Machine Gun Kelly has opened up about how he ‘became a better person’ after meeting and falling in love with Megan Fox.
The musician, 30, revealed that he was ‘coked out of [his] mind and in a drunken stupor’ when he began work on his latest album, Tickets To My Downfall, but falling in love helped to bring him back to an even keel.
MGK met Megan, 34, while filming Midnight In The Switchgrass together in Puerto Rico before production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Megan later split from her husband, Brian Austin Green, and the couple began dating, which MGK credits with being the ‘crossroads’ that helped turn his fortunes around.
He told NME: ‘Tickets [To My Downfall] is essentially my diary, because I did fall in love during the making of this record, and I did become a better person.
‘It’s interesting. There was probably a crossroads in the middle of making this album where the title would have lived up to the reality.
‘I think the universe caught on to me wanting to make a change. It was like: “Maybe we won’t make this a reality; maybe we’ll make this ironic. Instead of the downfall, go ahead and have the biggest rise of your f**king life.”’
Their relationship came amid the lockdowns and ongoing restrictions on daily life that were created by the pandemic, but Machine Gun Kelly has found the poetry in that situation, too.
He explained: ‘You know what’s so beautiful, bro? Love is the one thing that can’t be restricted. No one has the power to stop that, as much as so many have tried in my life thus far.’
As well as finding happiness, the process to creating TTMD was also peppered with sadness, as MGK’s dad died on July 5, the anniversary of the release of his previous album Hotel Diablo.
The pair had had a rocky relationship during MGK’s childhood and teens, but had recently reconciled, with his dad being over the moon that he had begun playing guitar once again.
The loss of his father inspired the track Lonely, which was written after her returned to the studio following a month in a ‘black hole’ of grief.
He explained: ‘That was the first and only song I’ve ever cried to while I was recording it.
‘I didn’t write that chorus at all; I just went in there and started crying and screaming.
‘I kept repeating the word “lonely” over and over and over again and as I kept saying it, that’s when the tears started coming.’
Tickets To My Downfall became MGK’s fifth album, and his first fully pop-punk record after previous rap releases – something which the haters immediately chose to jump on.
However, they were soon proven wrong when the album became his biggest commercial success to date and debuted at number one on the Billboard chart, the first rock album to top it in over a year.
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