Entertainment Music Grimes Jokes She's 'Colonizing' One of Jupiter's Moons for a 'Lesbian Space Commune' After Elon Musk Split Elon Musk recently revealed that he and Grimes were "semi-separated" after three years together By Brianne Tracy Brianne Tracy Instagram Twitter Brianne Tracy is a staff writer on the PEOPLE music team. She has been with the brand since starting as an intern nearly six years ago, covering all things entertainment across print and digital platforms. She earned her Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Southern California and has been seen on Good Morning America. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 28, 2021 03:55 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Grimes might be going through a public breakup, but her sense of humor is still fully intact. When asked by The New York Post's Page Six via email about her recent split from SpaceX Founder Elon Musk, the Canadian singer joked, "I'll be colonizing Europa separately from Elon for the lesbian space commune." (Europa is one of Jupiter's 79 moons.) In July, Musk's SpaceX was awarded a $178 million launch contract for NASA's first mission to Europa to see whether the icy planet could have conditions suitable for life. The Europa Clipper mission is expected to blast off aboard SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket in October 2024. Musk, 50, confirmed that he and Grimes, 33, had split in a statement to Page Six on Friday. "We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms," Musk — who shares 16-month-old son X Æ A-Xii with Grimes — 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.," he added. "She's staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room." Elon Musk and Grimes Split After 3 Years: 'We Are Semi-Separated but Still Love Each Other' Grimes and Elon Musk. Taylor Hill/Getty Although Grimes (née Claire Elise Boucher) walked the red carpet solo at the Met Gala earlier this month, Musk did attend the event with her, Page Six previously reported. Reps for Musk and Grimes did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Musk and the musician were first romantically linked in May 2018, when they made their public debut at the Met Gala following his split from Amber Heard. Shortly after confirming she was expecting her first child in January 2020, Grimes confirmed Musk was the baby's father in a digital cover story for Rolling Stone. "I do actually just really love my boyfriend," she said at the time, adding of their relationship, "No one believes me about this, but I just did not understand what I was getting into at all." "Not that I'm mad about it. I just didn't think it would be a thing," she continued. "The s— that's happened with my boyfriend this year has overwritten so much of my life's work." RELATED VIDEO: Grimes Reveals Her 5-Month-Old Son with Elon Musk Is 'Into Radical Art': 'He Just Actually Is' Since welcoming their son last May, Musk has been open about how Grimes has been taking a more active parenting role in their baby's life. "Well, babies are just eating and pooping machines, you know? Right now there's not much I can do," he told The New York Times in a July interview. "Grimes has a much bigger role than me right now," he continued, adding, "When the kid gets older, there will be more of a role for me." Earlier this month, Grimes told Vogue that having a baby was "a big rebirth" for her "artistically." "Being a mother feels weird to say," she said. "For some reason, I don't identify with that word." "Which is also really weird because X, he says 'Claire,' but he doesn't say 'mama.' Which is so... I'm like, 'How are you...?' " she continued. "Like, maybe he can sense my distaste for the word 'mother.'" Grimes Says Her Son 'Can Sense My Distaste for the Word Mother' and Calls Her By Her First Name Grimes. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Grimes added, "I don't even know why I have a distaste for [the word] because I respect … I just, I don't, I can't identify with it, weirdly." Along with X Æ A-12, Musk, who was married three times — twice to Talulah Riley — has five sons from a previous marriage. His first son, Nevada, died tragically of SIDS at 10 weeks old in 2002.