Grimes surprised her fans after undergoing some sort of medical procedure.
The pop star, whose real name is Claire Elise Boucher, shared a photo on her Twitter account on Saturday showing her swollen face all bandaged up with some light bruising around her eyes while lying in a bed wearing a hospital gown. Although she didn’t reveal exactly what she’d gotten done, Grimes wrote alongside the shot, “I did smthn crazy!” Her fans were quick to speculate that the singer had undergone elf ear surgery after tweeting a couple times over the summer about her interest in the procedure. That operation entails sculpting the cartilage in the patient’s upper ears to be a more pointed shape reminiscent of those mythological creatures.
It seems Grimes first got serious about the idea to alter her ears’ helixes in mid-August, tweeting, “Also, has anyone done elf ear mods with a good outcome? Im scared about ear cartilage having a hard time healing. Especially as a musician this surgery seems risky but I’ve wanted it my whole life. Curious about peoples experiences!” However, her boyfriend at the time and the father of her two children, Elon Musk, seemed pretty opposed to the entire concept, replying, “The downside of elf ear surgery probably outweighs the upside.” But the pop star replied, “Tbh this sounds like a job for crispr. Sad to be born just a few generations too early,” referring to the gene-editing biotechnology that allows scientists to easily alter human DNA sequences and modify gene function. A couple days later, she also responded to some digital fan art portraying her with the elf ears of her dreams, writing, “Wow i love these damn.”
This latest fantastical update to her appearance should come as no surprise given that Grimes has always had some unconventional approaches to the world of beauty and body modification. In April of last year, the singer debuted an intricate new full-back tattoo done in white ink composed of swirling, interlocked lines. Sharing a photo of the body art right after it was done, she wrote, “Don’t have a good pic cuz it hurts too much and I need to sleep haha, and it’ll be red for a few wks, but gna be beautiful alien scars.”
This interest in crafting an otherworldly appearance might also have something to do with Grimes desires to move to Mars after she turns 50. In January 2021, during a YouTube Live Chat, the pop star was asked by a fan what she would do once she finally made it to the red planet, to which she replied, “MANUAL LABOUR UNTIL DEATH MOST LIKELY BUT HOPEFULLY THAT CAN CHANGE.” And in February of that year in an interview with The Face, she once again declared her desire to get launched into orbit, telling the magazine that going to Mars is one of “the main things I’m trying to do.”