“I’m sick of smiling”: Machine Gun Kelly gets honest about mental health

The 46-year-old actress Drew Berrymore told him that she “likes him so much more” now that he opened up about his mental struggles.


It is always a good idea to talk about mental health, seek help and open up about your vulnerabilities and insecurities. When a celebrity does it, it makes a lot of difference in furthering the discussion around the topic, which is still taboo in many parts of the world.

Machine Gun Kelly, 31, got honest about his mental health recently. He was in conversation with actor Drew Barrymore for her chat show, and while painting her nails, frankly talked about his state of mind, letting fans in on his emotional side.

The rapper and singer said, “I think I’m new to being vulnerable outside of songs. I see a lot of pictures of me and there’s like, smiles on them. It’s just weird though because I didn’t feel good at all that day and I kind of am sick of smiling on days when I don’t feel like smiling.”

“And I feel like this odd pressure because I don’t want my fans to think that I’m taking something for granted so if I accept an award and I’m super smiley but behind the scenes, there was stuff going on,” he added.

Kelly, however, said that he would much rather speak about “funny stuff” with Barrymore. “A lot of what I do is for other people and I haven’t given myself the time to just accept that it’s okay to not be okay.”

The 46-year-old actress Drew Barrymore told him that she “likes him so much more” now that he opened up about his mental struggles. She also shared that she herself needed mental health intervention after her divorce from husband Will Kopelman after four years of marriage in 2016.

“I went through a really painful divorce and I wasn’t doing very well. I just wanted to go talk to some people and how to pull myself out of a hole and I had these two kids that I had to fight for and I needed help. I started reaching out to different people and eventually, I really made some big, sweeping changes in my life and I got on a whole new track — not back on track, but a brand new one that I helped build.”

“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. I had my first therapy session last Thursday. 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,” he was quoted as saying then.


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