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Why has Vivian dropped her Musk surname?

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Billionaire Elon Musk’s transgender daughter has petitioned a California court to change her name and gender, according to reports.

Vivian, 18, who was born Xavier, announced her decision to change her gender and famous surname in order to lose any association with the Tesla and SpaceX founder.

The official reason stated by Vivian in the petition, which was shared online, is: “Gender Identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape, or form.”

Musk, the 50-year-old CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is the world’s richest person with an estimated net worth of $214 billion.

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The teenager is changing her full name from Xavier Alexander Musk to Vivian Jenna Wilson, taking her mother’s last name, because “she wants to be recognized as female,” TMZ reported.

Why has Vivian dropped her Musk surname?

Vivian stated that she is changing her name since she no longer lives with her biological father and does not want to be “connected to him in any way, shape, or form.”

She’s opted to go by her mother’s name instead.

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About a month before Vivian’s petition was filed, Elon announced his intention to vote for the Republican Party.

Elected representatives for the GOP have backed legislation that would limit the rights of trans people in states across the US.

Elon has previously commented on the use of pronouns.

On July 25, 2020, he tweeted: “Pronouns suck.”

Then in a tweet on December 16, 2020, he wrote: “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.”