On Tuesday, Elon Musk’s mother Maye told the TODAY Show about the moment she realized her politically conservative son was a genius. Despite her refusal to discuss Twitter’s possible $44 billion acquisition by her clever son, she thinks he “should do whatever he wants” because he is most qualified in science and business.

In the past, Maye, Musk’s mother, who is 74, said that she tried to advise her son on business situations in the past. She advised him not to deal with electric automobiles or devote his attention to rockets, but he “didn’t listen to her.”

Maye was a former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model who is just 24 years older than her fifty-year-old billionaire son. Now that she knows better than to advise Musk on his business decisions, knowing he’ll do whatever he wants and not listen to his mother’s advice, she understands that he’ll ignore what she has to say.

“He should do whatever he wants. I told him not to do an electric car as well as rockets, and he didn’t listen to me,” she said.

Maye became the oldest model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit when she graced it for the first time in over 50 years. When Maye’s son was three years old, he was already going to nursery school and she claims she knew he was a genius.

“Yes [I knew he was special from the beginning],” Maye said. “At three years old, I took him to the nursery school, and I said, ‘I want to enroll him.’ They said he should really wait a year. I said, ‘No, I have a genius son.’ They rolled their eyes. Everybody. Because he was shy, they didn’t see the genius because I was the only person he had to talk to. That’s why I knew about this. He would reason with me but remember everything going on.”

According to Maye, if it weren’t for Kimbal Musk’s older brother, he may have remained a genius locked away in the basement tinkering with electronics. Kimbel assisted in the public understanding of Musk’s genius, according to Maye.

“In the beginning, Kimbal was with him in the first company, and Kimbal could explain what a computer is… what’s a curser, what’s a mouse, and the background as to why the program is so great.”

Elon Musk has made headlines recently after he announced his desire to acquire Twitter for $44 billion. However, he “temporarily (put) his takeover plans on hold” until he can figure out how many bots make up Twitter’s base of users.

“My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5%. This deal cannot move forward until he does,” he said.