In the latest slice of bizarre from the private life of Elon Musk, the tech titan believes that ex-girlfriend Grimes is so perfect that she must be a simulation he created in his mind, according to a new BBC documentary.
The same documentary, called The Elon Musk Show, then goes on to say that Grimes actually agrees with the theory.
The Canadian singer was already 31 when she met Musk but those three decades in existence appear not to have swayed her too much when considering the theory.
Vanity Fair journalist Devin Gordon says that Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, shared with him Musk’s mind-bending theory in a recent interview.
‘She told me repeatedly that Musk has this theory of her that she’s not real, that she’s a simulation who was created by him and exists in his cerebral cortex as sort of the perfect companion to him,’ he says.
‘Which sounds a little crazy and maybe even a little creepy, except, she agrees with it. She said she does feel like this simulation which was perfectly created for him.’
Musk has flirted before with the philosophical concept that our reality – and all of us in it – is just a simulation in a computer somewhere in another reality that we can never access or perceive – known as the ‘simulation theory’.
‘If you assume any rate of improvement at all, games will eventually be indistinguishable from reality,’ Musk said on the Joe Rogan Experience in 2018, before concluding: ‘We’re most likely in a simulation.’
Grimes and Elon Musk make their first public appearance together Met Gala in 2018
They have two children together: Their first child, a son named X Æ A-Xii was born in May 2020, and he was followed by a daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl via surrogate in 2021
Canadian dream pop star Grimes – real name Claire Boucher – was featured as a subject in a three-part BBC documentary called The Elon Musk Show. This picture is taken from one of her music videos
The Tesla mogul and the dream pop star had met originally over Twitter, when the duo enjoyed a tech-based joke, and they made their first public appearance together at the Met Gala in 2018.
‘They’ve been seeing each other but have been keeping their relationship under the radar,’ a source said at the time.
Musk had just emerged from a tryst with Amber Heard and and in Boucher he found a kindred spirit whose music was quite tech-based and they shared an interest in technology, fantasy and dark theories.
Their first child, a son named X Æ A-Xii was born in May 2020, and he was followed by a daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl via surrogate in 2021.
The couple broke up in 2021 after three years and two children together, with the billionaire citing his work with Tesla and SpaceX as keeping him in Texas and too busy to be with Boucher who was mainly in LA.
News that they celebrity duo had split began to emerge in 2021, and in September that year Musk made the announcement.
‘We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,’ Musk said.
The SpaceX and Tesla CEO explained, ‘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. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.’
The Elon Musk Show is a three part documentary which began this week and features glossy interviews with former colleagues and family members, including mum Maye.
Musk’s private life has long been highly unorthodox. He has ten children in total between three mothers, with the oldest being 18-year-old twins.
The couple broke up in 2021 after three years and two children together, with the billionaire citing his work with Tesla and SpaceX as keeping him in Texas and too busy to be with Boucher who was mainly in LA
He also has a difficult relationship with his raconteur father, who is in a relationship with Musk’s own step-sister whom his father raised himself.
Errol Musk revealed that he had a second unplanned child with 35-year-old Jana Bezuidenhout three years ago in 2019, making the children both Musk’s step nieces and step-sisters.
Elon Musk reportedly went ‘berserk’ when he found out and his relationship with his father has been even more strained ever since.
Although Errol denies having a bad relationship with his billionaire son, Elon has previously described his engineer father as ‘evil’ and a ‘terrible human being.’
However, Musk is no stranger to controversial and unorthodox parenthood himself, with court documents revealing that the tech billionaire quietly had twins with one of his top executives in November, weeks before he welcomed a child with Grimes.
The Tesla CEO reportedly had twins with Shivon Zilis, 36, the director of operations at Musk’s brain-machine interface company Neuralink.
Musk’s personal life has always been complicated since the billionaire left behind a troubled childhood in South Africa.
He experienced difficulties as a child thanks to his rocky relationship with his father and being severely bullied at school.
It got so bad that he was once hospitalised after his bullies pushed him down a set of stairs.
But since moving to the US, Musk has had a complicated love life that includes three marriages and three divorces, including two of each with the same woman, and seven children from two long-term romances.
He and his first wife, Justine Wilson, now 49, met while they were both attending Queen’s University, and they tied the knot in 2000 and went on to have six kids. THey divorced in 2008.
Amber Heard and Elon Musk dated in 2016-2017 (pictured in 2017) but could not make it work due to scheduling conflicts
Shivon Zilis, 36, pictured, one of the top executives at Elon Musk’s company Neuralink, welcomed twins with the Tesla CEO November last year, court documents revealed
Errol Musk, the father of Elon Musk, reportedly has a bad relationship with his billionaire son
In April, one of his sons with Justine, Xavier Musk, 18, filed court documents seeking to legally change their gender from male to female and lose their last name, stating: ‘I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.’
Following his split from Wilson, Musk began dating British star Talulah Riley.
Riley, now 36 – who was a virgin when she began dating Musk in 2008 – first tied the knot with the Tesla architect in 2010.
They divorced in 2012, got re-married, and divorced again in 2016. The couple did not have any children.
Musk dated actress Amber Heard, 35, for several months in late 2016 and early 2017, after he reportedly pursued her for many years.
Heard’s ex-husband, Johnny Depp, later accused Heard of cheating on him with Musk while they were still married, but both Musk and Heard denied the affair.
And then Musk met Grimes in 2018.
From a baby with Grimes called X AE A-Xii to a child who disowned him: Who are Elon Musk’s ten children?
Elon Musk and his first wife Canadian Justine Wilson had their first son, Nevada, in 2002.
But Nevada died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at 10 weeks.
Elon Musk and his first wife Canadian Justine Wilson had their first son, Nevada, in 2002
Twins Griffin and Vivian Jenna Wilson (formerly Xavier), aged 18
After losing Nevada, Musk and Wilson – who were married between 2000 and 2008 – turned to IVF to grow their family.
Wilson gave birth to twin sons Griffin and Xavier Musk in April 2004.
In April, Xavier filed court documents seeking to legally change from male to female and lose their last name, stating: ‘I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.’
Xavier Musk, 18, filed the paperwork in Santa Monica, California, on April 18, seeking to be known as Vivian Jenna Wilson, taking the maiden name of her mother Justine Wilson, who was married to Musk from 2000 to 2008 and shares 18-year-old twins Xavier and Griffin and 16-year-old triplets Damian, Kai and Saxon.
The transgender teenager explained that they wish to take their mother’s last name to distance them from their dad but they have not commented on whether they receive financial support from their dad – whose $213 billion dollar fortune makes him the world’s richest man.
Elon Musk and his second wife, British actress Talulah Riley, are pictured in 2015 with Xavier and Griffin. The twins are now 18, and Xavier is known as Vivian
Triplets Damian, Kai and Saxon, aged 16
Musk and Wilson also used IVF to have triplet sons Damian, Kai and Saxon in January 2006.
The couple divorced in 2008 and they share custody of their five sons.
Musk and Wilson also used IVF to have triplet sons Damian, Kai and Saxon in January 2006. Musk is pictured with his triplets
X AE A-Xii Musk, aged 2
Musk started dating singer Grimes in May 2018 and she gave birth to their son X AE A-Xii, in May 2020.
Their son was originally named X Æ A-12, but ‘Æ’ and ’12’ violated California law, which prohibits the use of any numbers of symbols in a name. The couple then changed the spelling of their son’s name.
Instead of X Æ A-12, they revealed just a few weeks after the baby was born that his birth certificate would be registered under the name X AE A-Xii – using the Roman numeral version of the number ’12’ and changing the character æ to AE.
The couple then broke up in September 2021.
Musk started dating singer Grimes in May 2018 and she gave birth to their son X AE A-Xii, in May 2020 (Musk pictured with X)
Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, who goes by Y, aged 1
Grimes and Musk later welcomed their first daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, via surrogate in December 2021.
Grimes referred to Musk as her ‘boyfriend’ in a Vanity Fair interview, but after the interview was published, she took to Twitter to reveal that they had since broken up.
‘Me and E have broken up *again* since the writing of this article,’ she wrote on March 10. ‘But he’s my best friend and the love of my life.’
New set of twins, names unknown
It has emerged that Musk quietly had twins with one of his top executives weeks before he welcomed a child with Grimes via surrogate.
In November, the Tesla CEO, 51, reportedly had twins with Shivon Zilis, 36, the director of operations at Musk’s brain-machine interface company Neuralink, Insider reported. He now has nine known children.
Musk and Zilis filed a petition in April to change the twins’ names in order to ‘have their father’s last name and contain their mother’s last name as part of their middle name,’ according to the court documents.
The twins were born in November, just weeks before Musk and Claire Boucher, the musician who performs as Grimes, had their second child via surrogate in December.