It was one of the greatest Instagram sagas in alt-pop history: In 2018, Azealia Banks was summoned to the home Grimes shared with her partner Elon Musk so that the pair could work on music together. Things did not exactly go according to plan, though, a situation that Banks is hoping will now be remedied following news that the couple has called it quits.
But first, let’s go back to 2018 and that fateful day. Upon Banks’ arrival, she claims, the musician was left alone in the mansion as Grimes was busy comforting Musk, who was allegedly freaking out over what Banks claims was an acid-induced decision to tweet about making Tesla a private company before he had the necessary funding.
As anyone who was stuck in a billionaire’s home alone would do, Banks spent that weekend alone and Instagramming through the experience, comparing it to a real-life version of Jordan Peele’s Get Out. She fired off numerous insults at both Musk and Grimes (including calling the latter “Pabst beer pussy”) before ultimately leaving with a brand-new feud and, later, a subpoena in an ongoing lawsuit against Musk, brought on by his shareholders.
Just when you think it doesn't get crazier than Elon vs. the shorts, you find out about the Azealia Banks Vs. Grimes/Elon craziness and realize THERE COULD BE SO MANY MORE LEVELS OF CRAZY TO GO.$TSLA pic.twitter.com/A5YEqwXbP1
— Jeremy C. Owens (@jowens510) August 13, 2018
“It feels really bad to get rejected musically,” Banks told Rolling Stone at the time. “Especially when ideas have already been started and you just want to finish them, because a major source of anxiety for me is unfinished projects.”
She was still open to a collaboration, though: “We need to rent a studio, which is what I suggested, and not do this working in each other’s personal space thing. I’m only at your house because I was promised there would be a studio here. I don’t really want to be a part of your home life.”
Now, Page Six is reporting that Grimes and Musk have split after three years and one baby together. (Grimes did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.)
Banks responded swiftly, once again taking to Instagram. “OK girl, can we finally make those darn songs now that apartheid Clyde is out of the way? We were really supposed to eat these bitches up,” she wrote over a screenshot of the Page Six tweet. Let’s hope Grimes is ready to give Banks some proper attention in the studio.
😭😭not apartheid Clyde pic.twitter.com/HxfRXfqfAk
— Edward Ongweso Jr (@bigblackjacobin) September 24, 2021
From Rolling Stone US