In this file photo taken on May 7, 2018 Elon Musk and Grimes arrive for the 2018 Met Gala, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Canadian musician Grimes publicly called out tech billionaire boyfriend Elon Musk after he posted a tweet that many say is transphobic and discriminatory against non-binary people.

On Friday night, Musk, who is known for a provocative Twitter page that alternates between inflammatory statements and random memes, tweeted ‘pronouns suck’. In true Musk fashion, no explanation for the tweet was offered before or after it was posted and the tweet remained live even after the Tesla CEO faced immediate backlash from Twitter users for discriminating against the non-binary community.

Minutes after he posted, Grimes, Musk’s longtime partner and LGBTQ activist, chimed in with a disapproving tweet. “I love you but please turn off ur phone or give me a dall [sic.]. I cannot support hate. Please stop this. I know this isn’t your heart.”

Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, did not elaborate on her criticism of Musk’s tweet and later deleted her own response. Musk’s tweet however, still remains on his Twitter page.

The couple made headlines in February after Grimes gave birth to their first child and attempted to name them “X Æ A-12 Musk’, although they later changed it to “X Æ A-Xii” due to California regulation. When asked about the baby’s identity in a Twitter Q and A, Grimes said they would let their child choose their own gender identity: “They may decide their fate and destiny.”

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