Elon Musk and his partner Grimes have announced their “semi-separation.” Musk attributed the split due to geographic differences. Because of the nature of their work, Musk and Grimes were often on different sides of the country. The Tesla founder maintains that he is still on good terms with his ex and pledged to co-parent their child, X Æ A-Xii (baby X).

The relationship has been a polarizing topic on social media for the past three years. Musk and Grimes made their debut at the 2018 Met Gala. Grimes’ fans were especially disappointed by her relationship with Musk. Pre-Musk, Grimes had the image of a leftist, anarcho-communist, anti-imperialist, post-gender and cyberpop artist. After beginning to date Musk, she took “anti-imperialist” out of her social media bios and spent her time on Twitter – and more recently TikTok –  defending Musk against internet users, many of whom were part of her fan base.

Grimes’ fans had a difficult time reconciling Grimes’ leftist image with her relationship with the poster boy of capitalism.

Last year, Grimes announced the birth of baby X (X Æ A-Xii, originally X Æ A-12) with a daring Instagram post.

Grimes’ comments of wanting to “colonize Mars” and Europa to begin a “lesbian commune” further alienated her followers. Ex-fans dug into her past and accused her of “cosplaying poverty” in order to appear more “woke.”

Neither Musk nor Grimes has commented on social media on the breakup, despite both being fairly active on Twitter. Grimes’ last post was on her TikTok before the announcement of the couple’s split, of Musk encouraging baby X to call her “dog.”

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