Separation doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder. Sometimes it just means that a long distance relationship isn’t going to work. That seems to be the case for musician Grimes and tech billionaire Elon Musk.

Page Six reports that Musk and Grimes have “semi-separated” after dating for 3 years. Musk explained, “We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms.” 

Watch the video for more about what caused this couple’s breakup.

Even though Musk describes the status of their relationship as “semi-separated,” the couple has still been seen together recently. For example, even though they arrived to the Met Gala separately, they were seen together inside. They also attended an after party together, and they left New York together.

Musk and Grimes are also continuing to co-parent their 1-year-old son, X, who was born in May 2020. In fact, Musk told Page Six that Grimes and X were staying with him in Texas at the same time he was announcing their “semi-separation.”

Work seems to be the primary reason for their breakup since Grimes needs to be in LA but Musk is mainly in Texas or traveling.

Long before meeting Grimes, Musk was married to Justine Wilson. They have 5 children together. He was also married to actress Talulah Riley. He first married Riley in 2010. They got divorced in 2012 but remarried in 2013 only to end up divorcing again in 2016. Then Musk dated actress Amber Heard in 2017 and 2018 before he started dating Grimes in 2018.

Does it surprise you that Musk has announced that he and Grimes are “semi-separated”? Do you think they will stay broken up, or do you think they will find a way to make their relationship work despite their different work locations?