Grimes was spotted walking around the streets of Los Angeles while reading Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto on Friday.
The 33-year-old musician was seen perusing the pages of the highly influential text as she sported an eye-catching clothing ensemble, although she later admitted that her excursion was a ploy to elicit odd headlines from media outlets.
The Oblivion singer’s outing marks the first time that she had been seen in public since she split up from her former boyfriend and father of her child, Elon Musk.
Making an appearance: Grimes was seen taking a walk in Los Angeles while dressed in a sci-fi-esque outfit and reading Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto during her first public outing since her split from Elon Musk on Saturday
Grimes wore a purple one-piece bodysuit with multiple textures present on various portions of the sci-fi-esque outfit.
The performer, born Claire Elise Boucher, was also seen wearing a dark brown one-piece that stayed at her midsection, as well as a hooded cloak that draped over her shoulders and backside.
The Vowels = space and time singer’s white-and-purple hair shot out from underneath her outerwear and contrasted well with the earthier tones of her clothing.
She tied off her eye-catching ensemble with a pair of high-top black boots that covered the lower parts of her leggings.
Dressing for the future: The performer wore a dusty purple bodysuit that covered up much of her form during her outing
Extra protection: She also kept a hooded cloak over her shoulders during her outing. The Oblivion singer’s bright white-and-purple hair contrasted well with the earthier tones of her clothing
Grimes later took to Twitter to let her fans know that she was attempting to play a joke on the press by reading the text.
She expressed that the ‘paparazzi followed me 2 a shoot so I tried 2 think what I could do that would yield the most onion-ish possible headline and it worked haha.’
The musician later clarified that she was aware of the outlandishness of the photos and that she was not interested in over-analyzing her behavior and actions.
She noted that she had ‘taught myself to stop checking if other ppl think I’m socially acceptable a long time ago. Worrying about being cringe is the enemy of art, failure tolerance is essential for creativity. Deciding not to be mad at ppl enjoying life is ok.’
Messing around: Grimes later took to her Twitter account and expressed that she only read the book as a way to play a joke on the press
Rationalization: The singer also expressed that she had ‘taught myself to stop checking if other ppl think I’m socially acceptable a long time ago’
Expressing her thoughts: The musician went on to note that ‘worrying about being cringe is the enemy of art, failure tolerance is essential for creativity’
Grimes later took to her Instagram account to speak about the press’ reaction to the photos, and also pointed out that she was ‘still living with e’ in a post’s caption.
The performer also expressed that she was ‘not a communist’ and that she did not know how to articulate her personal beliefs regarding governments at the moment.
‘My opinions on politics are difficult to describe because the political systems that inspire me the most have not yet been implemented,’ she said.
The singer then noted that, if she remained the subject of the press’ attention, she would consider playing around with photographers even further.
Speaking out: Grimes later took to her Instagram account to speak about the outlandish and improvised photoshoot
Remaining vague: The performer expressed that her political beliefs were ‘difficult to describe’ in her post’s caption
Explaining further: The musician also wrote that ‘the political systems that inspire me the most have not yet been implemented’
‘If paparazzi keep chasing me perhaps I will try to think of more ways to meme,’ she said.
Grimes and Musk were initially romantically linked in 2018, and the musician previously expressed that they had met over Twitter after they both made puns regarding the thought experiment Roko’s Basilisk.
Prior to becoming involved with the musician, the 50-year-old businessman, who is worth nearly $200 billion per Forbes, was married to author Justine Musk from 2000 until 2008, and the pair welcomed a total of six children during their marriage.
The native of South Africa then began a long-term relationship with actress Talulah Riley, and they were married first from 2010 until 2012 and again from 2013 until their final split in 2016.
In the past: Grimes and Musk were initially romantically linked in 2018, and she later explained that they met after having made the same pun regarding Roko’s Basilisk
In the past: The Tesla CEO was previously married to Justine Musk, with whom he had six children, and Talulah Riley, whom he divorced twice
Not always perfect: Grimes and Musk previously split after a few months of dating, although they later reconciled; they are seen at the 2018 Met Gala
The pair briefly split just months after they met, although they later reconciled and Grimes was seen accompanying Musk during a business trip to China.
The former couple spent much of 2019 together, and the singer announced that she was pregnant in January of last year, although she did not reveal that the businessman was her child’s father until that March.
The songwriter later gave birth to a baby boy named X Æ A-12 in May, and a photo of the Tesla CEO holding the child began making rounds over various social media platforms.
The two remained together for over a year before Musk confirmed that the couple had split during an interview with Page Six.
Starting a family: Grimes confirmed that she was pregnant last January, although she did not reveal that Musk was the father of her child until that March
Proud parents: The performer later gave birth to a son named X Æ A-12 last May, and several pictures of Musk with his child began making the rounds on various social media outlets
Being clear: Musk recently confirmed that the two were ‘semi-separated but still love each other’ during a sit-down with Page Six
‘We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,’ he said.
The tech entrepreneur cited professional obligations as the main reason behind the couple’s split, although he pointed out that he and Grimes were cohabiting and focusing on raising their child.
‘It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room,’ he said.
Chief reason: The tech entrepreneur cited the pair’s respective professional obligations as the deciding factor in their split