You Won’t Believe What Elon Musk’s Father Did

Just about everyone’s family has drama. However, Elon Musk, CEO and chairman of Tesla, as well as founder of SpaceX, has family drama that most people would consider downright shocking. His father, Errol Musk, recently made headlines for doing the unthinkable. This behavior, as well as past issues have caused a rift in the relationship between father and son.

Here’s the shocking thing Elon Musk’s father did and how his family responded.

Tension with Elon

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Elon Musk and his father, Errol Musk, haven’t spoken in a long time. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

All is not well between Errol and his billionaire son. Elon and Errol Musk are not on friendly terms. The father and son haven’t spoken to each other in a long time. In a November 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Elon said his childhood was “miserable.” The Tesla and SpaceX CEO even went as far as calling his father “evil” and a “terrible human being.” He claims Errol didn’t support his dreams and often verbally abused him.

Next: Trouble in paradise.

Errol’s rocky marriages

Errol Musk

He has been married four times. | Errol Musk via Facebook

Errol has been married four times. His first wife (and Elon Musk’s mother) is Maye Musk, a model and dietician. Including Elon, the couple had two children together. Errol and Maye were married in 1970 and were divorced after nine years of marriage. Elon told Rolling Stone that Errol seemed very sad and lonely after this relationship ended.

Errol took another chance on love (and then two more after that) and married his second wife, Heide. This marriage lasted 18 years. This relationship resulted in two children. Heide had a daughter from a previous relationship named Jana (we’ll talk more about Jana later).

Next: One thing he can be proud of.

One of Errol’s greatest accomplishments

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Errol Musk is proud of his children. | David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

Although Errol has had some bumpy relationships, one thing he can be proud of is the fact that his children have done quite well for themselves. Errol’s children have gone on to have successful careers. Elon is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Tesla and founder of SpaceX. Errol’s other son, Kimbal, is a millionaire entrepreneur. His daughter Tosca is a filmmaker.

Next: Errol made an unlikely connection.

Reunited and it feels so good

Jana Bezuidenhout

She reunited with her stepfather after she broke up with a boyfriend. | Jana Bezuidenhout via Facebook

Errol might not be close to his son, but he’s very close to his stepdaughter, Jana. Errol said he and Jana reunited after she broke up with her boyfriend. It seems as if she fell on hard times after separating from her partner. According to Errol, she contacted him shortly after the breakup, and he did “everything in his power,” to help her, reports The Sunday Times of London.

Next: This is the unbelievable thing Elon Musk’s father did.

The shocking thing Elon Musk’s father did

Jana Bezuidenhout and her son

Errol Musk had a child with his stepdaughter. | Jana Bezuidenhout via Facebook

Every family has a skeleton or two, but this one takes the cake. What Elon Musk’s father did would make for an interesting TV drama. Errol Musk spoke to The Sunday Times of London about fathering a child with his stepdaughter. What makes this story even more shocking is the fact that Errol’s stepdaughter, Jana Bezuidenhout, is 42 years younger than him. Jana was just four years old when Errol married her mother.

Next: Errol thinks a higher being had something to do with the pregnancy.

God’s plan?

Jana Bezuidenhout's baby

He feels the pregnancy was “God’s plan.” | Jana Bezuidenhout via Instagram

What’s even more surprising is that Errol thinks there was some divine reason for his sexual relationship with Jana resulting in pregnancy. Surprisingly, Errol says impregnating his stepdaughter was “God’s plan.” In his Sunday Times of London interview, he gushed over his youngest son, Elliot, calling him an “exquisite child.”

Next: OK, our heads are about to explode.

What does she see in him?

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Elon Musk admits his father is an intelligent man. | Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

From the looks of things, Jana isn’t bothered one bit by the 42-year age difference—or the fact that he’s her stepfather. Maybe she was attracted to Errol’s brilliance. Despite their differences, Elon acknowledges that Errol, a pilot and engineer, is a very intelligent man. In his Rolling Stone interview, Elon said Errol has a very high IQ. He also said Errol is “brilliant” when it comes to engineering. According to Elon, his father was the youngest person to get a professional engineer’s qualification in South Africa, reports Rolling Stone.

Next: Why he did it.

Errol’s reasoning behind sleeping with his stepdaughter

Errol Musk

He said he didn’t see her as a member of his family. | Errol Musk via Facebook

If you’re finding it hard to wrap your head around this relationship, so are we. So, what was Errol’s excuse for jumping into bed with his ex-wife’s daughter? Errol told The Sunday Times of London he didn’t see Jana as a member of his family. He says this is because she was raised away from the family for long stretches of time. Apparently, being raised away from the family changes your family membership status.

Next: Another reason …

They were both lost and lonely

Jana Bezuidenhout

They both apparently were lost and lonely. | Jana Bezuidenhout via Instagram

It seems like loneliness will cause some people to do questionable things. Another reason Errol said he slept with Jana is that he felt lonely. “We were lonely, lost people,” Errol said during his interview with the newspaper. “One thing led to another — you can call it God’s plan or nature’s plan.” Perhaps Errol is less lonely now with a new son and the baby’s mother in his life.

Next: Outrage.

Errol’s family is not pleased

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The family isn’t pleased about the situation. | Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

As you probably guessed, Errol’s family is not thrilled about the situation. They still can’t believe he would do something like this. “Errol got Jana pregnant. He is the father of her baby boy, but he was a father to her,” a relative told Daily Mail. “The whole family was outraged when we found out … He is the only father she has ever known. And now he is the father of her child as well.”

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