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What the Hell Is Going on With Azealia Banks and Elon Musk, Even?

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The following is, to be clear, not a Mad Libs. But it is a story so nutty, so very 2018, it easily could be. It involves Elon Musk, Grimes, Azealia Banks, and a dramatic saga played out over Instagram Stories which may or may not have involved Elon Musk tweeting while on acid, Elon Musk “scrounging for investors,” and/or Grimes inviting Banks to Musk’s house to work on a musical collaboration only to not show up for several days leaving Banks stranded in said house. (There was also maybe a thing about the invite being of a sexual nature, but we’ll leave that there. You’ll have to ask Ms. Banks if you want more on that.)

Over the weekend, Banks posted a now-deleted Instagram Story claiming she had been stranded in Musk’s house waiting for Grimes to show up and work on a previously announced collaboration. Other now-deleted story segments claimed Grimes, when she did arrive, “coddled” Musk for tweets he’d sent while on “acid.” She also compared the experience to being in Get Out. A spokesperson for Musk told Select All, “Any allegations of acid use are total nonsense.” (A note on the social-media behavior of both involved parties: Banks was kicked off Twitter earlier this year for abusive tweets directed at Monét X Change, a competitor on season ten of Drag Race. Before that she was suspended for sending racist messages to Zayn Malik. Earlier this year, Musk called an elite rescue diver who helped save the Thai soccer team a “pedo” after the diver called out Musk’s efforts to help as less than sincere, suggesting Musk stick his submarine “where it hurts.” Musk’s pedophilia claims were entirely unfounded and he later apologized.)

Banks told Business Insider she was at Musk’s home from Friday, August 10, until the evening of Sunday, August 12. A second source confirmed Banks was at one of Musk’s homes. “I saw him in the kitchen tucking his tail in between his legs scrounging for investors to cover his ass after that tweet,” she told BI. “He was stressed and red in the face. He’s not cute at all in person.” “That tweet” of course being Musk’s announcement about potentially taking Tesla private, cloaked in a weed joke — “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420.” — that also maybe, uh, broke some laws. “I didn’t hear any specifics but I could hear that he was scrambling because he didn’t have any funding secured,” Banks continued. Banks’s claims oppose Musk’s tweets which declared, well, “funding secured.”

What the Hell Is Going on With Azealia Banks and Elon Musk