The Daily Mail has revealed the reason for the bitter rift between the billionaire Elon Musk and his 72-year old father, Errol Musk, who lives in Langebaan in the Western Cape.
According to a report, Errol is the father of a 10-month old baby son by his 30-year old stepdaughter.
Jana Bezuidenhout is the daughter of Errol’s ex-wife Heide. They were married for eighteen years, and have two daughters together. Bezuidenhout was four when they got married.
According to Bezuidenhout's Facebook profile, she has worked at an elderly home in Malmesbury and attended the Noupoort Christian Education College, an infamous drug rehabilitation centre in the Karoo.
Bezuidenhout poses with her son, Elliot Rush Musk, on various photos.
Errol confirmed to the Daily Mail that Bezuidenhout is his girlfriend and that the baby is his. According to the report, he said his family went “beserk” when they found out.
Relatives told the UK tabloid that Errol was the only father Bezuidenhout ever knew. Her biological father died when she was a toddler.
Errol and Elon have been estranged for some time, with the Tesla CEO calling his father 'evil' and 'a terrible human being'. Errol, for his part, said Elon is ‘acting like a spoilt child’.
Errol recently spoke to Business Insider South Africa about his son’s upbringing, and admitted that he made mistakes as a father and husband.
“I was really terrible,” he said about his marriage to Maye Musk, a Canadian-South African model and dietitian.
“I had (…) a few mistresses on the side, I didn't quite see the problem. It seemed to be quite reasonable. Looking back, it was stupid.”
He said that he thought it was normal to have affairs at the time, “like the Italians do, and the French.”
“I screwed up the marriage, I was totally responsible. It didn't work out too well in the end. My (former) wife doesn't speak to me, even when we're together she won't speak to me, so we haven't spoken to one other for 37 years. She won't speak to me or engage me if we're in the same room - which we have been often.”
Errol was a successful consulting engineer, and also owned an emerald mine in Zambia. After the divorce, Elon lived with his father in Pretoria, where he attended Pretoria Boys High.
Errol told Business Insider SA that having a romantic relationship is crucially important to his son. Elon Musk has been divorced twice and recently split from his long-time girlfriend, the American actress Amber Heard.
“What is driving Elon is trying to find the right girl, and that is very hard, probably the hardest thing on earth, for you or for me, for anybody.”