Grimes really was trolling us all when she was papped reading Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto after her split from multi-billionaire Elon Musk.
Pictures of the singer went viral over the weekend when the 33-year-old was photographed walking through downtown Los Angeles, wearing a brown robe over an outfit perfect for a post-apocalyptic landscape and flipping through a copy of The Communist Manifesto.
Meme-worthy anyway, but even more ironic considering Grimes has just split from the world’s richest man, Elon.
After Page Six published the photos under the headline ‘Grimes seen reading Karl Marx following split with world’s richest man Elon Musk’, Grimes confessed that she staged the pictures in an effort to ‘yield the most onion-ish possible headline’.
However, she stressed she is not a communist, and is still living with her ex, who is worth $199.8billion (£147.5billion).
The Oblivion singer, real name Claire Boucher, wrote on Instagram: ‘I was really stressed when paparazzi wouldn’t stop following me this wk but then I realized it was opportunity to troll .. i swear this headline omg wtf haha im dead [sic].
‘Full disclosure I’m still living with e and I am not a communist (although there are some very smart ideas in this book -but personally I’m more interested in a radical decentralized ubi that I think could potentially be achieved thru crypto and gaming but I haven’t ironed that idea out enough yet to explain it. Regardless my opinions on politics are difficult to describe because the political systems that inspire me the most have not yet been implemented).
‘Anyway if paparazzi keep chasing me perhaps I will try to think of more ways to meme – suggestions welcome!’
She also explained on Twitter: ‘This whole thing is so funny I think my publicist is stressed, I should probably stop impulsively doing controversial things, my friend just had the book and the photogs were outside. I’ll prob regret this later hahaha.
‘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.’
Grimes and Elon, 50, went public with their unlikely relationship in May 2018 at the Met Gala, and they welcomed their first child together, a baby boy called X Æ A-Xii, in May 2020.
However, Tesla CEO Elon confirmed last month that he and the Canadian musician were ‘semi-separated’ after three years together.
He told Page Six: ‘We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms.
‘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.’
Days after the split announcement, Elon overtook Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest man, exceeding the Amazon mogul’s fortune by $8billion.
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