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Machine Gun Kelly is opening up about turning to therapy to deal with his substance abuse issues.
The 30-year-old rapper revealed in a candid chat with actor Dave Franco for Interview magazine that he recently sought professional help for the first time, and it has already impacted his perspective.
“Currently, my drug of choice is happiness and commitment to the art, rather than commitment to a vice that I believed made the art. I’m taking steps,” he said.
The “Forget Me Too” punk rocker said he realized, “That’s the first time I ever went, ‘Hey, I need to separate these two people,’ which is Machine Gun Kelly and Colson Baker. The dichotomy is too intense for me.”
Because he is early on in his therapeutic process, Kelly admitted that he at times feels impatient.
“I’m still kind of ripping my hair out,” he told Franco. “Why am I not changing overnight? How am I supposed to meditate for 10 minutes when I can’t even sit in my own brain for two minutes without distracting myself by doing something? That’s really hard.”
However, the rapper said the commitment to change is “inspiring” and keeps him motivated.
“The willingness to finally be happy with my own self has invited a much more vibrant energy around us than before,” he explained.
Kelly said he’s also turned to Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker for mentorship.
“It’s much different than a priest or something, where I’m like, ‘How can you relate to me? It’s easy for you to tell me I can get through it when you’ve never faced these obstacles,’” he said. “Whereas with Travis it’s like, ‘I know for a fact that you went through what I’m going through.’”
The entertainer said girlfriend Megan Fox has been there for him during “dark nights” and to “help you get out of your head and put it in perspective, that really, really helps.”
Kelly and Fox, 34, made their relationship Instagram official in July. The rapper said it’s the first time he’s ever really fallen in love.
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