Elon Musk confirms he has welcomed his 12th child

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Elon Musk has recently welcomed his 12th child.

The 52-year-old has confirmed that he has had a third child with Neuralink executive Shivon Zilis, welcoming the little one to the world earlier this year.

Though it was initially reported that the birth was a "secret", the tech billionaire has recently confirmed that this was not the case as his family and friends were allegedly very much aware of his 12th child.

"As for ‘secretly fathered,’ that is also false,” he told Page Six in an interview. "All our friends and family know. Failure to issue a press release, which would be bizarre, does not mean 'secret.'"

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While the name and gender of the newest family member have been kept under wraps, this occasion marks the Tesla CEO's third child with Zilis, who works for his brain implant company, after welcoming twins back in 2021.


Insider was one of the first to break the news before Page Six also provided confirmation, with Musk telling the latter outlet that he is concerned about "declining birth rates."

When congratulated on the birth of his twins, Strider and Azure, in November of that year, he responded: "Thanks. Bravo to big families."

He took to X around the same time to tweet: "Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis. A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far."

 “I hope you have big families and congrats to those who already do!” alluding to the news of his ever-growing family," he added in a follow-up tweet.

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A year later he told Page Six that he wants "as many [kids] as I am able to spend time with and be a good father."

He also delved into the stats surrounding birth rates.

“Many countries are already well below replacement rate, and the trend is that almost all will be. This is simply a fact, not a ‘debunked theory,'" he said. “2.1 kids is replacement rate, and obviously the world as a whole will soon drop below that point.”


The SpaceX founder has been pretty vocal about his opinions on population decline over the years.

Back in May, he took to X to tweet about the US’ falling birth rate and how he was doing his part to keep the numbers afloat.

“USA birth rate has been below min sustainable levels for ~50 years,” the business mogul wrote on May 24. "[The] Past two years have been a demographic disaster."

Then on June 16, he added: "Have kids!"


According to the Institute for Family Studies, "the 'two-income trap,' housing and child care costs, and student loan debt have all been blamed for American people delaying or forgoing getting married or having children."

And it's not all just linked to finances.

Some singletons are rejecting the notion of a ring and family because of what they'd have to give up, "in the form of forgone job opportunities or educational attainment."

But with men like Elon Musk and Nick Cannon trying their best to battle the rapidly declining numbers, we should be just fine, right?

Featured Image Credit: Michael Gonzalez/Getty

Elon Musk confirms he has welcomed his 12th child

vt-author-image

By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

Elon Musk has recently welcomed his 12th child.

The 52-year-old has confirmed that he has had a third child with Neuralink executive Shivon Zilis, welcoming the little one to the world earlier this year.

Though it was initially reported that the birth was a "secret", the tech billionaire has recently confirmed that this was not the case as his family and friends were allegedly very much aware of his 12th child.

"As for ‘secretly fathered,’ that is also false,” he told Page Six in an interview. "All our friends and family know. Failure to issue a press release, which would be bizarre, does not mean 'secret.'"

GettyImages-1821119212.jpgCredit: Michael M. Santiago/Getty

While the name and gender of the newest family member have been kept under wraps, this occasion marks the Tesla CEO's third child with Zilis, who works for his brain implant company, after welcoming twins back in 2021.


Insider was one of the first to break the news before Page Six also provided confirmation, with Musk telling the latter outlet that he is concerned about "declining birth rates."

When congratulated on the birth of his twins, Strider and Azure, in November of that year, he responded: "Thanks. Bravo to big families."

He took to X around the same time to tweet: "Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis. A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far."

 “I hope you have big families and congrats to those who already do!” alluding to the news of his ever-growing family," he added in a follow-up tweet.

GettyImages-1459166552.jpgCredit: Justin Sullivan/Getty

A year later he told Page Six that he wants "as many [kids] as I am able to spend time with and be a good father."

He also delved into the stats surrounding birth rates.

“Many countries are already well below replacement rate, and the trend is that almost all will be. This is simply a fact, not a ‘debunked theory,'" he said. “2.1 kids is replacement rate, and obviously the world as a whole will soon drop below that point.”


The SpaceX founder has been pretty vocal about his opinions on population decline over the years.

Back in May, he took to X to tweet about the US’ falling birth rate and how he was doing his part to keep the numbers afloat.

“USA birth rate has been below min sustainable levels for ~50 years,” the business mogul wrote on May 24. "[The] Past two years have been a demographic disaster."

Then on June 16, he added: "Have kids!"


According to the Institute for Family Studies, "the 'two-income trap,' housing and child care costs, and student loan debt have all been blamed for American people delaying or forgoing getting married or having children."

And it's not all just linked to finances.

Some singletons are rejecting the notion of a ring and family because of what they'd have to give up, "in the form of forgone job opportunities or educational attainment."

But with men like Elon Musk and Nick Cannon trying their best to battle the rapidly declining numbers, we should be just fine, right?

Featured Image Credit: Michael Gonzalez/Getty