Here's Why Some People Think Elon Musk and Grimes Named Their Child Influenza

A wild rumor is circling the internet, and it has to do with Elon Musk and Grimes' child. Thousands of netizens seem to believe the couple has named their baby "Influenza Musk" in the midst of coronavirus.

There's no reason to believe this rumor right now, as it's come from unconfirmed sources, but that hasn't stopped the internet from exploding with opinions about the controversial name.

opens twitter sees the words “influenza musk” closes twitter

— ola ⚡️ (@amirroredheart) April 23, 2020

It's unclear exactly where the claim started, but it spread to the farthest corners of the internet. Reddit users are questioning the validity of the name, while Twitter and TikTok users have taken to starting memes. It's safe to say most commenters aren't fans of the unusual moniker.

Influenza musk going to their home planet 10 seconds after leaving grimes

— lornapkin🦆 (@deltaic23) April 23, 2020

influenza musk coming home from school after getting bullied abt her name for 2928 days straight

— average queerbait enjoyer (@hailpaimin) April 23, 2020

influenza musk when someone asks her what her name is

— christina (@uncuntgems) April 23, 2020

influenza musk first day at school mentally preparing for roll call

— jee (@badgaldorsi) April 23, 2020

teacher: ok kids today we're going to study about the influenza virus
the child named influenza musk looking at their classmate:

— isabel|nsfr (@pinesteves) April 23, 2020

Apparently, it wouldn't be out of bounds for the couple to choose an odd name for their baby. Grimes revealed that some memes which previously surfaced about their future child were accurate. "Annoyingly, some of the memes about my naming ideas are on point," she told The Face in February. She didn't want to reveal any names she was considering.

For reference, here are some of the memes. They seem to stem from both Grimes' and Musk's publicly avant-garde personalities.

Grimes list of baby names

— okurt cobain (@michaelpaIermo) January 9, 2020

LEAKED: list of elon musk and grimes potential baby names

marble hornets

johnny tsunami

— ᴢᴀᴄᴋ ᴡ (@zxckattack) January 10, 2020
Grimes and Elon Musk
Grimes and Elon Musk attend "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination", the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty

Grimes' own legal name plays into the conversation, too. In 2018, Grimes, whose birth name was Claire Boucher, changed her legal name to "c." It was part of her goal to erase her public persona, she told Cultured in 2019.

"You just have to totally untether your personality from your public persona," she expressed. "I'm like, I don't want to use that name anymore. I don't want to use that face anymore. Because it now stands for something that I don't agree with."

Newsweek reached out to Grimes and Musk to confirm or deny they've named their child Influenza, but didn't immediately hear back.

It's not confirmed Grimes and Musk have welcomed their child to the world, yet. Grimes did tweet about the pain of birthing a child on Tuesday, but it's unclear if this was a simple comment or a birth announcement.

Having a baby is like the dark souls of tamagotchi

— ☘︎𝔊𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔢𝔰࿎ (@Grimezsz) April 21, 2020

"Having a baby is like the dark souls of tamagotchi," she tweeted.

Fans immediately responded to inquire about the baby, but the artist didn't respond to any birth-related asks. Grimes previously revealed her due date is May 4 or 5 during a Twitch live stream in February.

The tweet caused some Twitter users to assume the artist gave birth on 4/20, a day often associated with marijuana. This marked the start of yet another unconfirmed conversation about the child.


— melissa (@mariasIeon) April 21, 2020

Musk has not said anything about a child on his Twitter account.