Inside Elon Musk’s Parents’ Stormy Marriage When Mom Claims Dad Brought Her To Wedding Before Horror Honeymoon

Troubled billionaire Elon Musk has hinted at his unhappy childhood, once saying his father was a “terrible person” who committed “just about every crime you can imagine.”

Now, mum Maye has opened up about the Tesla boss’s “violent” upbringing – claims that she was “beaten up” by his father Errol Musk began on the first night of their honeymoon.

Elon Musk with Mama Maye, who claims her husband hit her


Elon Musk with Mama Maye, who claims her husband hit herCredit: AP
Errol Musk denies the claims


Errol Musk denies the claimsPhoto credit: AFP

In part two of new documentary The Elon Musk Show, which will air on BBC2 on Wednesday, she says five-year-old Elon would try to intervene when Errol rained punches on her.

“Elon grew up in a very violent home,” she says.

In an extraordinary story, model and nutritionist Maye also claims that she was persuaded into marrying Errol against her will – after he arranged the marriage with her unsuspecting parents.

Errol, who has always denied molesting his ex-wife, also appears in the documentary and reveals he has been charged with murder after shooting dead three attackers on his South African property.

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And he admits he has a strained relationship with his billionaire son, who is now the richest man in the world with a fortune of £200billion.

“My relationship with Elon is very similar to my relationship with my father,” he says. “We mainly communicate via email. I haven’t spoken to him in a long time.”

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As a high school student in Pretoria, South Africa, Maye refused to date anyone who wasn’t as good at math and science as she “and nobody was” — with the exception of Errol Musk.

Though she agreed to go on dates with Errol when she had “nothing to do,” she wasn’t thrilled.

“He was abusive and rude to people and I didn’t like him that much but otherwise I would just sit at home,” she says.

“My brothers forbade him to see me and I haven’t seen him for two years.”

After graduating, the former Miss South Africa finalist moved to Cape from Pretoria but says Errol tracked her down.

“He showed up with an engagement ring,” she says. “I said, ‘I’ll never wear it,’ and he went back and told my family I had agreed to marry him, which surprised my family because they didn’t know I was dating him — it was me Not.

“Then I got a telegram from my parents saying, ‘Congratulations, the wedding preparations are complete and 800 people are coming.’

“I called him and said, ‘What do you mean I’m marrying you?'”

She claims Errol told her he would be a changed man if they got married, saying, “I’ll be kinder and nicer. I’m only aggressive because you don’t want to marry me.”

Incredibly, she took his word for it and performed the 1970 wedding.

“I got pregnant on my honeymoon and the abuse started immediately with me being beaten up when I didn’t do what I was told,” she claims.

“I came back from my honeymoon hurt and pregnant and I didn’t want my family to know about it. You just put up with it because you have no choice.”

Maye Musk, née Haldeman, was a Miss South Africa 1969 finalist


Maye Musk, née Haldeman, was a Miss South Africa 1969 finalist
Maye cradles a newborn Elon in 1971


Maye cradles a newborn Elon in 1971Credit: INSTAGRAM/Maye Musk

Elon, 5, “Beating Dad to Stop Abuse”

The couple had Elon, 51, brother Kimbal, 50, and sister Tosca, 48, but Maye said all three witnessed brutal attacks.

“When Elon was a little boy, I drove the car and he [Errol] would hit me. Elon would be between the seats, hitting his father,” Maye says.

“When he was home and hit me, Kimbal and Tosca would cry in the corner because they really were babies – Elon was five, Kimbal was four, Tosca was three. [Elon] would hit his father on the back of the legs. Then when he was eight, we left.”

Two years later, despite the alleged abuse, Elon chose to go and live with his father – a decision he has since regretted.

“It made me very sad because I didn’t understand why he wanted to do that,” says Maye, adding, “His father had the Encyclopedia Britannica. I couldn’t afford books and Elon had read everything in the library in Durban.”

Errol has always denied physically or verbally abusing Maye, and earlier this year he branded her allegations as “ridiculous and made up” in a YouTube video titled “Dad of a Genius.”

“I have never done that. I loved Maye very much,” he said.

“She was everything to me. And that’s ridiculous. It’s absurd. I loved her more than anything I’ve ever loved in my life.”

But Elon supported his mother’s version of events in the 2017 Rolling Stone article, saying: “My father was not physically violent with me. He was only physically violent when I was very young. You have no idea how bad.”

Elon, middle, with brother Kimbal and sister Tosca


Elon, middle, with brother Kimbal and sister ToscaCredit: Maye Musk
The siblings, pictured at Kimbal's 2018 wedding, have remained close to Maye


The siblings, pictured at Kimbal’s 2018 wedding, have remained close to Maye

Murder charge after triple murder

While Maye heaps praise on her “brilliant” son throughout the documentary, Errol offers little warmth in his memories of Elon’s childhood.

Regarding the relentless bullying Elon endured at school with an incident when he was pushed down the stairs and beaten so badly that he spent several weeks in the hospital, Errol has little sympathy.

“Being hit at school was pretty normal,” he says. “If you did well in school, they would wait for you at the gate and beat you with bags, and we had a lot of that.”

Of the teenaged Elon who tinkers with his cars – including a Porsche, Mercedes, Ferrari and Masserati – he says: “I wouldn’t say he was the best mechanic, but he would definitely try.”

More seriously, Errol also recounts his clash with an armed gang at his home in which three men died.

He was charged with murder but pleaded self-defense and was not convicted.

“My daughter and I were attacked by a gang,” he says. “They fired 52 shots at me and I fired two at them.

“I was using a Magnum, so one shot killed two people. The second shot killed him from a shot in the groin. I was charged with murder, but at the inquest I was annoyed when they said to me, ‘Couldn’t you have used less force?’ I said, ‘I only fired two shots, they fired 52.’ It was silly.

“It’s awful. I’m not proud of it, but that’s how it happened. I was in the military in South Africa, so I advise you not to mess with guys who are in the South African military.”

Maye is Elon's biggest fan


Maye is Elon’s biggest fanPhoto credit: BBC

Split about babies with stepdaughter

While Elon’s critics often portray him as some sort of power-hungry Bond villain, he says his father is the real “evil” genius in the family.

“He was such a terrible person,” Musk told Rolling Stone. “My father will have a carefully thought out plan of evil. He will plan evil.

“He’s committed almost every crime you can imagine. He has done almost every evil imaginable.”

When Elon left for Canada to start a new life, his father called him an “idiot” and said he’d be back in three months, tail between his legs.

Elon made his first millions selling PayPal before founding Tesla and rocket company SpaceX and overtaking Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest man.

At one point, he bought his father a home in the US, but after moving there for a few months, Errol returned to his native South Africa, further damaging their fragile relationship.

She was further incriminated five years ago when the 76-year-old fathered two children with his stepdaughter, 41 years his junior.

Jana Bezuidenhout, the daughter of Errol’s second wife Heide, has known him since she was four and the couple had a second child in 2019.

The father-of-seven says his adult children, including Elon, were furious at the birth of eldest son Eliot Rush.

“I told my daughter Ali about him because I thought she would support and understand me,” he told the Sunday Times.

“She said I was crazy, insane. she said [Errol’s other kids, including Elon] and they got angry. They think I’m going senile and should go into a retirement home without a life of fun and a little baby.”

Jana Bezuidenhout has had two babies with Errol, her former stepfather


Jana Bezuidenhout has had two babies with Errol, her former stepfather

Errol has since likened Elon to a toddler, saying their troubled relationship stemmed from his immaturity.

“Elon needs to grow up. He has to overcome himself,” he said. “I won’t fight back. I’ll wait for him to come to his senses. He throws a tantrum like a spoiled child. He can’t have what he wants and now it seems I’m an evil monster.”

Meanwhile, Maye, who now lives in the States and is often seen walking red carpets with her son, is his staunchest supporter and still fights for his side.

“I am pleased to say that SpaceX and Tesla are in the hands of my brilliant son,” she says. “We admire him for it, but we don’t want to be him because he gets a lot of hate from these companies.

“Stop being mean to him.”

The Elon Musk Show continues on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC2 Inside Elon Musk’s Parents’ Stormy Marriage When Mom Claims Dad Brought Her To Wedding Before Horror Honeymoon


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