Grimes-Musk Battle Over Kids Heats Up

Singer wants Musk's Texas parental-rights complaint dropped, as she lives in California
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2023 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Oct 14, 2023 7:00 AM CDT
There's More Weirdness in the Grimes-Elon Musk Relationship
Elon Musk, left and Grimes attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition on Monday, May 7, 2018, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
UPDATE Oct 14, 2023 7:00 AM CDT

The legal tussle over the three young children shared by Grimes and Elon Musk took a new turn last week, when the Canadian singer asked a judge in Texas to throw out the Tesla/SpaceX CEO's child custody complaint filed there. Grimes (legal name: Claire Boucher) said in her Oct. 6 filing that the case should be considered in California, where she says she moved with her two 1-year-olds, Exa and Tau, "on or about" Dec. 31 of last year, per Insider. Musk, meanwhile, in his suit claims his ex and their kids lived with him in Texas from May until July, and that Grimes had relocated to California "in an apparent attempt to circumvent jurisdiction" in Texas. Per Page Six, Grimes' parental-rights complaint seeks physical custody of all three children, as well as a "standard restraining order" that would keep either herself or Musk from moving the kids out of the Golden State.

Oct 4, 2023 2:00 AM CDT

The strange relationship between Grimes and Elon Musk continues to get stranger: Now the singer, real name Claire Boucher, is suing the tech CEO over parental rights. Grimes and Musk have three children together, and around the same time they were procreating, he was also having twins with another woman (those five youngsters are in addition to the five living children he has with his ex-wife). There was seemingly drama recently between Grimes and that other woman, Shivon Zilis, who is an exec at one of Musk's companies, but Grimes later downplayed it and said all was good. On Friday, however, Grimes filed a "petition to establish parental relationship" against Musk, Pitchfork reports.

As Insider explains, such petitions typically involve cases where parents are not married (as Grimes and Musk are not) and one wants to have their parentage of a child legally recognized, or where one parent is trying to get custody or child support. It's not clear exactly why Grimes filed, and she has not, at least so far, filed any custody or child support requests, but Vanity Fair theorizes she's trying to "sort out her co-parenting relationship" with Musk. Musk has not responded to the filing. In the aforementioned drama between Grimes and Zilis, Grimes had also accused Musk of not allowing her to see her son, but she ultimately deleted that post and said she was excited for the five half-siblings to grow up together. (Read more Elon Musk stories.)

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