If you thought your family had issues, think again. Elon Musk‘s complicated family tree puts other dysfunctional families to shame. The billionaire’s estranged father, Errol Musk, recently revealed in an interview that he fathered his stepdaughter’s child. Yep, you read that correctly. Apparently, Errol, 72 had a brief fling with Jana Bezuidenhout, 30, which resulted in their 10-month-old son, Elliot.
“We were lonely, lost people,” he told The Sunday Times on Sunday, March 25. “One thing led to another — you can call it God’s plan or nature’s plan.” Um… okay?
Errol’s son, Elon Musk.
Errol and Jana’s mom, Heide Bezuidenhout, married when she was four-years-old. Her stepdad and mom remained married for 18 years before ending their relationship. They had two additional children of their own — but, Errol admitted that he didn’t view Jana as his stepdaughter because she was raised away from their family.
So, flash-forward many years when Jana is a grown woman and Errol is well, a senior citizen, and they “reunited” in a way most people would find frankly gross. Jana was separated from her boyfriend at the time (basically on the rebound) and slept with her stepdad. She ended up getting pregnant with their son. Errol assumed the baby was her ex-boyfriend’s at first but a subsequent paternity test revealed the truth: He was a father and a stepgrandfather (or an ex-stepgrandfather if you want to get really technical).
“Jana is a delightful girl and a wonderful mother,” he continued. “She said I had changed her life.” But, his other children don’t exactly see it that way. “I told my daughter Ali about [Elliot] because I thought she would be supportive and understanding. She said I was insane, mentally ill. She told the others and they went berserk. They think I’m getting senile and should go into an old age home, not have a life full of fun and a tiny baby.”
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