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Parenting skills: Elon Musk and partner Grimes

Parenting skills: Elon Musk and partner Grimes

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Parenting skills: Elon Musk and partner Grimes

Elon Musk is a busy man, between urging Kanye West to run for US president, challenging Johnny Depp to a cage fight and, well, being one of the world’s biggest celebrity oddballs. It’s probably no wonder that he’s finding it hard to add ‘being a hands-on dad’ to his to-do list.

Recently, Musk — who along with his partner, Grimes, memorably named his newborn son X Æ A-Xii — spoke out about childcare responsibilities. Now a dad-of-seven (he has six children with his ex-wife Justine; their first son Nevada died in 2002), you’d think that life right now would be a haze of sleepless nights, white noise machines and dirty nappies. Alas, no. And his own parenting approach has more than a whiff of toxic masculinity about it.

“Well, babies are just eating and pooping machines, you know?” Musk has said. “Right now, there’s not much I can do. Grimes has a much bigger role than me right now. When the kid gets older, there will be more of a role for me.”