These explosive text messages will leave you even more confused about Elon Musk, Grimes and Azealia Banks
An in-depth explainer for the scandal that just won't die
As juicy celebrity scandals go, the Elon Musk-Grimes-Azealia Banks rift is a real good ‘un.
Things kicked off at the fancy pants Met Ball Gala in New York City back in May when 47-year-old Tesla and Space X billionaire Elon Musk appeared arm-in-arm with Canadian singer-songwriter Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher.
The unusual pairing turned quite a few heads but, as we all know, wealth and fame can make strange bed-fellows. After all, is it any weirder than the fact that Russell Brand was actually married to Katy Perry? Not really.
Anyway, earlier this month it was revealed that Grimes, 30, was collaborating on an album with controversial pop singer and rapper Azealia Banks.
Banks, 27, is intimately familiar with public scandals and is still banned from Twitter after making racist comments about Zayn Malik.
Trouble started for Grimes and Musk, however, after Banks began posting to her Instagram claiming she’d been abandoned in the billionaire’s Los Angeles mansion “for days” while she was waiting for her collab partner to turn up.
Apparently angry at being stood up, the Big Big Beat singer then launched an outrageous series of posts attacking her hosts, accusing Musk of using acid before he uses Twitter and suggesting she was in fact invited to have a “threesome” with them.
In her Instagram story, Banks also made claims about Musk’s wealth coming from African colonialism and even accused him of being a subhuman caveperson. *Spits out coffee in shock*
Talk about an ungrateful house guest!
Musk, who got into trouble recently after falsely accusing one of the Thai cave boy rescuers of being a “pedo,” made things considerably worse for himself by going on Twitter to suggest he was going to take his company private at $420 per share – seen by some as a reference to a euphemistic term for weed.
Financial and legal eagles will know that CEOs interfering in stock prices like this is potentially illegal and the Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating him.
Banks told Business Insider that she saw Musk “in the kitchen tucking his tail in between his legs scrounging for investors” after his tweet about taking Tesla private, adding, “He was stressed and red in the face.”
Musk tried his best to address the brewing controversy engulfing his personal life and his businesses by sitting down for an interview with the New York Times. But NYT reporters noted how he was “alternating between laughter and tears,” further raising concerns about his stability.
Still following this sordid tale?
Well, the plot thickens after Banks posted screenshots of alleged text exchanges between herself and Grimes in which they reportedly discussed the billionaire’s *ahem* penis, his legal troubles and getting pregnant.
Elon, Elon, Elon… what an absolute mess. It’s important to point out that none of Banks’ claims have been confirmed but the scandal proves that Musk is clearly not cut out for the dog-eat-dog world of celebrity intrigue.
Maybe just stick to ya cars in the future, Elon? Probs for the best.
And one final tragedy in this tale of woe: Grimes and Musk have now unfollowed each other on social media.