According to Page Six, Grimes and Musk have been quietly dating for the last month and they intended to go public with their relationship at the Met Gala.
The publication reports that the pair met online after striking up a connection over a nerdy joke.
The joke centred on the Roko’s Basilisk thought experiment, which considers a future in which all-powerful AI punishes those who did not help it into existence.
Musk’s joke was reportedly, “to merge this thought experiment with a pun using ‘Rococo,’ referring to the ornate French 18th-century baroque style, perhaps pointing out that both concepts are complex, too extreme and ridiculous,” Page Six writes.
Earlier this year, Musk publicly expressed his admiration for the 30-year-old singer, whose real name is Claire Boucher, via Twitter. He posted her music video for Venus Fly featuring Janelle Monáe on social media and called it “the best music video art I’ve seen in a while.”
Musk got in touch with Grimes through a mutual contact. They reportedly began dating soon after.
The tech billionaire also tweeted his approval of her Spotify playlist “Go Flex & Psycho.” “Glad ur finally listening to cyberpunk speedwae hahaha,” she responded. “Sounds great riding my cyborg,” he wrote back.
Before the Met Gala, Musk took to Twitter to write, “Rococo basilisk.”