The 72-year-old dad of tech billionaire Elon Musk has reportedly claimed he fathered a baby with his own step-daughter when she was thrown out of the house by her boyfriend.
Errol Musk claimed Jana Bezuidenhout, the mother of his sixth child Elliot, turned to him for comfort, according to South African media.
The South African engineer was accused of ripping his family apart when it emerged he had fathered a baby with Jana, who is 42 years his junior and lived with Tesla tycoon Elon while he was married to her mum Heidi-Mari.
Errol told Rapport newspaper: “I do not want to call it a mistake because no child wants to hear that they were a mistake.
“It happened one evening when Jana’s boyfriend threw her out of the house and she had slept over at my house.
“You have to understand I’ve been single for 20 years and I’m just a man who makes mistakes.”
Elon is said to have reacted furiously to the relationship, which is believed to be the reason behind a bitter family feud.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Tesla and SpaceX boss described his father Errol as “such a terrible human being, you have no idea.”
He went on: “My dad will have a carefully thought-out plan of evil.
“He will plan evil. Almost every crime you can possibly think of, he has done.
“Almost every evil thing you could possibly think of, he has done. It’s so terrible, you can’t believe it.”
When asked about the comments last week, Errol responded angrily, telling the Mail on Sunday his 46-year-old son needs to “grow up”.
Speaking at his mansion in Western Cape, South Africa, he speculated that Elon was referring to the fact he was once acquitted of manslaughter after shooting dead three men who broke into his home.
And Musk senior also revealed his son’s unhappiness that he fathered a baby with his 30-year-old model Jana.
Referring to the unexpected birth of son Elliot Rush Musk, Errol said: “Of course, I love him dearly, even though it wasn’t planned.
“In my own cautious way I insisted on a DNA test to ensure he was mine.
“I told my daughter Ali about him because I thought she would be supportive and understanding.
“She said I was insane, mentally ill.
“She told the others and they went berserk.”
Jana is not only Errol’s ‘girlfriend’ but also the daughter of his former wife Heide.
A family friend said Errol has known Jana since she was four-years-old and that his former wife Heide has been trying to keep the scandal secret.
“There is not a lot of people who know this. We would actually like the facts to come out,” a source told MailOnline.
Errol Musk, who is also a successful millionaire businessman, said he no longer considers Jana his stepdaughter.
He has been married and divorced four times and claimed he “barely remembers” Jana’s mother Heide and would not know if he met her in the street.
Errol and Heide were married for 18 years and had two children together Alexandra ‘Ali’ Musk and Asha ‘Rose’ Musk.
Former Silicon Valley geek Elon has a complicated marital history himself.
He has already been married three times – twice in the space of three years to British St Trinian’s actress Talulah Riley.
The entrepreneur was raised by his engineer dad Errol and dietician and model mum Maye in South Africa before moving to Canada when he was 18 and then to the US once he graduated.
He has a younger brother Kimbal, also an entrepreneur and millionaire, and younger sister Tosca, a film producer.
Born in 1971, by the age of 10 – long before computers became mainstream child’s play – Elon showed an interest, and just two years later taught himself computer programming.
His first creation was a video game called Blaster, which, at age 12, he sold for £400. “I have two brilliant children, but Elon’s a genius,” said Maye.
“I can explain Tosca and Kimbal pretty well. I can’t explain Elon.”
Maye and Errol split when the children were young and they remained with their dad.
It has been reported Errol was very strict, but he describes a young son always naturally dedicated to study.
Errol said: “Elon has always been an introvert thinker.
“So where a lot of people would go to a party and have a great time, and drink and talk about all sorts of things like rugby or sport, you would find Elon had found the person’s library and was going through their books.”