Who is Claire Elise Boucher or Grimes?
Most of us are familiar with the tech billionaire Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. With a net worth of around $43.2 Billion, he has contributed a lot in the fields of science and space, regarding eco-friendly electric vehicles. But what we know about Grimes is so little. Who is she? How is she related to Elon Musk? Let’s find out:
Grimes was born on the 17th of March, 1988 in Vancouver, British Columbia with her birth name Claire Boucher. She was always one for the arts and attended a school in the creative arts field. She is a known singer now and it all began when she started focusing on music during her period of college at McGill University, Montreal.
Her history with Music
It all started when Grime’s friend asked her to sing backing vocals for his band. She realized her talent after hitting all the high notes just right. All it took was a little guidance from friends in learning GarageBand and polishing her skills. Soon she was a rising music star with amazing skill and a unique yet admirable taste in music. It’s ethereal and dark, a bit strange for some. Grimes’ genre of music would be best described by the Wall Street Journal in 2019 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.”
Grimes’ first album was cassette only, released in 2010, and was called “Geidi Primes”. The same year she released another one called “Halfaxa” and toured around with Swedish singer Lykke Li. She had made up her mind about music as her passion, so she dropped out of McGill. In 2012, Grimes released “Visions” after signing to the British indie label 4AD. This being a success, her song “Oblivion” was declared the best song of the decade. In the following years, her career in music flourished. She produced music as well and stands up to people who bash women musicians.
"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."
How She Met Elon Musk and Became His Girlfriend
Grimes and Elon Musk basically met on Twitter. It’s quite amazing how two people from totally different worlds came together. These two were seen on Twitter bonding over a joke when Elon reached out to her. She had beaten him to crack a joke about artificial intelligence about Rococo Basilisk's character in her video of “Flesh without blood”. Ever since they have been appreciating and protecting each other through this platform. Along with some ups and downs, some business issues with Tesla, some distance, and rumors about them breaking up, they still remained together.
In March 2018 gossips spread that these two happened to be in a secret relationship for a while. It finally raveled when they made an appearance in the Met Gala, 2018. When asked Musk, he sweetly explained his love for Grimes and her talent as “wild fae artistic creativity and hyperintense work ethic”. In October 2018, the couple was seen at a pumpkin patch with Musk’s five sons.
8 Interesting Facts About Grimes
The Canadian star Grimes became popular on her sole hard work and rare ideas. She became an inspiration to new artists with exclusive and innovative minds that only lacked confidence. Here are some interesting facts you need to know about her:
1. She has a Lisp
A lisp is a speech defect in which a person misarticulates some letters. Like 'z' is pronounced like 'th'. It’s amazing of her to own how she is and refuses to undergo speech therapy. Most people are held back by these minor drawbacks. But it is okay to either have the courage to correct them or grow into them to make a stand.
2. Her name -Grimes
Wondering why she likes to be called Grimes? It was her MySpace account in 2007 when she started writing songs under this name. This name was chosen because she wrote Grimes for all three music genres to be listed, without really knowing what grime music was.
3. She likes clothes that stretch
She has a particular choice in music AND clothes. Most of her style is all about leather, dark colors, zippers, and buttons. But what we don’t know is that she wears clothes that tend to stretch. According to her, she doesn’t like to be confined within her clothes.
4. She’s vegetarian
Claire Boucher has a vegetarian taste which is mostly for political reasons. But she isn’t that extremist in that belief. She respects it though by not consuming milk and dairy products but claims to eat it on the road if anything else isn’t available. “I won’t starve myself”, she says.
5. Grimes states she’s been bullied
Now a successful musician, Grimes explains that she was bullied intensely as a child. People often made fun of her Lisp and her interests in gothic crowds and arts. She also states to have been beaten up due to her personality and likings.
6. All this without formal musical training
It takes both talent and determination to pursue your dreams. It’s not always about training by experts and expensive courses. Grimes is entirely a self-taught artist. She has been studying many subjects and fields at McGill University but the music was solely her passion and she only fueled her passion, for now, is her identity.
7. French-Canadian and Ukrainian heritage
You’d be surprised to know about Grimes’s heritage which is both French-Canadian and Ukrainian.
8. Her creativity
Like any normal person, Grimes had some hesitations regarding expressing her ideas and emotions for a song or video. At the beginning of her career, the makers and producers couldn’t do justice to creative vision, as they couldn’t fully understand it. That inspired her to create her own music and produce it as well.
X Æ A-12: Grimes' and Elon Musk's Son
Grimes announced her pregnancy in January 2020 with a cute picture of her baby bump. She had trolled her fans with pictures of her new album in the making, which also had a baby for the avatar. Later on, it was confirmed that Elon Musk was the father of the baby. On May 4th, 2020, Elon announced the birth of his son. They had named the baby “X AE A-12 Musk”.
The name is obviously unusual and hard to pronounce (Ex Ash A-Twelve). It was most likely put together because of Grimes’s album “4ÆM”. As for the legality of the name, along with California, no other states allow names to be registered that aren’t compiled from them regular 26 alphabets.
Later on, the baby’s pictures were all over the internet with tattoos. Elon joked about them replying to a fan, “Thanks : ) Never too young for some ink haha.” On May 24th, Elon Musk announced that they changed their baby’s name to “X Æ A-Xii” and Gowon, from the K-pop band, Loona will be the godmother to "X Æ A-Xii".
What she is currently up to?
Having a baby changes everything. Still, many people keep a balance between their personal and work lives. According to Grime’s Instagram account, she posted this witty caption with her new Italian Vogue cover after giving birth. This means she’s all in on both, baby AND the music.
She doesn’t seem very active on Instagram which shows she might be having her hands full with the baby, but we believe she is still going strong as a musician. Who knows she might surprise us with a new single or an album soon? She has experienced and handled life differently. Her way of handling the baby would be something else too. Her twitter is somewhat active, but only the usual worldly affairs and news are seen by her retweets. Not so much about the baby or the music, till now.
Two people who were poles apart in the world’s eyes managed to be together and had a cute little baby as a token of their love. Grimes has inspired people to be themselves, and be proud of what makes you unique. She seems a little strange to people, but the strangest thing of all is, she admits it and owns it.