Elon Musk's dad has sensationally claimed that his technology mogul son was neglected while living with his mother.
Errol Musk married his ex-wife Maye in 1970 before the pair divorced in 1979 after having three children together, including SpaceX CEO Elon.
Elon and his siblings, younger brother Kimbal and younger sister Tosca, lived with Maye for the first eight years of Elon's life, years ravaged by poor parenting, according to electromechanical engineer Errol.
In an interview with a psychologist known as Anneke, Errol claimed that school officials had threatened to call social services and the police if he didn’t do “something about the condition of the boys."
“I was completely taken aback,” he said, claiming that the boys would turn up to school dirty, fall asleep in class and ask for food.
“Elon sometimes never came to school. He would just walk around the neighborhood," Errol claimed.
A maid at one of the family's homes was apparently ready to walk out, too, because the children were "left with no food."
Elon, the world's wealthiest man, was born in Pretoria on June 28, 1971. Errol said most of his primary school years until finishing high school.
In a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Elon described his father as a "terrible human being" and claimed his childhood was "painful and isolated".
Elon told the outlet that he was “raised by books, then his parents.”
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He said: “I was off making explosives and reading books and building rockets and doing things that could have gotten me killed.
"I’m shocked that I have all my fingers.”
However, in an interview with AFP at the start of the month, Errol took credit for Elon's success.
"I was a strict father. My word was the law. They learnt from me," the 76-year-old said.
He said that even as a pre-schooler, Elon had set his sights on becoming the wealthiest man alive, crediting an uber-macho "South African boy" upbringing.
"It's part of the way we lived, the way I lived. We strove to be the best we could," he told AFP.
The Daily Star has contacted representatives of Elon Musk for comment.
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