It looks like Grimes has fooled photographers following her around after her high-profile split from SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
On Saturday (Oct. 2), the “Violence” singer admitted on Twitter that she recently trolled paparazzi by staging a photo of herself reading Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto while sitting on a sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles.
“Paparazzi followed me 2 a shoot so I tried 2 think what I could do that would yield the most onion-ish possible headline and it worked haha,” Grimes captioned a screenshot of a New York Post article about the images in question.
Grimes added on Instagram that she’s still living with Musk and clarified that she’s “not a communist.” The art-pop singer also issued a playful warning to other celebrity photographers: “If paparazzi keep chasing me perhaps I will try to think of more ways to meme — suggestions welcome!”
Her IG post garnered supportive comments from fellow musical artists like SZA, Kiesza, Lights and Jewel. “Unreal veteran move,” Lights wrote. Jewel added, “I love this so much!” And SZA said, “I mean ya look hot lol.”
Last week, Grimes released a new song titled “Love” that addresses her feelings about the heightened media scrutiny surrounding her personal life and directly called out members of the paparazzi who’ve reportedly harassed her.
“I wrote and produced this song this week in response to all the privacy invasion, bad press, online hate and harassment by paparazzis I’ve experienced this week,” she wrote on Instagram.
In late September, Musk confirmed he and Grimes had broken up after dating for three years in a statement to Page Six, and explained what their co-parenting strategies are like with their 1-year-old son, X Æ A-12.
“We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,” Musk said. “It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas, and her work is primarily in L.A. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.”
Following the announcement, Grimes made headlines when she joked in a statement about “colonizing Europa [one of Jupiter’s moons] separately from Elon for the lesbian space commune.”
See Grimes’ tweet about trolling the paparazzi below.
paparazzi followed me 2 a shoot so I tried 2 think what I could do that would yield the most onion-ish possible headline and it worked haha pic.twitter.com/9w8pPwIFAq
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) October 3, 2021