and his then-girlfriend, the musician known as Grimes, gave birth to their second child via surrogate in December. Grimes and Musk had reportedly split in September.
Court documents published on Wednesday show that the twins were born in Austin, Texas. The documents redacted the names and sexes of the babies.
Musk now apparently has nine children, including six with his first wife Justine Wilson, though one of his children died in 2002. He fathered two children with the singer Grimes, in 2020 and 2021.
Musk, 51, has been outspoken about a possible fertility crisis in the U.S., and touts his own success in reproducing.
Critics have called out Musk’s ideas of population collapse racist and anti-immigrant. The fertility rate in the U.S. declined from 3.67 total births per woman to 1.6 births per woman from 1960 to 2020, but the U.S. population nearly doubled from 179 million to 331 million over the same time period.
The conspiracy theory called the Great Replacement obsesses over white Americans being replaced by immigrants of color.