Elon Musk has broken his nine day Twitter silence to share a surprise visit to see Pope Francis with four of his seven children – and even joked about his ill-fitting suit.
‘Honored to meet @Pontifex yesterday,’ Musk tweeted on Friday evening. He brought along four of his five teenage children for the encounter at the Vatican in Rome.
His fifth teen, previously known as Xavier, announced last month she’s now a transgender woman called Vivian Jenna Wilson, and that she no longer wishes to be associated with her billionaire dad.
Musk also conceded that the black tailored outfit he was wearing was not befitting of the occasion, replying to a Twitter user who mocked it by answering: ‘My suit is tragic.’
Musk has spoke of being an atheist, so it is unclear why he decided to meet the pope, and what the two men discussed.
With him for the trip were Griffin, 18, who is Vivian’s twin brother, as well as his 16 year-old triplets: Damian, Kai and Saxon.
Musk was married to their mother, Canadian author Justine Wilson, from 2000 until 2008.
Their first son, Nevada, was born in 2002 and died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at 10 weeks. Musk and Wilson went on to have five children: twin sons – Xavier and Griffin, 18 – and triplet boys: Damian, Kai and Saxon, now 16.
Elon Musk on Friday tweeted a photo of him meeting the Pope, accompanied by four of his five teenage children
Their five children have largely managed to remain out of the spotlight. Twins Griffin and Xavier, now Vivian, are pictured with Elon and his second wife, Talulah, in 2010
Elon Musk and his second wife, British actress Talulah Riley, are pictured in 2015 with Xavier and Griffin. The twins are now 18, and Xavier is known as Vivian
The mogul has five teenage children from his marriage to author Justine Wilson, whom he split from in 2008. He is pictured with his triplets, who were born in 2006
Musk and Grimes with their son X, pictured in March 2021. Musk has two young children with the Canadian singer
The five teenagers have kept a fairly low profile, despite their father having joint custody.
Musk also two other children, X Æ A-Xii and Exa Dark Sideræl, who goes by Y, with Canadian singer Grimes.
Musk was not raised a Catholic.
The 50-year-old South African billionaire was baptized when he was young and attended Anglican Sunday School, but has said he does not consider himself a Christian.
In January, Musk told Babylon Bee: ‘I agree with the principles that Jesus advocated. There’s some great wisdom in the teachings of Jesus, and I agree with those teachings.’
He continued, ‘Things like ‘turn the other cheek’ are very important, as opposed to ‘an eye for an eye’. An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.
‘Forgiveness is important and treating people as you would wish to be treated. ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself.’
‘But hey, if Jesus is saving people, I mean, I won’t stand in His way.
‘Sure, I’ll be saved. Why not?’
Friday’s tweets marked a return to the platform by Musk after a nine-day hiatus.
He returned with a tribute to a YouTube gamer, who died of cancer.
With an image of Sonic the Hedgehog, the picture was captioned: ‘Popular Minecraft YouTuber Technoblade with 12 Billion subscribers recently passed away at the age of 23 due to cancer, and this made [me] realize that cancer is [an] absurd piece of literal garbage and death, but also try to live your best life with people who know. They could die the following day, and you would regret not doing things with them.’
He also posted a photo of him celebrating his 40th birthday in Venice with his then-wife, British actress Talulah Riley.
‘Venice, a site of Great Remembrance.’
He admitted: ‘Feeling … perhaps … a little bored?’