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Billionaire tech CEO Elon Musk and pop star Grimes made their debut as a couple at the 2018 Met Gala. Meet the Canadian singer and producer who taught herself how to make music on Garageband.

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(Charles Sykes/AP)

At Monday's Met Gala, several freshly- minted celebrity couples made their debut. But perhaps the most surprising new pairing of the evening: billionaire tech exec Elon Musk and Canadian musician and producer Grimes.

While Musk has been known to date successful and high-profile women, the two made a seemingly unlikely pairing. Shortly before they walked the red carpet together, Page Six announced their relationship and explained the backstory of how they met. The two connected over Twitter, thanks to a shared sense of humor and fascination with artificial intelligence.

But for those who may still be wondering "Who is Grimes?" here's what you need to know about the Canadian pop superstar.

Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended a school that specialized in creative arts, but didn't focus on music until she started attending McGill University in Montreal.

Grimes performing at Coachella in 2013. play

Grimes performing at Coachella in 2013.

(Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Source: The Guardian, The Fader



A friend coerced Boucher into singing backing vocals for his band, and she found it incredibly easy to hit all the right notes. She had a friend show her how to use Garageband and started recording music herself.

A friend persuaded Grimes to sing backing vocals for his band, and she found it incredibly easy to hit all the right notes. She had another friend show her how to use GarageBand and started recording music. play

A friend persuaded Grimes to sing backing vocals for his band, and she found it incredibly easy to hit all the right notes. She had another friend show her how to use GarageBand and started recording music.

(Mike Windle/Getty Images for Coachella)

Source: The Guardian



In 2010, Boucher released her debut, a cassette-only album called "Geidi Primes." She released her second album, "Halfaxa," later that year and subsequently went on tour with Swedish singer Lykke Li. Eventually, she dropped out of McGill to focus on music.

In 2010, Boucher released her debut, a cassette-only album called "Geidi Primes." She released her second album, "Halfaxa," later that year and subsequently went on tour with Swedish singer Lykke Li. Eventually, she dropped out of McGill to focus on music. play

In 2010, Boucher released her debut, a cassette-only album called "Geidi Primes." She released her second album, "Halfaxa," later that year and subsequently went on tour with Swedish singer Lykke Li. Eventually, she dropped out of McGill to focus on music.

(Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Source: The Guardian, The Fader



In 2012, Boucher signed to British indie label 4AD and released "Visions," which would become a breakout success. The best-known song on the album, "Oblivion," was named the best song of the year by Pitchfork.

Grimes performs at the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival in 2014. play

Grimes performs at the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival in 2014.

(Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Source: Roc Nation, The Guardian



Boucher signed with Jay Z's management company, Roc Nation, in 2013.

Grimes and Jay-Z at a Roc Nation pre-Grammy party. play

Grimes and Jay-Z at a Roc Nation pre-Grammy party.

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Source: The Fader



Boucher released her fourth studio album, "Art Angels," in the fall of 2015. The single of the album, "Flesh Without Blood," features a character she created named Rococo Basilisk, who is "doomed to be eternally tortured by an artificial intelligence, but she's also kind of like Marie Antoinette."

Boucher released her fourth studio album, "Art Angels," in the fall of 2015. The single of the album, "Flesh Without Blood," features a character she created named Rococo Basilisk, who is "doomed to be eternally tortured by an artificial intelligence, but she's also kind of like Marie Antoinette." play

Boucher released her fourth studio album, "Art Angels," in the fall of 2015. The single of the album, "Flesh Without Blood," features a character she created named Rococo Basilisk, who is "doomed to be eternally tortured by an artificial intelligence, but she's also kind of like Marie Antoinette."

(Mike Windle/Getty Images for Coachella)

Source: Business Insider, Fuse



Beyond singing, Boucher is a producer as well, and she's been vocal about how the music industry and media treats female artists. "The thing that I hate about the music industry is all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Grimes is a female musician’ and ‘Grimes has a girly voice,'" she told The Fader. "It’s like, yeah, but I’m a producer and I spend all day looking at f------ graphs and EQs and doing really technical work."

Grimes at the Canadian Juno awards earlier this year. play

Grimes at the Canadian Juno awards earlier this year.

(Ben Nelms/Reuters)

Source: The Fader



Boucher is also an avid gamer, and has taken to video game streaming platform Twitch to stream herself playing fantasy role-playing game "Bloodborne."

Grimes at the iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto in 2017. play

Grimes at the iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto in 2017.

(Mark Blinch/Reuters)

You can check out her Twitch channel here.

Source: Noisey



Boucher attended the 2018 Met Gala with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who she's said to have been "quietly dating" for the past few weeks.

Elon Musk and Grimes attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May. play

Elon Musk and Grimes attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May.

(Charles Sykes/AP)

Source: Page Six



Boucher and Musk met on Twitter. Musk was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence, and discovered Boucher had beaten him to the punch — Musk wanted to make the same "Rococo Basilisk" joke that she had already made in her "Flesh Without Blood" video.

Boucher and Musk met on Twitter. Musk was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence, and discovered Boucher had beaten him to the punch — Musk wanted to make the same "Rococo Basilisk" joke that she had already made in her "Flesh Without Blood" video. play

Boucher and Musk met on Twitter. Musk was planning to make a joke about artificial intelligence, and discovered Boucher had beaten him to the punch — Musk wanted to make the same "Rococo Basilisk" joke that she had already made in her "Flesh Without Blood" video.

(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Source: Page Six



Most recently, Boucher contributed her talents to a song on Janelle Monae's new album "Dirty Computer." After initially teasing an album of her own in 2018, Boucher posted on Instagram that she wouldn't be releasing new music "any time soon" and alluded to a rift between her and her record label, 4AD.

Most recently, Boucher contributed her talents to a song on Janelle Monae's new album "Dirty Computer." After initially teasing an album of her own in 2018, Boucher posted on Instagram that she wouldn't be releasing new music "any time soon" and alluded to a rift between her and her record label, 4AD. play

Most recently, Boucher contributed her talents to a song on Janelle Monae's new album "Dirty Computer." After initially teasing an album of her own in 2018, Boucher posted on Instagram that she wouldn't be releasing new music "any time soon" and alluded to a rift between her and her record label, 4AD.

(Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Source: Spin