Grimes opens up about coronavirus keeping her from seeing loved ones after welcoming baby with Elon Musk
Grimes and Elon Musk may be making headlines for their unique choice in baby names, but the singer and new mom is opening up about how the coronavirus impacted her pregnancy.
The 32-year-old musical artist, whose real name is Claire Boucher, and her SpaceX and Tesla mastermind boyfriend welcomed their first child together on Monday, Musk tweeted.
“It is certainly very demanding to be pregnant in the middle of a pandemic," Grimes told Vogue Italia a few days later. "It's hard not to be able to see friends and family. A friend of mine recently died and it was a nightmare not being able to be close to her loved ones. It won't be easy in the hospital, I don't go into details but I feel very empathetic with those who are going through this phase. And I trust what the maternity wards are doing to manage the situation, I have great respect for the work of the doctors."
Musk, 48, shared a photo of himself holding the newborn in the hospital early Tuesday morning. He first broke the news on Twitter Monday, when a user asked him for updates on the baby.
"A few hours away!" Musk wrote. About four hours later, he added, "Mom & baby all good."
And later, in response to another Twitter question, he replied simply, "Boy." When another user inquired about the baby's name, Musk replied "X Æ A-12 Musk," a name that has since sparked debate online over whether special characters and numbers are legally allowed in a person's name in California.
USA TODAY has reached out to the California Department of Health Services' Office of Vital Records for more information.
This is Grimes' first child. Musk has five sons – a set of twins and a set of triplets – from his previous marriage.
In her Rolling Stone profile published in March, Grimes opened up about the "tragedy" that comes with carrying a child, "even though it's this great thing."
"For a girl, it’s sacrificing your body and your freedom," Grimes said. "It’s a pretty crazy sacrifice and only half of the population has to do it."
According to Grimes, this journey is what made having a baby with Musk, 48, a "really profound" decision for her.
"I’m just like, I have sacrificed my power in this moment," she said. "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."
Grimes added she decided to make this commitment because of the love she has for Musk.
"I do actually just really love my boyfriend,” she said. “So I was like, ‘You know, sure.' "
Contributing: Cydney Henderson and Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY