Zilis, 36, reportedly told her colleagues that she was not involved romantically with Musk, 51. Instead, she conceived the children with him through in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to five sources close to the situation. Reuters could not establish the accuracy of Zilis’ account.
The top executive has worked as Musk’s director of operations and special projects at the neurotechnology firm for five years. The outlet also reported that Neuralink’s 62-page employee handbook prohibits relationships between supervisors and subordinates to avoid any conflicts of interest.
However, Neuralink allegedly accepted Zilis’ description of her relationship with Musk as non-romantic and has continued her role at the company. Sources also told Reuters that the two have continued working together since the disclosure of their having children. Most recently, sources said Musk had sent Zilis to arrange a meeting with Thomas Oxley, the CEO of Neuralink’s competitor, Synchron.
The Tesla CEO secretly had twins in November of 2021, according to court documents obtained by Insider. The children were born weeks before the billionaire welcomed his second child, a surrogate, with his on-again, off-again partner, the musician Grimes.
In April, Musk and Zilis filed a petition to change the twins’ name to “have their father’s last name” and contain part of their mother’s last name in their middle name, according to the documents. A Texas court approved the request in May.