Machine Gun Kelly is facing criticism over comments he made about Kendall Jenner when she was underage during an interview that has been resurfaced from eight years ago.
In June 2013, the singer, who was 23 years old at the time, spoke with Fuse about his first celebrity crush — that crush was an underage Kendall, who was 17 years old. MGK told Fuse that he wanted to pursue her then and wouldn’t wait until she was 18 to do so.
“I don’t care who my first celebrity crush was because right now it’s Kendall Jenner,” MGK said. “God damn I’ve said that so many motherf—ing times, I hope that I’m snagging that. Don’t let me move to LA. Oof, I’m finding her.”
After the interviewer asked if the singer was “counting down the days until she’s 18” (the age of consent in California), Kelly claimed that he wouldn’t wait until the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was 18 because he was not at a “creepy age” and there’s “no limits” when it comes to celebrities.
“I’m not waiting until she’s 18, I’ll go now. I’m 23, dog, I’m not like a creepy age, you know what I’m saying?” MGK said, adding, “And she’s like a celebrity, there is no limits right there.”
Kelly then referenced celebrities who allegedly dated girls who were underage. “Robert Plant, who was one of the greatest lead singers ever — for all of you who don’t know, he’s from Led Zeppelin dated a girl who was 14. Axl Rose was one of the biggest bada–es ever, dated a girl who was 16 and wrote a song on his first album about the girl that was 16,” he claimed. “I don’t care, say what you want, man, if Kendall Jenner is in your bedroom naked and you’re 50, you’re going.”
A clip of the interview was recently shared to TikTok, which has prompted viewers to express their disgust over the singer’s comments.
“ughh it got worse the longer he spoke,” wrote one person, while another said, “not him pulling up his grooming idols 😭✋🏽”
“megan fox complained that hollywood sexualized her at a young age but dates a man like this…” wrote another who referenced MGK’s fiancé Megan Fox, who has previously spoken about the trauma of being sexualized by Hollywood at a young age.
As an extra for 2003’s Bad Boys II, Megan told Jimmy Kimmel in 2009 of director Michael Bay’s decision to let a minor be drenched underneath a waterfall, “I was wearing a stars and stripes bikini and a red cowboy hat and six-inch heels, and he approved it. They said, ‘You know, Michael, she’s 15, so you can’t sit her at the bar and she can’t have a drink in her hands.’ So his solution to that problem was to then have me dancing underneath the waterfall, getting soaking wet.” The audience and Kimmel laughed, which had Megan reiterate that she was 15 and in the 10th grade, adding, “That’s sort of a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works.”
Later that year, Fox was fired from the Transformers series — the series where she became a star. As a result, her career did not continue at the pace many had expected. She called Bay “a nightmare to work for.” He claimed that her firing was ordered by Steven Spielberg, who denies the claim.