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Grimes claims she had an ‘experimental’ eye surgery and practices sword fighting

The musician details her 'regimen' in an Instagram post that is likely one big joke.


Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Published Jul 17, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 8:31 am CDT

By now, we all know that 31-year-old Canadian musician Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) makes unconventional choices. She recently announced that she plans to “kill off” Grimes and go by c, to represent the speed of light. She famously has held an on-again-off-again relationship with billionaire Elon Musk. And now, in an Instagram post using a photo of a recent Adidas campaign that she appears in, Grimes claims to follow an insane “training regimen” that includes an eye surgery to help cure her depression.

Confused? Read the whole post below.

I know what you’re thinking: this is a joke, right?

Horrifyingly, it turns out that at least some of her post is true, with this tweet from her sword trainer making us wonder if other aspects of her “regimen” might be real as well.

The biggest question everyone has is whether the eye surgery Grimes mention in her post (see below) is real or not.

 I have also eliminated all blue light from my vision through an experimental surgery that removes the top film of my eyeball and replaces it with an orange ultra-flex polymer that my friend and I made in the lab this past winter as a means to cure seasonal depression.

A lot of people thought it was a joke.

However, articles reporting on the subject seem to have taken at least a neutral stand on it, acknowledging that the post might be satire but carefully phrasing the commentary on her eyeballs so as not to pass judgment either way. Even Rolling Stone leaves room for doubt with their line about it sounding fake unless you believe she’s performing Frankenstein-like experiments on herself, with the slight implication that she could be. 

A tweet from Dr. Glaucomflecken, who identifies himself as both an ophthalmologist and a comedian, further confused users. “The orange ultra flex polymer costs 8 million dollars and is excruciatingly painful to install,” he wrote.


When asked for comment by the Daily Dot, however, he said: “It is not real. What she said is ridiculous and I have to assume the whole thing was a joke.” To be fair, while his initial tweet may have missed the mark as obvious parody, this later one should have tipped people off.

And if anyone was still left confused, this one definitely should have cleared things up.

His followers definitely ran with it.

Alarmingly, some people are still considering the post’s viability.

Honestly, though, the internet doesn’t care whether it’s true or not. Grimes gave them a choice opportunity and they’re going to follow through on that.

Twitter user @vicunad found the Galaxy Brain interpretation.

In the end, user Nick Pettigrew left us asking the important questions.


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*First Published: Jul 17, 2019, 2:42 pm CDT