Elon Musk believes his daughter’s expensive private school turned her against him after she came out as transgender. He blames their damaged relationship on her school’s alleged far-left indoctrination.
In an upcoming biography, Musk says his now 19-year-old daughter Vivian severed ties in 2022 shortly after transitioning. Musk claims she became a “fervent Marxist” who thinks “anyone rich is evil.”
He partly attributes her dramatic change to Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences. The elite Santa Monica prep school costs up to $50,000 per year. Musk believes its progressive culture influenced his daughter’s worldview and rejection of him.
Musk says Vivian went beyond just socialism to become a full communist. He has tried reconciling to no avail. Their estrangement pains him deeply.
While clearly upset, Musk’s rhetoric about communism and Marxism seems exaggerated. Most likely, reasonable political differences simply emerged after Vivian’s transition and enrollment at the famously liberal school.
Still, this reveals the deep personal impact of their ideological divisions. Musk longs to regain connection with his daughter despite their clashing perspectives.
Many families navigate such challenging dynamics. Open communication and empathy on all sides is key. Musk’s inflammatory allegations against the school may inhibit reconciliation. A more thoughtful approach could help heal this rift.