Grimes says Twitter has ‘issues with public mental health’ as Elon Musk buys it


Grimes was careful not to say too much about Twitter in light of her ex Musk buying the social media platform (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Grimes is a frequent Twitter user but has said the social media site has ‘issues with public mental health’, just as her ex-boyfriend Elon Musk made his bid to buy the platform. 

It was announced last month that Tesla founder Musk, 50, had reached an agreement with Twitter to buy the platform for $44billion (£3.4bn), and is now in the last stages of finalising the deal. 

However, his on/off girlfriend Grimes, who shares two children with the businessman, has a major gripe with the platform and its impact on mental health, but was careful with her words in light of the lucrative sale. 

In a recent interview, the musician – real name Claire Boucher – said: ‘I do think there are a lot of issues with Twitter in terms of the public mental health but due to my proximity to the current dramas, I honestly feel that I should not have opinions about this because, if Elon ends up getting Twitter, that is being the arbiter of truth or public discussion. 

‘That is a responsibility – I am not qualified to be responsible for that, and I do not want to say something that might, like, dismantle democracy,’ she added to MIT artificial intelligence researcher Lex Fridman. 

Grimes, 34, added later in the talk, which was released over the weekend: ‘One of the things that’s happening is that, like, it’s alienating people from wanting to care about technology. I think we can fix a lot of our problems more easily with technology than with, you know, fighting the powers that be.’ 

The singer also said she feels that public perception of her has become ‘so distorted that I find it quite disturbing’, and has actually put her off from making art because she has ‘completely lost control of the narrative’. 

Grimes and Musk began dating in 2018 and welcomed their first child, son X Æ A-12, in May 2020. 

In March, it emerged that the pair had become parents again to a baby girl named Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, after keeping the pregnancy secret. 

However, hours after announcing the joyful news, Grimes confirmed she and Musk had actually split again but would remain ‘best friends’, while also describing him as the ‘love of my life’.

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