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Elon Musk’s teenager requests name change, doesn’t want to be related to billionaire

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Elon Musk’s transgender daughter has filed a request in the Los Angeles County Superior Court to have her name legally changed.

In documents shared online, the 18-year-old says she wants to change her name in accordance with her gender identity and because she no longer wants to be related to her biological father.

Here’s what we know about it.

Musk’s daughter, who has a twin brother, has only recently turned 18.

If a name change application is filed by a minor, it must be signed by both parents.

Legal documents published online show she has formally asked the court to change her gender from male to female and to register her new name (which was redacted in the version of the documents shared online).

US media has reported that her new recognised surname will be Wilson, which is her mother’s maiden name.

Author Justine Wilson and Elon Musk were married but divorced in 2008.

The teenager says the reason for her name change 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”.

There are no details in the published documents about whether the decision to change her name and distance herself from her billionaire father means she will forego any kind of benefits or inheritance.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder has an estimated net worth of about US$213.9 billion ($306.98 billion).

A hearing for the name change petition is scheduled for later this week (but there’s no indication Musk will attend it).

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