Machine Gun Kelly and other celebs open up about mental health

The singer reveals he nearly took his on life while on the phone with Megan Fox: "I just snapped"

Stars Insider

28/06/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Health

In a time when mental illness is more prevalent than ever, breaking the stigma around issues like depression, anxiety, and various disorders can be a matter of life and death. Our society worships celebrities and it puts them in a position of immense influence. Many celebrities are now using their platforms to destigmatize mental illness and share that they experience the same struggles as everyone else. 

Machine Gun Kelly skyrocketed to fame thanks to his high-profile relationship with Megan Fox, but while people were caught up in their romance, the singer was struggling immensely. In his new Hulu documentary 'Life in Pink,' MGK, real name Colson Baker, opens up about falling into darkness after the death of his father in 2020. He recalled a particularly scary moment when he said, "I wouldn't leave my room and I started getting really, really, really dark," and he was filled with paranoia to the point where he slept "with a shotgun next to my bed." Fox was in Bulgaria filming when MGK said "one of the days, I just f—ing snapped." 

"I called Megan, I was like, 'You aren't here for me,'" he added. "I'm in my room and I'm like freaking out on her and dude, I put the shotgun in my mouth and I'm yelling on the phone and like the barrel's in my mouth. I go to c o c k the shotgun and the bullet as it comes back up, the shell just gets jammed. Megan's like dead silent." He explained that this terrifying moment was a turning point where he realized something was "not right" with how he was feeling, and after pleas from both Fox and his daughter, he said to himself, "I need to kick the drugs, for real this time."

Take a look through the gallery and find out which other celebrities are courageously opening up to the public about their experiences with mental health, and learn more about the signs and symptoms so you can help raise awareness too.

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