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What you need to know about Grimes, the Canadian musician who just had a baby with tech billionaire Elon Musk (TSLA)



  • Canadian musician Grimes and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have had their first child together. 
  • The couple have been dating since May 2018, when they announced they were dating at the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, was born in Canada and is a singer, songwriter, and producer.
  • She recently released her latest album, "Miss Anthropocene."
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

At the Met Gala in 2018, a surprising new couple showed up on the red carpet: billionaire tech CEO Elon Musk and Canadian musician Grimes.

While Musk has long been known to date successful and high-profile women, he and the musician made a seemingly unlikely pairing. Shortly before they walked the red carpet together, Page Six announced their relationship and explained how they met: over Twitter, thanks to a shared sense of humor and a fascination with artificial intelligence.

Since they made their relationship public in May 2018, the couple has continued to make headlines: Grimes for publicly defending Musk and speaking out about Tesla, and Musk for tweeting that he wants to take Tesla private, sparking an SEC investigation. But shortly after Musk's run-in with the SEC, Grimes and Musk unfollowed each other on social media, igniting rumors that the pair had broken up. 

However, the couple appeared to have reconnected soon after. Grimes was in the car when Musk was spotted driving his new Cybertruck prototype around Los Angeles, and Musk made an appearance at the 2019 Game Awards to watch Grimes' performance at the event, giving her a standing ovation.

After several of Grimes' social media posts in January sparked rumors she was pregnant, the singer revealed she was seven months along. The news sparked dozens of memes about the couple's unborn child, and Grimes even acknowledged that some of the meme accounts' names were "on point." In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Grimes confirmed that she and Musk are having the baby together. Musk didn't acknowledge the baby until last Friday, when he tweeted that it was due on Monday. 

For those who may be wondering who Grimes is and how she and Musk ended up together, here's what you need to know about the Canadian singer and producer.

SEE ALSO: Grimes says Elon Musk's billions don't bother her because he isn't 'buying yachts,' and that she doesn't accept any financial help for her art

Grimes — born as Claire Boucher — grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended a school that specialized in creative arts, but didn't focus on music until she started attending McGill University in Montreal.

Source: The Guardian, Fader

A friend persuaded Grimes to sing backing vocals for his band, and she found it incredibly easy to hit all the right notes. She had another friend show her how to use GarageBand and started recording music.

Source: The Guardian

Grimes has been described as an electronic-pop artist, whose music is "dark and ethereal, catchy and strange." In a 2019 profile, the Wall Street Journal described her music as "the kind of music you imagine a group of vampires would listen to if this group of vampires also happened to be on a cheerleading squad."

Source: Wall Street Journal

In 2010, Grimes released a cassette-only album called "Geidi Primes." She released her second album, "Halfaxa," later that year and subsequently went on tour with the Swedish singer Lykke Li. Eventually, she dropped out of McGill to focus on music.

Source: The Guardian, Fader

In 2012, Grimes signed to the British indie label 4AD and released "Visions," which would become a breakout success. Two years later, Pitchfork named "Oblivion" the best song of the decade so far.

Source: Pitchfork, The Guardian

Grimes signed with Jay-Z's management company, Roc Nation, in 2013.

Source: Fader

As she worked on the follow-up album to her widely acclaimed "Visions" album, Grimes considered a move to Billboard-charting pop music. She even wrote a song in 2014 for Rihanna, who ended up not putting the song on her album. Grimes released the song herself, but fans were upset she was "pandering to the radio."

Source: New York Times

Grimes released her fourth studio album, "Art Angels," in the fall of 2015. The single of the album, "Flesh Without Blood," features a character she created named Rococo Basilisk who is "doomed to be eternally tortured by an artificial intelligence, but she's also kind of like Marie Antoinette," she told Fuse.

Source: Business Insider, Fuse

Aside from singing, Grimes also produces music, and she's been vocal about how the music industry and media treat female artists. "The thing that I hate about the music industry is all of a sudden it's like, 'Grimes is a female musician' and 'Grimes has a girly voice,'" she told the Fader. "It's like, yeah, but I'm a producer, and I spend all day looking at f---ing graphs and EQs and doing really technical work."

Source: Fader

Grimes is also an avid gamer, and she has streamed herself playing the fantasy role-playing game "Bloodborne" on Twitch, the video-game-streaming platform. Her handle, "@Ocarina_of_Grimes," is a reference to the video game "Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time," released in 1998.

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Source: Noisey

In May 2018, Grimes attended the Met Gala with Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. At the time, reports said they had been "quietly dating" for the past few weeks. Musk later told the Wall Street Journal that he loves Grimes for her "wild fae artistic creativity and hyper intense work ethic."

Source: Page Six, Wall Street Journal

Grimes and Musk met on Twitter. Musk was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence — specifically, about the Rococo Basilisk character in her "Flesh Without Blood" video — and discovered she had beaten him to the punch.

Source: Page Six

Since then, Grimes has taken to Twitter several times to defend Musk and Tesla. In since-deleted tweets, Grimes said Musk has never tried to stop Tesla workers from unionizing, and claims to have encouraged a union vote among Tesla employees. In a 2019 interview, Grimes said she was "simply unprepared" for how much attention her tweets would get.

Source: Business Insider, Wall Street Journal

Grimes contributed her talents to a song on Janelle Monae's album, "Dirty Computer," released in April 2018. After initially teasing an album of her own for 2018, she said on Instagram that she wouldn't be releasing new music "any time soon" and alluded to a rift between her and her label, 4AD.

Source: Spin

In July 2018, Grimes wrote on Twitter that she and rapper Azealia Banks were collaborating on a song. A month later, Banks flew to Los Angeles to work on music with Grimes at one of Musk's properties, which was the beginning of a tumultuous story involving Banks, Grimes, and Musk.

Source: Business Insider

The day before Banks arrived in LA, Musk posted the now-infamous "funding secured" tweet about having enough money to take Tesla private. Banks said she overheard Musk "scrounging for investors" while at his house, and that Grimes and Musk essentially went into hiding as Tesla sought funding. Banks compared her stay to "a real life episode of 'Get Out,'" and said the couple got her to stay with the promise of collaborating on music.

Source: Business Insider

The relationship between Banks and Grimes devolved from there. Banks later shared with Business Insider a series of messages between the two singers, where Grimes states: "he got into weed cuz of me and he's super entertained by 420 so when he decided to take the stock private he calculated it was worth 419$ so he rounded up to 420 for a laugh and now the sec is investigating him for fraud."

Source: Business Insider

Musk deleted his Instagram and unfollowed Grimes on Twitter in August 2018, prompting rumors that the couple may have broken up.

Source: Business Insider

In September 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Musk on charges that he made "false and misleading statements" about taking Tesla private at $420 per share. As part of the filing, Musk said he chose that price-point because he thought his girlfriend, Grimes, "would find it funny, which admittedly is not a great reason to pick a price." Musk later settled with the SEC.

Source: Business Insider

It seems that Grimes and Musk reconnected in October 2018: the couple was spotted at a pumpkin patch with Musk's five sons. It was the first time they were spotted in public together since the SEC investigation. Musk also re-followed Grimes on Twitter after a period of flip-flopping on his follow.

Source: Business Insider

Grimes kept a low profile following the "funding secured" scandal. In January 2019, she tweeted she was "randomly" in China on the same day Musk was there to launch Tesla's new factory project in Shanghai.

Source: Business Insider

Grimes returned to the public eye with a profile in the Wall Street Journal's magazine in March 2019. Grimes — who said she now prefers to go by the name "c" instead of her birth name, Claire — referred to Musk as "a super-interesting goddamn person."

Source: Wall Street Journal

In November 2019, Musk unveiled Tesla's new battery-powered Cybertruck. The truck was unveiled by a mysterious "cybergirl" hologram, who many have speculated was actually Grimes (although that hasn't been confirmed). The hologram sported a leg tattoo that appears to match one Grimes has.

Source: Business Insider

Grimes' possible appearance as the Tesla "cybergirl" would be fitting, given the e-girl aesthetic that the alt-pop singer portrays. The "e-girl," popularized by teens in 2019, has become a term for the modern-day scene teens who sport a grungy vibe, love video games, and shirk the mainstream, manicured Instagram aesthetic.

Source: Business Insider

A month after the Cybertruck was unveiled, Musk was spotted driving his company's new prototype vehicle around Los Angeles. Grimes was spotted in the truck alongside Musk, who was seen in a video mowing down a traffic cone.

Source: The Cut, Business Insider

Grimes performed in December at the 2019 Game Awards, which celebrates the best of the video game industry. Grimes debuted a new song, called "4ÆM," and it was revealed her music — and voice, for a character named Lizzy Wizzy — would be featured in a not-yet-released video game called "Cyberpunk 2077." Musk made a surprise appearance in the audience to watch Grimes' performance, and even gave a short standing ovation at the end.

Source: Business Insider

The song she debuted at the Game Awards, "4ÆM," is from Grimes' new album, called "Miss Anthropocene," which was released in February.

Source: Pitchfork

In early January, Grimes shared two photos on Instagram and Twitter that appeared to show her pregnant, including one image with a fetus Photoshopped on her stomach. Internet users immediately began to speculate about the baby's father, and flooded Twitter with memes. The couple fielded congratulations from various celebrities, including then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Source: Business Insider

Many were unsure what to make of Grimes' posts, since she is known for trolling on social media and was also working on another baby: her new album. She fueled further rumors after launching social media accounts for War Nymph, a digital avatar resembling an infant. Grimes said it's not meant to represent her unborn child, but is rather a "de-aged digital clone."

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Source: Grimes on Twitter, Pitchfork

Grimes later confirmed she was pregnant. On Instagram, Grimes has described her pregnancy as "a bit of an ordeal" for which she feels "woefully ill prepared."

Source: Business Insider

In an interview with The Face in late February, Grimes said she was seven months pregnant. She also shared that has been playing techno for her baby in the womb, and that some memes circulating about her baby's name had been "annoyingly" on point.

Source: The Face

Grimes confirmed in a March interview with Rolling Stone that Musk is the father of her child. Musk didn't acknowledge the pregnancy until last Friday, when he tweeted that the baby was due on Monday.

Source: Business Insider,Business Insider

On the evening of May 4, Musk announced the birth on Twitter, saying, "Mom & baby all good." In follow-up tweets, Musk wrote that the couple has a baby boy. One Twitter user asked Musk the name of their child, to which the tech billionaire responded, "X Æ A-12 Musk."

Source: Business Insider

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