When news of Elon Musk and Claire "Grimes" Boucher’s split broke, the Internet responded with an outpouring of sadness at the deterioration of a once beautiful, promising relationship, causing many to ruminate on the nature of love and its ultimate brevity in the grand scheme of human existence.
Just kidding. People responded with jokes and memes, of course.
A lot of folks on Twitter in particular took the couple’s breakup as a chance to flex their creative muscles with some pretty, frankly, hilarious tweets. The posts ranged from the poetic:
I have dumped
you were probably
would go live on Mars
I can't tÆke this
I can't pronounce
our son's name
— Janel Comeau (@VeryBadLlama) September 25, 2021
To the scenic:
divorce lawyer: okay. let’s go over this one more time. the amethysts..?
grimes: [twirling] are mine. their vibration strengthens me for the coming night
lawyer: sure. ok. who do the emeralds belong to
elon musk: [googling “atheism gifs”] neither of us technically speaking
— soul nate (@MNateShyamalan) September 24, 2021
To the academic:
Good Morning, “Grimes dating Elon Musk” was a 3 year sociological study conducted by Harvard University. We are now complete with our study. Thank you for your time.
— roach ^.^ (@a_roach06) September 24, 2021
Many users even had some shared speculation that the couple’s "Saturday Night Live" appearance might have had something to do with the relationship’s demise.
this tweet directly caused the breakup of grimes & elon musk absolutely no doubt in my mind https://t.co/gQJzqmsJm3
— georgie (@georgsoup) September 24, 2021
Do you think elon musk and grimes were actively falling out of love while filming that mario sketch on SNL
— Jenny Nicholson 🎃👻🦇 (@JennyENicholson) September 25, 2021
Some took the opportunity to revive some of the old X Æ A-Xii Musk memes from when the couple’s child was born in May 2020.
Grimes and Elon musk child in family court deciding who it wants to live with pic.twitter.com/RKyFRd9Fth
— Armani (@historyofarmani) September 24, 2021
grimes and elon musk’s kid at court telling the judge who it wants to be with pic.twitter.com/oX1EcSLP2r
— ℗ (@incompatence) September 24, 2021
i love how they made a tiktok together last night trying to teach X to say "mama" and he kept calling grimes "dog" lmao what https://t.co/CCuj05rgr4
— Makena Kelly (@kellymakena) September 24, 2021
Whatever you think about it, there’s no question that the couple’s relationship was quirky enough to raise a few eyebrows when it was first announced. After all, a billionaire entrepreneur and an experimental dream pop artist aren’t exactly what you’d think of as a traditional match.
But the pair managed to make it work for at least three years until recently when Musk told Page Six that the two were "semi-separated." The Tesla CEO attributed his work at SpaceX and Tesla as being a primary factor, but insists that the two are "on great terms."
More on the breakup: Elon Musk and Grimes Just Broke Up After Dating Three Years