Connecting Instead of Clashing: The Case of Elon Musk

Maintaining happiness and peace with your romantic partner is an age-old quest. And with the pandemic keeping everyone at home together literally all the time, that goal is now both more important than ever and, due to the forced proximity couples are experiencing, more difficult than ever, too.

The frustration people are feeling may come out in unexpected and snarky ways, which can lead to hurt feelings and fights. Take celebrity couple Elon Musk and Grimes, who welcomed their son, X Æ A-12 Musk, earlier this month. When Grimes tried to explain the baby’s name to fans, she mistakenly transposed two numbers and Elon corrected her publicly. She came back on the defensive, saying, "I am recovering from surgery and barely alive so may my typos b forgiven but, da--it. That was meant to be profound." She handled it with grace, basically asking Elon and everyone else to consider her situation and cut her some slack.

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