Today's Birthday 17/3

Greta Stonehouse
Grimes (L) and Elon Musk are allegedly expecting a child together

Today's Birthday, March 17: Canadian singer and producer Grimes (1988 - )

Last year alt-pop star Grimes told the Wall Street Journal she was killing off her moniker.

Claire Boucher then set up social media accounts for her "de-aged digital clones", or "war nymph's" anime-inspired characters, which swept her fans into a frenzy as they tried to work out if this was in reference to her alleged pregnancy with tech billionaire Elon Musk.

In February she released her fifth studio album, the "apocalyptic pop" record Miss Anthropocene.

The work is also her first attempt to engage with global social issues, albeit in a very Grimes way. On her Instagram, she said, "I wanted to make climate change fun".

And while she is still running with her stage name Grimes - a title she lifted from Myspace, which listed "grime" as a genre - the musician continues to keep the internet guessing.

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Boucher moved to Montreal to attend McGill University in 2006 to study Russian literature and then neuroscience. A year later she was writing music under the moniker Grimes.

Newly signed to record label 4AD in late 2011, she barricaded herself inside a room for nine days without food or sleep to complete her album Visions.

"Once you hit day nine, you start accessing some really crazy shit ...You have no stimulation, so your subconscious starts filling in the blanks," she told The Guardian.

The album garnered critical acclaim and Grimes signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation management company in 2013.

In 2015 she released Art Angels, which featured collaborations with Janelle Monae and Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes.

In 2018 Tesla-founder Elon Musk made an obscure joke about artificial intelligence only to find Grimes had already made the same joke three years ago. After first communicating online via Twitter about this, the duo then arrived at the Met Gala's red carpet arm-in-arm.

The couple reportedly split, but after Grimes confirmed she was pregnant, reports pointed to Musk being the father.