Things got unexpectedly deep between Machine Gun Kelly and Laverne Cox on the red carpet of the Grammy’s.
Sunday night, Cox, 50, interviewed MGK, 32, as his album, Mainstream Sellout, was up for Best Rock Album.
The rapper-turned-pop-punk artist ultimately lost to Ozzy Osbourne this year, but of course, Cox still had to ask MGK, whose real name is Colson Baker, how he felt.
But rather than sum up his experience with one word, the rapper decided to share how he really felt and he held nothing back.
"I didn't take the category home and I always feel like I always ask for that lesson," MGK said visibly nervous.
He added, "I feel like I lacked self love and was valuing myself so much on career accomplishments that I needed this."
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Cox added to MGK's thoughtful answer by sharing how she related to the feeling of needing external validation to feel internally validated.
MGK agreed but added that, "when the art is yours, you already won."
The rapper and singer has publicly spoken about his mental health before. Many people praised MGK for opening up about his mentality and being honest with Cox.
\u201c\u201cwhen the art is yours, you already won\u201d - @machinegunkelly \u2728\u201d— MGK Updates \ud83d\udc98\u26a1\ufe0f (@MGK Updates \ud83d\udc98\u26a1\ufe0f) 1675649024
\u201c@TraceyDelaney I thought he was quite brave.\u201d— @nottherealtraceydelaney (@@nottherealtraceydelaney) 1675647176
However, others found the deep conversation slightly uncomfortable to watch and thought MGK should have waited to have that conversation somewhere else.
People on Twitter shared their criticisms.
\u201cnot mgk and laverne cox having a therapy session on the red carpet\u201d— spiraling sharper (@spiraling sharper) 1675644226
\u201cmgk is trauma dumping for laverne cox\u201d— liz says go birds (@liz says go birds) 1675644074
Some defended MGK, saying he was unfairly criticised.
\u201cSad to see Machine Gun Kelly being dragged for his speech during a depression/anxiety episode. \nHe\u2019s talked about his struggles & mentions that his wife is standing by if he can\u2019t take it. \nLaverne Cox responded beautifully. \nMental Health matters.\u201d— @nottherealtraceydelaney (@@nottherealtraceydelaney) 1675647176
If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, The Samaritans offers support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.
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