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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is dating and living with Grimes in Austin, report says

Page Six reported last week that Chelsea Manning and Grimes are dating. (Grimes/Instagram)

In Austin, musician Grimes is raising her kids with Elon Musk and preparing for the release of her new album. But aside from her career and family life, she’s also dating WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

The two are reportedly dating and living together in the capital city. Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence analyst who provided WikiLeaks with classified documents in an unauthorized release of state secrets had her 35-year prison sentence commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017. Now, lovebirds Manning and Grimes are enjoying Austin, though Manning still maintains an apartment in Brooklyn, New York, according to Page Six.

In September last year, Grimes and Musk broke up. And although Grimes seems to be getting serious with Manning, with a source telling Page Six the two have “U-Hauled it,” she still has her connection to Musk.

Vanity Fair visited Grimes at her home in Austin and Grimes reflected fondly on her time with Musk saying, “There’s no real word for it. I would probably refer to him as my boyfriend, but we’re very fluid. We live in separate houses. We’re best friends. We see each other all the time… We just have our own thing going on, and I don’t expect other people to understand it.”

It was also during that visit that it was discovered that Grimes and Musk had a second child via a surrogate. A reporter for Vanity Fair heard the cry of a baby while the two were sitting down for an interview.

The relationship pool widens with Musk’s love life, as he is reportedly dating actress Natasha Bassett. The two have flown to Austin together as Musk prepares for the grand opening of Giga Texas next month.

Apparently, Bassett has known about him and Grimes having a child but was surprised with the status of Musk and Grimes’ relationship.

A source told Hollywood Life that Bassett was “caught off guard” when she first saw the story of Grimes in Vanity Fair. But the source added that everyone gets along.

“She respects Elon’s relationship with Grimes and has no problems with him being close friends with Grimes and co-parenting with her,” the Hollywood Life source said. “Grimes also knows that Elon is with Natasha now and there is no bad blood between any of them.”

Grimes has also clarified where she and Musk stand, sending a tweet that they are broken up.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.