The name Ilona Mask did not leave the front pages recently – there were enough info lines for all of the publications. The founder of SpaceX and the billionaire caused a sensation in the scientific world by successfully launching the Falcon 9 rocket with the ship Crew Dragon (there were two NASA astronauts on board) to the ISS, and became a father again, surprising everyone with a choice of name for their son – encryption from letters and symbols has been hotly debated. network users. But her mother May Mask, whose book Woman With a Plan, was recently translated into Russian, is not far behind in terms of advertising. Irina Shikhman interviewed her via a video link for her YouTube show “Et parle?” and questioned May about her brilliant son, a victim of domestic violence and a modeling career, which she successfully pursued at the age of 72. The most interesting excerpts from the conversation have been collected in our material.
About her son Ilon’s hobbies and the emotions of launching the ship
When he sold PayPal, he said, “I don’t know, I have to deal with rockets, electric cars or solar energy.” I said, “Choose one thing.” But he did not obey.
May mask with children Kimbal, Longing and Ilon
We all went to Florida, the whole family was at the mission control center, and then everything was postponed due to weather conditions. In other words, you are all impatient and excited, then you have to wait again. Four days later, it started all over again, and this time is just amazing. We are all very proud of Ilon. Then we had a gala dinner, we were delighted, just the best day.
About their children’s mission
My children have always done things that benefit others. And even when something was not working for them, I was just happy that they were doing a good thing. Each of my children has a mission. Ilon wants to save the world with electric cars.
Kimbal makes restaurants from farm to table, supporting farmers. Tosca is a film producer, and before having to work on films where women were abused or tortured, but she said: “That’s enough for me, I will make romantic films based on romantic bestsellers”.
Irina Shikhman / May Mask
About unsuccessful marriage
I haven’t seen him (Errol Mask. – Ed.) For two years because my family forbade us from seeing each other because of his aggressiveness, although when we met, he didn’t beat me, he was just aggressive with everyone. I moved to Cape Town to study and he came to see me a thousand miles away with a ring to make an offer. I said that I would not marry him or wear this ring, but he insisted that I keep it for myself. And so he went back to my parents’ house and lied to them that I agreed to marry him. They agreed on everything, organized, sent out invitations. And then I received a telegram: “Congratulations, your wedding date is September 20.”
I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t agree! I spent the money to call Errol, and he said he was going to change, and that he was so angry that because I didn’t agree to marry him. I was then desperately alone and he took me in this state. I went back to my parents two weeks before the wedding and realized it hadn’t changed. But at that time, you couldn’t just say that you won’t get married when the gifts are already purchased and the guests are invited. So I started with the idea that everything couldn’t be so bad. But I had three fantastic children! But at the first opportunity, after nine years, I fled.
About domestic violence suffered
I remember how it hit me for the first time. It was the first day of the honeymoon. He ordered me to unpack the bags and cook for him to eat, and I asked if he would help me. And he hit me and said, “Here’s your place, do what I said.” After my honeymoon, I came back pregnant and scuffed, and I could not confess to my parents, because my whole family said to me: “Why did you marry him?”
About the right to be alone
My relationship was not always very successful, but I was patient and I kept them because I did not want to be alone. I endured even when they told me how stupid, ugly or boring I was. For example, in Toronto, I met a man who did not treat me very well, but I always forgave him and justified him. She figured it was because he was a bit insecure and worried about unemployment.
And now what I’m going to say is that we suffer too much, we meet losers. Better to be alone than in such a relationship. This does not mean that one should not try to be happy, marriage can be excellent – my twin sister, for example, is happy in marriage. But I am unlucky. But today, I’m happy not to depend on anyone and every day I feel good.
Should i give birth
My husband never changed children’s diapers, did not get up at night, did not take care of them, and I had to take care and cook not only for three children, but also for him, and even work . My daughter didn’t have all of that. Yes, IVF is a difficult process (Tosca gave birth to IVF), we have been looking for a sperm donor for a long time, but she says it is the best thing that has happened in her life. I asked her if she would like to give birth to one of the men she met, but she said no.
Men are really helpers, so children are always on the woman’s shoulders, and caring for them is better than the man. And I wrote about it in the book, because I wanted to tell women that they could have beautiful children, even if they couldn’t find a man.
About a nude photo shoot at age 69
My first nude photo shoot was for Time Magazine, and it was hard for me to decide, I was not used to nudity. Kimbal and Tosca convinced me to play, they said: “Well it’s Time Magazine, everything will be fine!”. The photo session was closed, no one could enter, the women were wearing make-up.
First, they put me in front of the mirror so that I could see what the frame would be, then they invited only a male photographer. He was very polite, took a few shots and they were beautiful. But I don’t want to start over. It’s no longer interesting to me, I look great in clothes.
Based on materials: www.spletnik.ru