The annual Metgala was filled with an assortment of interesting fashion statements and the biggest names in Hollywood, however, the biggest shocker of all was Elon Musk. Musk's love life had been kept relatively private until Page Six broke the news to the world mere hours before he made an appearance on the red carpet with his date, Grimes.
They both sported eye-catching black and white outfits to fit the "Heavenly Bodies" theme. Apparently the pair “designed the musician’s dress together over dinner and commissioned a team to make it,” Us Weekly reports, with Musk leaving his mark with a Tesla logo on Grimes' choker. The rest of her outfit had a gothic undertone with a tight white bustier leading down to a high-low tulle skirt, and platform thigh-high boots.
Having lives that are worlds apart would make them a fairly unlikely couple so how did cupid manage to hit these two?
Sources say they met online a month ago when Musk wanted to make a joke about Roko’s Basilisk, a thought experiment on artificial intelligence that suggests that “all-powerful robots may one day torture those who didn’t help them come into existence sooner,” Business Insider describes (you know, the usual Twitter banter). Musk wanted to joke about AI with the pun “rococo,” (as in the decadent late-baroque artistic style) but, according to Page Six, Grimes had already beat him to it. She named a character in her 2015 “Flesh without Blood” music video "Rococo Basilisk," based on the AI concept. When Musk discovered Grimes had already played on this idea, he contacted her and Grimes was immediately taken by him because she said this was the first time in three years that anyone understood the joke.
So, where does Grimes come from?
Her real name is Claire Boucher, which was revealed in a couple of tweets that have since been deleted: "On Myspace, your genre could be grime and you could have 3 genres so I was plural grime, before knowing what grime was," she confessed. "I was very pleased to discover that I actually loved grime music. Dizzee [Rascal] is one of my all-time favourite musicians, [I] discovered him whilst googling 'grime,' guess I am so named 'cause I like Dizzee, Wiley, etc."
Boucher revealed she was too embarrassed to tell the true story behind her name to journalists in interviews, so she ended up lying and saying she named herself after the artist Ken Grimes or The Simpsons' Frank Grimes. She grew up in Vancouver, but moved to Montreal in 2006 to study neuroscience and philosophy at McGill University, before moving to Los Angeles. She is a well established artist and has collaborated with big names like Janelle Monae, Lana Del Rey and Florence and the Machine. Grimes creates all the art for her albums, illustrates her own merch, and has even had her work displayed in galleries!
While they did take the world by surprise, the theory is that opposites are supposed to attract...