Grimes has been uncharacteristically quiet since her partner Elon Musk made his Saturday Night Live debut over the weekend, and now we know why. Last night, the Canadian singer revealed one of the reasons why: She was hospitalized for a panic attack earlier this week.
“Forgot to post these cuz I somehow caused myself to have a panic attack and went to the hospital yesterday which tbh was quite scary and I suppose it’s a good time to start therapy,” she wrote on Instagram. “But nonetheless – wowwwww @mileycyrus is good live and so chill! So grateful to the SNL team for being so kind and letting me sneak in as princess peach [and] so proud of my beautiful E (which I know will upset the grimes fans so I apologize in advance) but he killed it.”
In the past, Grimes has been open about her mental health. She shared in July 2019 that she underwent experimental eye surgery to cure seasonal depression, and opened up about suffering from anxiety in an Elle interview last year.
As Grimes mentioned, she appeared on SNL in a courtroom sketch as the Super Mario Bros. character Princess Peach. The bit featured Musk as Wario, who was put on trial for killing Mario with a Koopa shell. While appearing on the stand, Wario accused Luigi (Kyle Mooney) of sleeping with Princess Peach, who was married to Mario.
Check out the sketch and behind-the-scenes photos below.
Musk’s May 8th appearance was met with resistance from some on the SNL cast and crew, who weren’t happy about the union-busting COVID-19 skeptic hosting the show. Aidy Bryant disappeared after the opening Mother’s Day bit, while Bowen Yang and Andrew Dismukes appeared sparingly.
In a review of the episode, our own Jesse Hassenger said the show leaned into Musk’s gimmick of “trying to be self-effacing while mostly coming across self-gratifying.”