Billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk surprised people when he and eclectic singer Grimes revealed they were dating. The pair were together from 2018 to 2021 and caused major drama with singer Azealia Banks. Despite their split in September 2021, Grimes recently revealed that she and Elon have welcomed a second child together — a daughter, named Exa Dark Sideræl. Naturally, people are wondering about their current relationship status.
In March 2022, Grimes appeared in the April 2022 issue of Vanity Fair, and spoke about her and Elon's relationship status.
"There’s no real word for it," she stated. "I would probably refer to him as my boyfriend, but we’re very fluid. We live in separate houses. We’re best friends. We see each other all the time … We just have our own thing going on, and I don’t expect other people to understand it." She also said that she expected to have "at least three or four" more children with the billionaire.
So, are Grimes and Elon Musk married?
Although Grimes said she'd call Elon her boyfriend in the Vanity Fair interview, she clarified on Twitter that she and Elon had once again parted ways prior to the publication of those comments. "Me and E have broken up *again* since the writing of this article haha, but he’s my best friend and the love of my life, and my life and art are forever dedicated to The Mission now," she tweeted. (She later clarified that "The Mission" is "sustainable energy, making humanity a multi-planetary species, and the preservation of consciousness.”)
Although Grimes and Elon are not married (and are no longer dating, either), Elon has been married multiple times. First, he was married to Canadian author Justine Wilson from 2000 to 2008. The couple split in a reportedly messy divorce following the death of their son, Nevada, due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The pair have five sons and no longer speak.
Elon's second marriage was to actress Talulah Riley, whom fans would recognize from Pride and Prejudice, St. Trinian's, and Westworld. Their relationship was also tumultuous, and shortly after Talulah and Elon married in 2010, they filed for divorce ... only to once again marry and divorce in 2013 and 2014. The pair are reportedly on good terms. Before Grimes (whose birth name is Claire Boucher) came along, Elon dated actresses Cameron Diaz and Amber Heard.
Back in 2012, Elon told Forbes that he was hesitant to marry again.
"I think it would be extremely unwise for me to jump into a third marriage without spending considerable time figuring out if the third one will work. It was never my intention to have a short marriage,” he said. “Essentially, I’d want to be super sure before getting married again, but I certainly would love to be in a relationship, for sure."
Elon may have spoken too soon in his interview with Forbes, as he remarried Talulah shortly afterward (and then re-divorced her shortly after that).
After the birth of their son, Grimes told Rolling Stone that being pregnant was an experience that reaffirmed her commitment to the Tesla founder.
"For a girl, it’s sacrificing your body and your freedom. It’s a pretty crazy sacrifice, and only half of the population has to do it. It was profound to me when I decided I was going to do it. I’m just like, I have sacrificed my power in this moment. I have capitulated, and I have spent my whole life avoiding that situation. I have never capitulated to anything, so it was just a profound commitment," Grimes explained.