Elon Musk Birthday: Maye Musk Shares Sweet Message As Space X CEO Turns 50

Elon Musk's birthday is June 28 and his mother, Maye, marked the occasion in classic mom fashion—by sharing an adorable throwback picture.

Maye Musk isn't just Elon's mother, she is a successful figure in her own right, working as everything from a model to author. But on Elon Musk's 50th birthday she made sure he got the full glare of attention—as well as a trending Twitter hashtag.

To celebrate Elon Musk's 50th, Maye Musk shared an image of her holding her baby boy soon after his birth, surrounded by flowers and well-wishes from friends and family.

Alongside the image, she wrote : "Happy birthday ⁦@elonmusk Thank you for this wonderful day 50 years ago.

"You have brought me great joy. Lots of love #HappyBirthdayElonMusk now trending"

Who Is Elon Musk's Mother Maye Musk?

Maye Musk was a known property long before her son made his billions.

Speaking to the New York Times in 2016, she said: "I was famous until Elon became famous."

Maye Musk, nee Haldeman, was born on April 19, 1948 in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Two years later, her family moved to Pretoria, South Africa, and had adventures all over the country, even searching the Kalahari desert for 10 years.

She became a model aged 15, and in 1969 was a finalist in the Miss South Africa competition.

Maye Musk made some big ad campaigns in her modeling career, such as Revlon. In 1970 settled down with husband Errol Musk, who she had met in high school.

She became pregnant with Elon Musk while on their honeymoon, and had two other children with Errol Musk: Kimbal and Tosca.

As a young mother Maye Musk trained further, gaining master's degrees in dietetics and nutritional science.

She divorced Errol at the age of 31. She later told Huffington Post about her struggles to make ends meet as a single mother.

Happy birthday ⁦@elonmusk⁩ 🎂🎉 Thank you for this wonderful day 50 years ago. You have brought me great joy. Lots of love ❤️❤️❤️ #HappyBirthdayElonMusk now trending 🙌🙏 pic.twitter.com/xro3QwQD1z

— Maye Musk (@mayemusk) June 28, 2021

She said: "After my divorce, I had to house and feed three kids without maintenance. Poverty makes you work really hard.

"I remember crying when one of my kids spilled milk. The saying goes, 'Don't cry over spilled milk.'

"I cried because I couldn't buy another milk that day.

"I was juggling my private nutrition practice, wellness talks, modeling and kids schooling and activities. Those were busy times.

"Fortunately, we were healthy and my kids were well-behaved and helpful."

She told Forbes she worked five jobs in order to keep their family together. During his teenage years, Elon Musk left to live with their father, which Kimbal told the New York Times left his mother "hurt."

Despite this, she told New York Times their relationship was "all good" now. Elon Musk has since described his father to Rolling Stone as a "terrible human being."

By 1996, Maye Musk had written her first book, a nutrition book, which was marketed on Special K cereal boxes around the U.S.

Since embracing her silver hair, Maye Musk has been a sought-after model, appearing in Beyonce's music video for "Haunted," walking in fashion shows and appearing on the cover of Korean Vogue.

Elon Musk and his mother Maye Musk
Maye Musk and Elon Musk attend Dinner at Macao For Baseball In The Time Of Cholera And Alekesam on April 21, 2012 in New York City. Maye has posted a sweet image of herself and Elon for his 50th birthday. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images