Machine Gun Kelly shared mental health struggles with Drew Barrymore on an episode of The Drew Barrymore Show which airs, Friday, December 10. The 31-year-old singer and actor painted the host’s nails using his freshly released nail polish live UN/DN LAQR while having their conversation.
He said, “I think I’m new to being vulnerable outside of songs, so it’s like, I see a lot of pictures of me and there’s like, smiles on them. It’s just weird though because I didn’t feel good at all that day and I kind of am sick of smiling on days when I don’t feel like smiling. And I feel like this odd pressure because I don’t want, like, my fans to think that I’m taking something for granted.”
He added, “So if, like, I accept an award and I’m like, super smiley but behind the scenes, I was really, there was like stuff going on, or I didn’t feel, I don’t know, like, a lot of what I do is for other people and I haven’t given myself the time to just accept that it’s OK to not be OK.”
MGK whose real name is Colson Baker explained, “My whole point is, I just didn’t want to bring that into the show. I’d love to talk about funny stuff and anything that you have for me. I would love to just get out of what I’m doing.”
Drew said, “I don’t mean to sound creepy but I like you so much more. I really do.”
She went on to share her personal struggles with mental health following her divorce in 2016 from ex-husband Will Kopelman. They share two daughters namely Olive, 9, and Frankie, 7.
“I wasn’t doing very well and I just wanted to go talk to some people and how to pull myself out of a hole and I had these two kids that I had to fight for and I needed help,” she explained. “So I started reaching out to different people and eventually, I really made some big, sweeping changes in my life and I got on a whole new track—not back on track, but a brand new one that I helped build.”
Once they were done taping the interview, the host talked about their conversation on CBS Mornings where she told her co-host Gayle King, “We were just sent to do an interview about his nail polish, UN/DN. I’m just a really big fan, so I’d been chasing him to do an interview, and he doesn’t do a lot of press. So I don’t know what it was that he felt safe, but…he broke a sort of pattern.”
She added, “I just was so surprised by his vulnerability, as was he. I think it is time for us, especially coming out of what we’ve come out of, is how can we show our vulnerability? How can we talk about, if something is going on, what is the path to getting better? And then talking about that journey and being more communicative. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a revolt against the perfection right now that we are all forced to see and feel through social media.”