Grimes Shares Alternative Way to Pronounce Her Son's Controversial Name, X Æ

Grimes and Elon Musk's son's name, X Æ, has been buzzed about. Grimes just shared a different way to pronounce the controversial name.

  • Fans were immediately intrigued when Elon Musk (opens in new tab) and Grimes announced their newborn son's unique name, X Æ A-12 Musk, this week.
  • While Musk said in an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast (opens in new tab) that the Æ in the name was pronounced "Ash," his partner, Grimes, seems to disagree.
  • In a comment replying to a fan on Instagram, the singer said that the Æ part of her son's name should be pronounced "A.I."

Elon Musk (opens in new tab) and Grimes (opens in new tab) broke (or at least cracked) the internet this week with the announcement of their newborn son's name: X Æ A-12 Musk (opens in new tab).

People immediately had  (opens in new tab)thoughts (opens in new tab) about the unique moniker, the most pressing of which was, "...How do you say it, though?"

Musk explained the name's pronunciation (opens in new tab) during an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience (opens in new tab) podcast.

"Well, first of all, it was my partner [Grimes] who actually mostly came up with the name. She's brilliant," the SpaceX CEO said. "So, it's just X, the letter X, and then the Æ is pronounced Ash."

That is a very cool pronunciation, right? Grimes, however, seems to disagree (opens in new tab) about it being the right pronunciation of her son's name. When asked about the pronunciation on Instagram, the singer wrote in a comment, "It's just X, like the letter X. Then A.I. Like how you said the letter A then I."

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(Image credit: Instagram)

Since the name was Grimes' idea, we should all defer to her on the proper pronunciation, right?

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