Grimes (real name Claire Boucher, or as she prefers to be called, "c") is the star of Rolling Stone's first-ever standalone digital cover story, in which she confirms that boyfriend of two years Elon Musk is the father of her child (at the time of the interview, she was 26-weeks pregnant).
She claims she did not expect the level of attention her relationship with Musk continues to receive. "No one believes me about this," she says, "but I just didn't understand what I was getting into at all. The shit that's happened with my boyfriend has overwritten so much of my life's work."
That being said, she's learned to drown out the criticism directed at her, mostly online. "I've been canceled, like, four or five times," she says. "It's sort of hard, but then it actually makes it more fun... there's something very freeing in having disappointed people." [Laughs]
• After spending much of her career "obsessed with proving [she] was a good producer," particularly to Diplo (her reason: "We went on a tour [in 2012], and he was a cunt."), she welcomes the possibility of collaborating with other artists and allowing other producers to help craft her music.
• Elaborating on the meaning of her song "So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth," she says: "It's about getting pregnant. The sort of tragedy of agreeing to it, even though it's this great thing. 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 really profound to me when I decided I was going to do it, to actually go through the act of [whispering] like, y'now, unprotected sex." She "capitulated" in this regard because of her love for Musk and seeing an opportunity to move beyond childhood trauma.
• Speaking of Musk, she firmly believes he is doing more to solve the world's problems than the government, and as such their relationship does not contradict her stance on income inequality. "[He isn't] buying yachts," she says. "If someone's just gonna take everything and just put it into [research and development] to make the world better, and just get up at the fucking crack of dawn every day and go to bed really late every night, doesn't take vacations and just actually puts every single ounce of his energy in everything he cares about and all his money into making the world better? Like, I can make an exception."
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