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Elon Musk claims that he thought his ex-girlfriend of four years, Grimes, was a simulation that he created in his brain.
Appearing on a new BBC docuseries based around Elon Musk, US author Devin Gordon told filmmakers that Grimes had “repeatedly” told him that the SpaceX and Tesla founder thought she was “not real”.
“She told me repeatedly that Musk has this theory of her that she’s not real – that she’s a simulation who was created by him and exists in his cerebral cortex as sort of the perfect companion to him,” said Devin.
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“Which sounds a little crazy and maybe even a little creepy, except, she agrees with it. She said she does feel like this simulation who was perfectly created for him.”
Devin added that the pair “both made a similar nerdy joke about a scary AI theory of the future”, and that her “interests are all the same as his and her music is very technologically oriented”.
The author speaks about their relationship in the third episode of The Elon Musk Show, a new series on BBC that documents the billionaire’s rise, his power and influence, controversies, and how he became the richest man on the planet.
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The show also follows Musk’s entrepreneurial endeavors, and touches on personal points in his life, including his relationship with Grimes from 2018 to 2022.
The pair, who have two children together, broke up earlier this year claiming that busy schedules had gotten in the way of their relationship.
Grimes recently spoke out against journalists who she claimed were stalking her and her children. “To the journalists who are stalking me and trying to doxx me and my kids,” she said on Twitter.
“Contacting all my friends and acquaintances and even anyone I interact with on social media,” she continued. “It gets back to me. Leave my fucking kids alone.”
Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter
Written by: Tim Hopkins