Elon Musk and Grimes’ break-up: they met on Twitter, stepped out at the Met Gala and had their baby X Æ A-XII – now they’re ‘semi-separated’ after 3 years

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he and musician Grimes are “semi-separated”. Photo: WireImage

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and the musician Grimes have broken up, Page Six reported. The couple had been dating since 2018, when they made their surprise debut at the annual Met Gala.

Here’s a timeline of their relationship, from weathering numerous ups and downs to having a baby together.

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Grimes. Photo: Handout

Claire Boucher, better known by her stage name Grimes, is a Canadian singer and producer. She’s also an outspoken advocate for female artists and their treatment by the press and music industry. She’s released multiple albums to critical acclaim, and her breakout album “Visions” won the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year.

Grimes and Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, met over Twitter. Musk was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence and discovered she had beaten him to the punch via the Rococo Basilisk character from her Flesh Without Blood music video.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures as he visits the construction site of Tesla’s Gigafactory in Gruenheide near Berlin, Germany, on August 13. Photo: Reuters
In May 2018, soon before the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Page Six reported that the pair had been “quietly dating” for a few weeks. The report announced that the couple planned to attend the Met Gala together, and that they had been tweeting at each other for a few months.
Elon Musk and Grimes arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, in May 2018. Photo: Reuters
Grimes and Musk did end up attending the Met Gala together, which was their first official appearance as a couple. Musk later told The Wall Street Journal that he loves Grimes for her “wild fae artistic creativity and hyper intense work ethic”.

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Grimes and Elon Musk attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition in May 2018, in New York. Photo: Invision/AP

News of their relationship spurred an outpouring of memes by their legions of loyal fans online, who were caught by surprise by the unexpected pairing. Someone even made a Google Chrome extension that replaced all instances of “Elon Musk” on a webpage with “Grimes’ Boyfriend”.

Early on in their relationship, Grimes took to Twitter several times to defend Musk and Tesla. In since-deleted tweets, Grimes said Musk has never tried to stop Tesla workers from unionising and claimed she encouraged a union vote among Tesla employees.

Grimes defending Elon Musk on Twitter. Photo: @Grimezsz/Twitter
Grimes also began attending official events with Musk, like the Hyperloop Pod Competition in July 2018. She and Musk, along with his five sons, made an unscheduled appearance at the event.

That same month, after it was revealed that Musk had made donations to Republican political committees, Grimes defended his choice, calling it “the price of doing business”. After her tweets began to receive some backlash, she added that “there is no world in which I’m OK with Republican donations”.

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That August, Musk sent this now infamous tweet: “Am considering taking Tesla private at US$420. Funding secured.” He later admitted he picked the US$420 share price as a joke to amuse Grimes, according to the SEC. (The number is also slang for smoking marijuana.)

Elon Musk once made a 420 joke on Twitter to amuse Grimes. Photo: YouTube

Musk and Tesla eventually settled with the SEC over the tweet, agreeing to pay US$20 million apiece. Musk also agreed to step down as chairman of Tesla’s board and appoint a committee to oversee his communications.

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Rapper Azealia Banks – a former friend of Grimes – claimed to be at Musk’s house in Los Angeles during that weekend while he was “scrounging for investors” following his tweet. She compared the situation to something out of the horror movie Get Out.

Later that summer, Musk and Grimes unfollowed each other on Instagram, and Musk unfollowed Grimes on Twitter, which caused some to speculate that their relationship was on the rocks.

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But by October, it appeared that they had reconnected: they were spotted at a pumpkin patch in Los Angeles with Musk’s five sons. Musk also re-followed Grimes on Twitter.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the groundbreaking ceremony of Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory in Shanghai, east China, in January 2019. Photo: Xinhua

A few months later, in January 2019, Grimes tweeted that she was “randomly” in China at the same time as Musk was opening Tesla’s new factory in Shanghai. The two were filmed eating a meal together in Beijing.

Grimes described Musk as “a super-interesting goddamn person” in a Wall Street Journal profile in March.

Grimes may have made an appearance as a hologram at Tesla’s unveiling of its Cybertruck. Photo: Tesla

In November, Grimes may have even made an appearance at the unveiling of Tesla’s highly anticipated Cybertruck: the “cybergirl” hologram who unveiled the truck sported a seemingly identical leg tattoo as the one Grimes has. Many speculated the hologram was actually Grimes, although it was never confirmed.

A few weeks later, the couple was spotted cruising around Los Angeles in the Cybertruck, stopping to grab dinner at high-end Japanese restaurant Nobu.

Elon Musk watched Grimes perform at the 2019 Game Awards. Photo: YouTube

When Grimes performed at the 2019 Game Awards in December, Musk was in the audience, even giving her a standing ovation.

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The couple stopped by the annual Kardashian-Jenner family Christmas Eve party that December, posing for a photo with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and rappers Travis Scott, Quavo and Saweetie.

Then, in January, Grimes dropped a bombshell: she posted a nude photo to her Instagram and Twitter accounts that showed her pregnant with a fetus Photoshopped on her belly. The post didn’t include a caption, but in a comment on the post, Grimes appeared to imply that she was, in fact, pregnant.

Grimes later confirmed that she was expecting a baby. She said in February that the internet had already guessed some of the names she was considering for her child.

During a live-stream on Twitch in February to promote her new album, “Miss Anthropocene”, Grimes revealed that the baby’s due date was May 4.


In a March Rolling Stone interview, Grimes confirmed for the first time that she and Musk were having the baby together. Days before Grimes’ due date, Musk acknowledged the pregnancy on Twitter.

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On the evening of May 4, Musk announced on Twitter that the baby was born, saying, “Mom and baby all good”, In follow-up tweets, Musk wrote that the couple had a baby boy. One Twitter user asked Musk the name of their child, to which he responded, “ X Æ A-12 Musk”.
The couple later amended the baby’s name to “ X Æ A-Xii” due to California naming laws, but they appear to call him, simply, “X”.
Elon Musk with his son, X Æ A-Xii. Photo: @Grimes/Instagram

In late 2020, Musk announced that he had moved to Texas over a spat with the state of California over coronavirus lockdowns. The couple was spotted hanging out in Austin, and Grimes also confirmed that she had moved to the Texas capital.

In March, Musk posted a rare family photo of him, Grimes, and baby X with the caption “Starbase, Texas”, a reference to the city he hopes to create around SpaceX’s launch facilities.

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When Musk hosted Saturday Night Live in May, Grimes made a cameo, appearing as Princess Peach in a Super Mario-themed sketch.

Grimes during a sketch on Saturday Night Live. Photo: NBC

But the move to Texas appears to have put a strain on their relationship. Musk told Page Six that he and Grimes are “semi-separated” but still love each other and are on great terms. “It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or travelling overseas and her work is primarily in LA,” he said.

He added that Grimes is “staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room”. On Thursday night, September 23, Grimes posted a video on TikTok of her trying to get X to say “mama” – Musk’s voice is audible in the background.

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  • While they were dating, Grimes defended the Tesla CEO on social media, and appeared during the Super Mario-themed Saturday Night Live sketch that he hosted
  • Grimes’ former friend Azealia Banks once compared an investor meeting at Musk’s house to the film Get Out – but was the couple’s move to Austin, Texas, the final straw?