Who Is Grimes, The Pop Genius Who Just So Happens To Be Dating Elon Musk?

Tech giant and billionaire Elon Musk turned heads at the 2018 Met Gala when he showed up on the red carpet with none other than Grimes, the edgy Canadian pop star famous for singles such as "Kill V. Maim" and "Genesis." Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, is known for her avant-garde music and unusual fashion sense while thrice-divorced Musk is the tech mogul behind SpaceX and Tesla. But bringing this unlikely looking couple together is a shared foundation of alternative philosophies and unique worldviews: Musk, for example, believes we're all living in a giant computer simulation, and Grimes, posits on her Instagram bio: "i submit 2 the robot overlords."

Grimes and Elon Musk are certainly an odd couple, but they share more in common than one would assume. Only time will tell just how long the two unlikely lovers will last, but Grimes herself is certainly fascinating enough all on her own.

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  • Grimes And Elon Musk Met Over Twitter Because Of A Joke About Artificial Intelligence

    Grimes and Elon Musk first went public as a couple during the Met Gala on May 7, 2018. The beginning of the couple's relationship began on Twitter; Musk wanted to make a joke about Roko's Basilisk, a thought experiment that theorizes a future in which artificial intelligence rules the world and has the ability to punish people who didn't help it to exist. The joke he planned was a pun that combined the thought experiment with the 18th-century French baroque style Rococo — but Musk noticed that Grimes had beat him to it. The artist had created a character named Rococo Basilisk for her 2015 music video, "Flesh Without Blood." Grimes explained in an interview, "I don't know if you've heard of Roko's Basilisk. She's doomed to be eternally tortured by an artificial intelligence, but she's also kind of like Marie Antoinette." 

    A source confirmed, "Elon was researching the idea of joking about Rococo Basilisk, and when he saw Grimes had already joked about it, he reached out to her. Grimes said this was the first time in three years that anyone understood the joke. They were both poking fun at AI." 

  • Musk Was A Fan of Her Music Before They Met

    Musk claims he was was a fan of his girlfriend even before they started dating, and by all accounts, he was first attracted to her music. In early 2018, Musk tweeted out the music video Grimes produced with Janelle Monae, then approved publicly of Grimes's Spotify playlist called Go Flex & Psycho. Flirty banter ensued. "Glad ur finally listening to cyberpunk speedwae hahaha," Grimes tweeted. "Sounds great riding my cyborg," Musk responded. 

    When Musk later tweeted a video made from long-exposure pictures of a comet, Grimes responded, "That’s a lot of cocaine." Musk replied, "Yeah, most people don’t know this, but comets [are] mostly made of cocaine."

    After news of the pair's relationship broke, one Twitter user made it a point to ask him what his favorite Grimes songs were. "Btw Elon, what's your favorite Grimes songs?" The tech mogul replied, "Flesh without blood and Kill v Maim on Art Angels album." 

  • Musk Claimed To Have Helped Design The Dress Grimes Wore To The Met Gala

    The two publicly revealed their relationship at the 2018 Met Gala, where Grimes wore a dress Musk claimed to have helped "sketch." His aesthetic influence was indeed obvious: Grimes wore a large Tesla logo-inspired choker around her neck. 

    At the time of their first public appearance, the couple admitted they had been quietly dating for a month after their initial contact online. The SpaceX and Tesla founder previously had bad luck in love, first divorcing his second wife in 2012 before reconciling and ultimately divorcing again. When asked by reporters about their relationship, Musk referred to the Met Gala as "date night." 

  • Their Courtship Has Launched A Meme Fest — And The Couple Approves

    After news spread that Musk and Grimes were an item, social media went crazy. Along with the internet buzz came the inevitable creation of memes that poked fun at the odd pairing. One meme showed a picture of The Simpsons character Milhouse standing next to a gothic-looking Lisa Simpson, which the caption "Grimes is dating Elon Musk."

    Grimes and Musk both acknowledged the memes, with the singer calling one of them "accurate" on Twitter and Musk referring to another as "so rococo." 

  • Grimes Built A Raft And Sailed Down The Mississippi River


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    In 2009, Grimes and a college pal traveled from Montreal to Minnesota where they spent a month living with friends while constructing a 20-foot raft. They christened it "Velvet Glove Cast in Iron" and decorated it with paintings of "fantastical creatures." Then, in a journey reminiscent of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn's adventures, the two packed their raft with live chickens, sacks of potatoes, and a sewing machine before setting sail down the Mississippi River toward New Orleans. 

    Soon into the trip, the engine reportedly failed, so Grimes and her buddy spent three weeks attempting to fix the boat while floating downriver; they even had a run-in with police. Grimes later claimed not all the media reporting about her raft trip was true, but admitted that the impound of the raft left her temporarily homeless. 

  • She Recorded Music With Janelle Monáe And Wrote A Song For Rihanna, Who Rejected It

    Grimes has recorded music with some big-name collaborators, including Janelle Monáe. The pair first worked together on Grimes's 2015 album Art Angels, collaborating on the song "Venus Fly." In 2018, Monáe released her album Dirty Computer, which includes a song called "PYNK" that she recorded with Grimes. "PYNK is the color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere… PYNK is where the future is born," the song description explains. The two performed together at Coachella music festival in April of 2018.

    Grimes also wrote a song for Rihanna, which was ultimately rejected by the singer. Grimes released it as her own track in 2014.