Grimes and her 16-month-old son, X Æ A-Xii, are on a first-name basis.
In a new Vogue video following the musician getting ready for the 2021 Met Gala, Grimes—whose full name is Claire Elise Boucher—revealed that she doesn’t identify with the title “mom” and she believes her son can sense her “distaste” for the word.
“I think having a baby was a big rebirth for me, like artistically,” she said in the video, per People. “Being a mother feels weird to say. For some reason, I don’t identify with that word. Which is also really weird because X, he says ‘Claire,’ but he doesn’t say ‘mama.’ Which is so… I’m like, ‘How are you…?’ Like, maybe he can sense my distaste for the word ‘mother.'”
Grimes added, “I don’t even know why I have a distaste for [the word] because I respect … I just, I don’t, I can’t identify with it, weirdly.”
Grimes and her billionaire boyfriend Elon Musk welcomed their first child together in early May 2020. Initially, their son’s name was announced as X Æ A-12, but it was quickly changed to X Æ A-Xii in accordance with California law. “Roman numerals. Looks better tbh,” Grimes wrote on Instagram later that month.
Though Grimes refers to her son as “X” throughout the Vogue video, Musk revealed the full pronunciation on a podcast with Joe Rogan. “It’s just X, the letter X. And then the Æ is, like, pronounced ‘ash.’ And then A-12 is my contribution,” he said. “Archangel-12, the precursor to the SR-71, coolest plane ever.”
When X was first born, Grimes broke down the meaning of her son’s name in a tweet: “•X, the unknown variable •Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence) •A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent + (A=Archangel, my favorite song) (metal rat).”