Machine Gun Kelly is currently mourning the loss of his father with whom he shared a complicated relationship with.
This past Sunday, the 30-year-old rapper who was born Colson Baker, announced how his dad died on the one-year anniversary of the release of his album Hotel Diablo. MGK posted how he would be taking a step back from social media to process the tragedy.
“i had plans for the one year anniversary of Hotel Diablo today. that album was everything i wanted to say and i know it’s close to my fans,” he tweeted. “but my father took his last breath this morning, and i’ve never felt a pain this deep in my life.”
“i’m setting my phone down,” added MGK. “love you. thank you guys for everything.”
MGK opened up t his fans regarding his father who had become sick. MGK, father to Casie who turns 12 this month, posted to Twitter in December how he “should’ve told him that I loved him years ago.”
“…flew out to see my dad today. broke down in my daughters arms when i saw him,” he wrote at the time. “I should’ve told him that I loved him years ago. breaks my f—in heart that we wasted all this time…”
MGK revealed to British GQ magazine how if he was to apologize to any one person, it would be his father. The artist, who was raised in Cleveland, admitted he was tough on his dad growing up.
“I’d say sorry to my father,” he said at the time. “I have such a rule-abiding, amazing daughter and I was such a rule-breaking, s—ty son. The legal fees, the tens of thousands of dollars from the times I got arrested, the finding out your son missed a whole semester of high school because he was waking up and pretending to go but never going.”
MGK added: “I don’t know how he did it, and I get why it took us 25 years to finally get along.”
In the very same interview, MGK went on to share how death is one of his greatest fear but did share a concept that gave him comfort about mortality.
“I met this … I wouldn’t even call her a human; she was more like a spirit. She put death in a way that made me not scared of going blank,” he recalled. “We’ve been here before and we’ve died before. That moment of death is a scary moment, and I think we’re born scared of it because we’ve experienced it so many times.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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