Elon Musk is known to take great delight in having children; his ex-wife gave birth to three boys and a girl; then later on his girlfriend singer Grimes also gave birth.
Last week, Grimes graced the cover of Vanity Fair magazine and her interview has since caused considerable waves online. Some are suggesting she pegged Elon Musk as someone she has targeted; while others defend his name against such allegations.
As an avid Jalopnik reader, you may already know of Elon Musk’s relationship with Canadian indie musician/producer/critically acclaimed weirdo Grimes – but what exactly does this mean for the world and who exactly is Grimes?
Grimes (real name Claire Elise Boucher) hails from a strict Catholic household in Quebec but became involved with some less-than-ideal situations during her teenage years – as evidenced in a 2003 movie called Thirteen about an irrepressibly rebellious girl drawn into an underground of drugs and sexual relationships. She credits Thirteen as having inspired much of what went down during that dark time in her life.
Grimes spoke candidly with Rolling Stone about her relationship with Musk and how his influence on her music has affected it, as well as some of the challenges she has experienced working in one of the most misogynistic industries today.
Grimes has persevered despite these difficulties and produced critically-acclaimed albums like her recent effort, Miss Anthropocene. However, she remains controversial within the music scene–she does not play pop radio stations and her songs often don’t fit into playlists easily.
She’s also an impressive collaborator, working alongside musicians like Janelle Monae, Doug Jones and The Smashing Pumpkins. Additionally, she’s an active champion for women’s rights – supporting various causes including helping build a school in Haiti after its devastating earthquake.
Grimes has plenty on her plate right now: raising son X AE A-12 with Musk, whom she refers to as “mom”, as well as working on her next album and recently announced on Twitter that their baby will be named WarNymph – an anime character from Bleach!
Rumors began swirling among this couple after two years together that they might soon be expecting their first child. While neither party confirmed any news publicly, posts by them on Instagram and TikTok with captions like “Starbase, Texas” and “Mom and Dad’s new holographic spaceship” appeared with images implying their firstborn was imminent.
Why did it happen?
Elon Musk has established himself as one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time, founding Tesla, SpaceX and several other businesses. Additionally he serves as chairman of solar power company SolarCity with an estimated net worth of over $70.5 billion. As well as being involved in numerous controversial ventures himself.
He is well-known for his eccentric personality and often refers to himself as the “Troll Prince of Twitter”. Additionally, his ambitious projects and desire to change the world is legendary; one goal being making human life sustainable on Mars. Recently he announced a company dedicated solely to producing spaceships to facilitate this goal.
Elon Musk is known for his various business ventures and musical talent. He has released multiple albums since 2013, with one featuring collaboration between himself and Kanye West called Technoking becoming a hit release that year. They plan to work together again sometime later.
The two musicians are an ideal pair and share similar musical interests, taking great pleasure in exploring sound synthesis techniques to craft their signature style. Both musicians also take great pleasure in spending so much time together pursuing their work passions.
Although it remains uncertain if Elon Musk approached Grimes directly, they have become close. They have often been seen together at public events and seem inseparable lately; even going so far as revealing to friends that they are dating.
Grimes recently posted an Instagram mirror selfie that almost unmasked her; she was sporting red contact lenses and white face paint; her hair had also been styled into a wig cap for added effect – creating what appeared to be the look of someone from a horror film.
Image went viral and earned over 800k likes and 100k retweets on Twitter, with its caption reading, “When You Visit Your Boys House and Both Wear Orange,” making reference to the odd incident with Azealia Banks earlier this year where Banks said staying at Musk’s house felt similar to being in Get Out movie.
What is the significance of this event?
The internet has responded with mixed responses to Grimes’ viral story of her sexual assault experience. While some have applauded her courage in confronting it head on, others have accused her of being an “calculating cold-hearted gold digger.” Whatever your opinion on Grimes’ case may be, no matter your perspective it was undoubtedly traumatizing and she deserves every right to seek professional assistance as needed.
Grimes recently spoke candidly to Rolling Stone about her relationship with Elon Musk, including their initial meeting, their romantic development and eventual breakdown. Additionally, she addressed Azealia Banks’ claims of being left alone at Musk’s home for days after being invited there to stay.
Grimes also discussed her work and feelings surrounding becoming famous, noting the pressure associated with being associated with one’s art form. But she believes the attention can actually help her career – saying her music has improved since becoming famous.
Elon Musk and Grimes’ relationship has long been controversial. After breaking up multiple times and even temporarily being semi-separated, they’ve managed to co-parent their son X AE A-12 successfully while making occasional appearances together like Saturday Night Live.
Grimes has recently drawn attention to herself by defending some of Musk’s practices despite evidence suggesting their relationship has become tenuous. This seems particularly concerning given how clearly this couple have very tenuous relations with one another.
This incident marks just the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Tesla’s CEO and musician, both being involved in various lawsuits and bizarre Twitter tirades over time. Still, despite these rocky relations they managed to co-parent their son together as well as pursue separate projects; hopefully they can put aside their differences and focus on his wellbeing – especially now as his future health could be at stake.
What are the possible consequences?
Elon Musk has an impressively full plate. As CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, he works on creating a brain-machine interface to let you control robots with your thoughts; and is working on building tunneling systems that would help ease traffic in major cities. Plus he’s an iconicoclastic figure whose life story has inspired memes; what may not be immediately evident, though, is his role as father and husband.
Musk, in addition to running his own businesses, is also a father to five sons and four daughters, including two sets of twin daughters. Additionally, he shares his life with Grimes who first came into his life when she opened for one of his girlfriend’s concerts back in 2012. They eventually began dating before getting married in 2016.
And yet, like every famous couple, Grimes and Musk have not been spared from drama. There have been reports that Grimes believes Musk to be an overly eager gold digger — though she quickly debunked such claims in a humorous tweet.
Grimes’ music has long been known to address today’s social and environmental challenges head on, from climate change and forest fires to de-habitation and more. Her latest release, Visions, features songs that express her anger against these issues head-on. Her latest effort includes songs that address such topics. Her most aggressive album yet was inspired by aggression: it features songs which advocate against commercializing emotions such as sadness as well as climate change itself – including forest fires and de-habitaton – while simultaneously confronting their causes head on in tune.
As well as her imagery — often taking on a Marie Antoinette appearance (which Sofia Coppola may have taken note of with her 2015 film Counting Stars) — she’s known for her support of the Democratic Party; however, recent crackdowns on free speech may have made her disillusioned with them.
All these factors have led to some tension between Grimes and her fans, particularly among some fellow musicians, over her comments regarding Elon’s relationship with Zola Jesus. With Twitter closing its doors with so few employees remaining in its building, many are taking aim at Grimes as an object of blame – with Elon and Zola Jesus often being targeted as candidates for blame. So who do we blame now?