In a new interview with Rolling Stone that released this week, Grimes detailed the strange controversy with Azealia Banks that took place in 2018 when Banks claimed she was stranded at one of Elon Musk‘s properties while waiting for Grimes. Following the incident, Banks had an unpleasant exchange with Grimes and her boyfriend Elon Musk, while also claiming that Musk’s attorney blackmailed her.
“I just, like, forgive her, and forgiving her is really, really hard,” Grimes began. “I was losing my shit. I was like, ‘Oh, fuck, oh, fuck.’ I felt I had caused the downfall of everything I care about and everyone I care about, like, I fucked everything up, like really crazy.”
She then recalled Musk attempting to calm her down. “He was just, like, ‘Snap the fuck out of it. You have to be in a battle right now,’” she said.
As the story goes, Banks flew to Los Angeles to work on her new album with Grimes. When Grimes failed to show up, Banks was reportedly left alone at Musk’s house for days, as she described the experience as being in Get Out.
Elsewhere in the interview with Rolling Stone, Grimes touched on the beginning of her relationship with Elon Musk and how it overshadowed much of her career.
“No one believes me about this,” she said. “But I just did not understand what I was getting into at all. Not that I’m mad about it. I just didn’t think it would be a thing. The shit that’s happened with my boyfriend this year has overwritten so much of my life’s work.”
She transitioned to Musk’s involvement in politics, as she herself supports Bernie Sanders for president.
“I was hard, hard, hard, left before. I still actually sort of am, but there’s the obvious dissonance of my boyfriend,” she said. “And I think this is the crux of most of the rage.”
“The times are very unstable,” she added, insisting her boyfriend is a force for good. “And people are comforted by black-and-white, and easy-to-understand. Society is in this big fight to change. And when you’re in a war, you have to be good side/bad side. It’s not like a welcome time for nuance, understandably so.”
Also during her time with Rolling Stone, Grimes went into detail about her pregnancy. She specifically mentioned one of her songs, “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth.”
“It’s about getting pregnant,” she said. “The sort of tragedy of agreeing to it, even though it’s this great thing. For a girl, it’s sacrificing your body and your freedom. It’s a pretty crazy sacrifice and only half of the population has to do it.”
“It was really profound to me when I decided I was going to do it, to actually go through the act of like, y’know, unprotected sex. I’m just like, I have sacrificed my power in this moment. I have, like, capitulated, And I have spent my whole life avoiding that situation. I have never capitulated to anything, so it was just a profound commitment,” she concluded.