Grimes revealed the unconventional way her 1-year-old son refers to her.
The Canadian singer, 33, whose name at birth was Claire Elise Boucher, says her son, X Æ A-Xii, calls her by her first name.
“Being a mother feels weird to say. For some reason, I don’t identify with that word. Which is also really weird, because X, he says Claire, but he doesn’t say Mama,” Grimes said in a Vogue video that showed her preparing for this year’s Met Gala.
“Maybe he can sense my distaste for the word ‘mother,’” she continued. “Which I don’t even know why I have a distaste for it, because I respect ... I just can’t identify with it, weirdly.”
Each part of the name has a special meaning to the couple.
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent 🤍
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
(⚔️🐁 metal rat)
— Miss Information 🪐 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
“Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence,” Grimes explained on Twitter shortly after her son was born. “A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent.”
The last part of their son’s name was originally “A-12.” but the couple changed it to “A-Xii,” apparently because California law prohibits the use of numbers on birth certificates.
“X Æ A-Xii” may seem like a mouthful to pronounce, but Grimes revealed her sweet nickname for her son in a Bloomberg interview last year: she calls him “Little X.”