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Machine Gun Kelly Announces He Now Wants To Go By A Different Name

Machine Gun Kelly has announced a new name that he wants to be known as.
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Machine Gun Kelly has revealed that he is changing his name.

The ‘Bad Things’ rapper, whose real name is Colson Baker, 33, is a musician known for tracks such as ‘Mainstream Sellout’, ‘Wild Boy’ and ‘My Ex’s Best Friend’ – along with his diss tracks aimed at Eminem.

However, most people will know him for his high-profile, on-and-off relationship with actress Megan Fox.

But now the Bird Box actor has revealed he’s ditching his old title and has shared a new name that he wants to be referred to.

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Two fans posted a video on TikTok of them attending a Machine Gun Kelly concert with a sign urging him to ‘change his name’.

The ‘Emo Girl’ singer notices the sign on stage and responds, saying: “I have no idea what that sign means.”

The two guys explain that they wanted him to remove ‘Machine Gun’ from his name to stop ‘glorifying machine guns’.

Kelly then proceeds to ask the crowd what he should do, who all start chanting ‘change your name’.

The footage cuts before we get to hear his response, but it then shows the ‘Home’ artist attending the GQ Men of the Year party – where he asks photographers: “Instead of Machine Gun can you just call me Machine from now on? Just Machine.”

@chadandjt Machine Gun Kelly has officially changed his name to Machine. Do you guys think our sign worked? Full video on youtube directed by Reggie Henke #machinegunkelly #mgk #chadandjt ♬ original sound – Chad and JT

So what do fans think of Machine’s new name? Some are glad that he’s done it.

One person writes in the comments: “That’s actually really cool. Recognised his name had something problematic and rather than getting offended – considered further and adjusted.”

Someone else adds: “Respect. He heard with open consideration and actually did something. Well done Machine!”

Another fan says: “This is very cool, i got mad respect for him if this was really why he changed the name.”

However, others have suggested that this was a staged interaction and aren’t as impressed.

“100% planned,” states one person.

Someone else suggests: “Machine Kelly does kinda have a better ring to it.”

A third adds: “Will always be Cleveland MGK / Colson to me.”

Others have pointed out that his Instagram handle is still Machine Gun Kelly and his name on the social media site is ‘the gunner’.

Although, his most recent photo features the caption ‘machine’ so maybe the new name is here to stay.


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A post shared by the gunner (@machinegunkelly)

His rocky relationship with Transformers actress Fox has been widely followed – with reports suggesting that they were in a rough patch shortly after celebrating a year of being engaged.

However, a source close to the pair has told Entertainment Tonight that the pair are back on track.

Speaking to the outlet, they said: “Megan and MGK are doing well. They have had their ups and downs, like any other couple, but right now, things are good.

“They are still taking steps to better their relationship and still have the goal of moving ahead with getting married.”

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This comes after Fox opened up to Good Morning America about suffering a miscarriage with Machine’s child.

The Jennifer’s Body actress explained that it was a difficult period for them which sent them on a ‘wild journey’ – both as a couple and individually.

Fox added: “It was very difficult for both of us and it sent us on a very wild journey together and separately, and together and apart, and together and apart, and together and apart, trying to navigate, ‘What does this mean? Why did this happen?’.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.