Elon Musk’s father created a whirlwind of controversy this week after telling Australian radio hosts he’s not pleased with his billionaire son.
Errol Musk, 76, instructed Daily Mail Australia his three daughters had been so upset with the feedback on Kyle and Jackie O they refused to talk to him for days.
But the retired electrical engineer mentioned the feedback had been misunderstood and that he did not correctly hear the query.
‘Elon is aware of it is not true, so he would by no means get upset about it. He simply laughs this sort of stuff off,’ Mr Musk mentioned.
‘But the final message Elon despatched to me was ”Dad, the press play you want a fiddle so please hold quiet”.’
While the 2 have shared a considerably rocky relationship over time, Mr Musk mentioned he had been pleased with Elon from ‘the day he was born’.
Errol Musk (proper) mentioned his billionaire son Elon (left) is aware of his feedback to Kyle and Jackie O are ‘not true’ – ‘he would by no means get upset about it. He simply laughs this sort of stuff off’
The media storm follows bombshell revelations final month that Mr Musk has fathered two youngsters along with his stepdaughter Jana Bezuidenhout, 34.
It additionally comes on the heels of Elon’s ongoing tensions with US President Joe Biden – in addition to his bitter authorized struggle to drag out of the $44 billion ($63billion AUD) Twitter buyout, one thing his father says he might partly be accountable for.
The Australian radio interview
During Monday’s radio interview on KIIS FM, Jackie O mentioned: ‘Your offspring is a genius. He’s value a lot cash and has created so many issues, you’ll be able to’t take that away from him. Are you proud?’
But Mr Musk shocked listeners by replying ‘no’.
‘You know, we’re a household which have been doing a number of issues for a very long time, it is not as if we out of the blue began doing one thing,’ Errol replied.
He clarified the awkward mix-up by saying: ‘I did not truly discover her query about being proud? I assumed she requested “were you expecting this coming?”
‘It was solely once I listened to the recording afterwards that I realised.’
Mr Musk, who was calling from South Africa, mentioned he merely received misplaced within the dialog of the energetic hosts.
‘It was a bit extra complicated as a result of the opposite chap (Kyle), who was a pleasant fellow, was laughing rather a lot so I by no means fairly picked up what she (Jackie O) was saying whereas I used to be speaking,’ he mentioned.
‘If you ask any mother or father if they’re pleased with their son, you’re pleased with them from the day they’re born.’
Errol pictured holding his son Elon as a child. He denies telling Kyle and Jackie O he was ‘not pleased with his son, telling Daily Mail Australia he misheard their query as a result of Kyle Sandilands was ‘laughing rather a lot’
Kyle and Jackie O had been joined by the billionaire’s father for a candid interview on Monday through which Errol Musk revealed why he wasn’t pleased with his son
But whereas he is aware of Elon is way too busy to be involved about how his feedback had been reported, he revealed his daughters had been extraordinarily upset.
‘I nonetheless fly airplanes however my youngsters suppose I ought to go to a retirement dwelling after that,’ he joked.
‘All three of them received a maintain of me and mentioned “what’s wrong with you, how could you possibly say something like that?”
‘Alexandra would not even converse to me. I stored sending her messages however she refused to speak.’
Mr Musk has since defined his mistake and he and his daughters are as soon as once more on good phrases.
Backlash after having youngsters along with his stepdaughter
Kyle and Jackie O additionally requested Mr Musk about his relationship with 34-year-old stepdaughter Jana Bezuidenhout – who he was married to and shares two younger youngsters with.
He was married to her mom Heide Bezuidenhout within the early Nineteen Nineties for 2 years earlier than they divorced and Jana was positioned in foster care.
‘I by no means actually noticed her a lot in any respect after that however then in about 2014, she wrote to me and mentioned she was in a determined scenario dwelling in a retailer room with some chap they usually had no meals and her eight-year-old daughter had been put into care,’ Mr Musk mentioned.
‘The subsequent day I went to see her and I sorted her out with some funds. She was so skinny – I could not imagine anyone could possibly be as skinny as she was.
‘She is an actual princess however she was wearing rags so I took her [shopping] for clothes and meals.’
Mr Musk continued to offer her with cash for various years and the 2 grew nearer.
Errol Musk has two youngsters along with his 34-year-old stepdaughter Jana Bezuidenhout
‘She left her boyfriend and got here to me at one level when she was about 30 years previous,’ he mentioned.
‘Obviously there was a giant technology hole however we actually favored one another and loved one another’s firm.
‘We had a little bit boy, Elliot Rush who’s now 5, and I am unable to think about a world with out him.’
Jana additionally welcomed a woman, Asha Rose Musk, in 2019.
‘She since has gone again to that boyfriend, and he’s extra her age, however I present them with an condo and medical help, a automotive and no matter they want,’ he mentioned.
‘We’ve by no means had DNA assessments completed as a result of we love her anyway, it doesn’t matter what. The important factor is all of us love her.
‘They each have their little life and I do not intervene. I get alongside together with her boyfriend nice. And Jana’s mom loves them too.’
Elon Musk pictured along with his son X AE A-Xii, who was born in May 2020 from his relationship with singer Grimes
Errol Musk’s youngsters Elon, Kimbal and Tosca (on lap) along with his first spouse and Elon’s mom, Maye
Elon’s battle with Biden and the Twitter deal
Mr Musk mentioned he is by no means had any doubts about Elon with regards to his work ethic or scientific thoughts.
The 51-year-old is the world’s richest individual after amassing a fortune of US$242billion, following his unimaginable success with the fee service platform PayPal, photo voltaic automotive firm Tesla and the rocket-building agency Space X.
But his father does ‘fear’ about his latest political statements and the immense strain he is beneath.
‘At the start of this 12 months Elon began making a number of political statements due to this Biden scenario within the United States,’ Mr Musk mentioned.
‘You have this actually unusual factor the place you could have this man who cannot put two sentences collectively who is meant to be the President.
‘I instructed Elon, you’re entering into the political aspect now. How is your safety? You need to watch out as a result of the political scenario could be very harmful.’
Errol Musk mentioned his son had despatched him a message after his feedback to the Kyle and Jackie O present: ‘Dad, the press play you want a fiddle so please hold quiet’
Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems on as he visits the development web site of Tesla’s gigafactory in Gruenheide, close to Berlin, Germany in 2021
The US President earlier this 12 months ruffled Elon’s feathers by ignoring Tesla and calling rival producer GM – the nation’s electrical automotive chief.
Mr Musk mentioned Elon’s rising urge for food for politics coincided along with his ambition to buy the social media platform Twitter for $44billion ($63billion AUD).
‘Elon had this concept that each side have their likelihood to offer their opinions, not only one aspect,’ his father mentioned.
‘Then he determined he was going to go after Twitter with a plan to make it a impartial platform – that is all he needed. But from my expertise that was a bit naïve.’
Now the tech billionaire and Twitter are set to go to courtroom after Elon blew up the deal, accusing the corporate of drastically under-estimating the variety of pretend accounts.
‘A short while in the past I attempted to affix Twitter and it instructed me I already had a profile with over 400 posts,’ Mr Musk mentioned.
‘It was a pretend account. It had foul language and all types of stuff like that. It was not me.
‘I discussed that to Elon just lately and instructed him to maintain it in thoughts – and Elon has realised that now and he is mentioned ‘I’m not going to purchase this platform if it is stuffed with a bunch of faux accounts’.’
‘I instructed Elon, you’re entering into the political aspect now. How is your safety? You need to watch out as a result of the political scenario could be very harmful,’ Errol Musk mentioned he suggested his son Elon
Elon Musk, 51, is the world’s richest man after amassing a fortune of US$242billion following his unimaginable success with the fee service platform PayPal, photo voltaic automotive firm Tesla and the rocket-building agency Space X (pictured, Tesla workers)