Along with 2020's many unexpected events came one of the most random celebrity couples of our time. Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox's relationship timeline isn’t that long yet, but it does prove one thing: the couple fell in love fast and hard. The pair was first romantically linked together in May 2020, sparking rumors that Fox had separated from her husband of over a decade, Brian Austin Green. Fox and Green’s split was confirmed just days later, and from then, the Transformers actor and the rapper's unlikely relationship quickly blossomed into a complicated romance.
Fox and Kelly reportedly met for the first time on the set of their upcoming film Midnight In the Switchgrass in Puerto Rico. Production on the film was shut down just over a week after it began due to uncertainty surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, according to E! News, Fox and Kelly continued to hang out and get to know each other after the shutdown while quarantined in Los Angeles. "The down time has been good for them," a source told the outlet in June 2020. "They are intrigued by each other and having a lot of fun."
The pair was first spotted together on May 16, when Fox and MGK were seen grabbing takeout in Calabasas, California. This strengthened existing speculation that Fox had split from Green after both were seen in public without their wedding rings on. Green hinted at the breakup by posting a cryptic message to Instagram on his wife's birthday. Finally, on May 18, Green confirmed that he and Fox separated in December 2019 during his ...with Brian Austin Green podcast.
"She said, 'I realized when I was out of the country working alone that I feel more like myself and I liked myself better during that experience and I think that might be something worth trying for me,'" he recalled during the episode. "I was shocked and I was upset about it, but I can’t be upset at her because she didn’t ask to feel that way. It wasn’t a choice she made. That’s the way she honestly felt."
Despite the split, Green said he remained on good terms with Fox, calling her his "best friend of 15 years" and saying he didn't want to lose that. And though he hadn't even met Kelly yet and Megan didn't need his approval, Green gave the metaphorical green light for their friendship to continue. "Megan and I have talked about him,” he said. “They’re friends at this point, and from what she’s expressed, he’s a really nice, genuine guy, and I trust her judgment.” From there, it seems that Fox and Kelly pressed fast forward on their relationship.
On May 20, two days after Fox and Green's breakup was confirmed, MGK released a new video for his single "Bloody Valentine" starring none other than Fox as his bad*ss girlfriend. The twosome almost share a kiss in the video, which stoked even more speculation that they were much more than friends.
On June 17, US Weekly reported that Fox and Kelly were officially dating after months of public speculation. The news came two days after they were spotted holding hands and kissing at a Sherman Oaks bar by the Daily Mail. The couple was seen together in public once again later that month, but they had yet to officially confirm or comment on the news themselves, with Kelly only posting photos of his and Fox's matching manicures from the "Bloody Valentine" video.
Fox and Kelly finally confirmed their relationship during their first joint interview on Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent's podcast, Give Them Lala... With Randall. Lala's fiancé Randall Emmett is their director on Midnight In the Switchgrass, which resumed production in Puerto Rico in June.
During the revealing interview, Fox said that she knew she and Kelly were more than soulmates two days into filming. "I knew right away that he was what I call a twin flame," she recalled. "Instead of a soul mate, a twin flame is actually where a soul has ascended into a high enough level that it can be split into two different bodies at the same time. So we're actually two halves of the same soul, I think. And I said that to him almost immediately because I felt it right away."
The talk led into a live reading from astrologist Susan Miller, who said Fox and Kelly appeared destined to get married one day. Fox clarified that "we're not engaged or anything like that," to which Miller responded that Kelly would marry someone who is happy. How specific. Kelly then conceded, "Megan is already really happy."
Just a week after the podcast premiered, they became Instagram official on July 28. Kelly was the first to share a photo of the pair, captioning the post, "Waited for eternity to find you again..." He even tagged his location as "The Universe" to hammer home the "twin flame" thing.
Fox made it Insta official on her own page a week later, sharing a snapshot of her and Kelly on Aug. 5. She captioned the post, "Achingly Beautiful Boy... My heart is yours," which Green later dunked on by posting pics of his kids and copying her caption.
Just in case you needed even more confirmation that Fox and Kelly were now a thing, the rapper said as much during an appearance on BuzzFeed's "Thirst Tweets" series. When reading out a tweet from a fan who asked if he was free to go on a date, Kelly commented that he was "locked in" already. "No dates for me, probably ever, he said." The same went for another fan who said they would let Kelly "suck my toes maybe," in which he had zero interest. "Like I said, I’m only sucking one pair of toes," he explained. Ah, true love.
During a Sept. 23 interview on The Howard Stern Show, the Cleveland rapper revealed that this relationship is the first time he's been in love. "I didn't know what [love] was until me and her made eye contact," he said. "That's when I was like, 'Whoa.'" After I made the big chunk of the album, I did fall in love for the first time. That was my first experience with being open to love and stuff like that."
Days later, MGK released the video for "Drunk Face," which features clips of them kissing and boarding a private jet.
On the heels of his 27 Club coffee shop opening in Ohio, Kelly appeared on the cover of NME and opened up about how being with Fox influenced his album. He told the magazine, "Tickets is essentially my diary, because I did fall in love during the making of this record, and I did become a better person. It’s interesting." And speaking of his and Fox's favorite topic, Kelly added, "I think the universe caught on to me wanting to make a change. It was like: 'Maybe we won’t make this a reality; maybe we’ll make this ironic.' Instead of the downfall, go ahead and have the biggest rise of your f*cking life."
MGK is on a roll with his cover stories. This time, he and Fox spoke to Nylon about their headline-making relationship. As Kelly gushed about how Fox makes him feel safe and took him out of the fast lane, she compared their love to natural disasters — in a good way. "Loving him is like being in love with a tsunami or a forest fire," she started. "The intensity of merging with him is just overwhelming, and the threat it poses is so powerful but so beautiful that you have no choice to surrender with reverence and with gratitude."
On Nov. 22, they took things to the next level and made their red carpet debut as a couple at the American Music Awards. While walking the carpet, eagle-eyed viewers caught a glimpse at some new ink on Fox's collarbone, which said "el pistolero" and means "the gunman." Reportedly, the script tattoo represents MGK's nickname and signifies that she's committed to this relationship. The couple also sported matching nail art that night, showing they're in sync.
Just days after she and Kelly made their red carpet debut, Fox filed to divorce Green on Nov. 25 in Los Angeles County Court, according to court docs obtained by The Blast. The Beverly Hills, 90210 star filed his response the same day, per the outlet, which also reported that custody and spousal support agreements were unclear at the time.
The lovefest continued when Kelly opened up about his battle with drug use in a profile with Dave Franco for Interview Magazine on Nov. 27. While he's still "early" in the process of recovery, Kelly revealed that both therapy and Fox have been instrumental in his sobriety. He said of Fox, "When you have a partner, mine being Megan, sitting there with you on those dark nights when you're sweating and not being able to figure out why you're so in your head, to help you get out of your head and put it in perspective, that really, really helps."
The duo sparked engagement rumors at the beginning of the year when Fox was spotted wearing a huge ring on her left hand. But alas, it turns out MGK never popped the question. Fox took to her Instagram Stories to shoot down the rumors with a photo of a ring that said “F*ck you” alongside an eye-roll emoji, making it clear that she and the musician had no intention of getting married — at least not in the near future.
You know what they say: The couple that attends boxing matches together, stays together. At the end of March, Fox and Kelly attended the UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 event in Nevada together. However, their appearance at the event came on the heels of some drama. During an interview on Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast earlier that month, MGK’s ex-girlfriend and model Sommer Ray accused the singer of cheating on her. “I don’t really feel bad saying that because he did kind of cheat on me with Megan Fox,” she said.
Despite Ray’s comments, Fox and MGK’s relationship appeared to continue as normal. The following month, the couple celebrated the rocker’s 31st birthday with a dinner at Nobu on April 22. Two days later, the actor supported her man at his concert in Florida and shared a PDA-filled photo of her wrapping her legs around him backstage. “Happy Birthday blonde angel baby,” Fox captioned a couple’s photo to cap off his birthday.
That same month, the pair attended yet another UFC fight and hung out with another frequently buzzed-about celebrity couple, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker. MGK included a photo of the two couples in an Instagram slideshow he posted in honor of his birthday. “I’ll grow up next summer,” he captioned the post. “SINcerely, birthday boy.”
Earlier this month, MGK appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and explained why he wears a necklace with Fox’s blood. “Well, she was actually going out of town to film a movie. This was really new in our relationship,” the musician explained. “I didn’t have a passport either. So, she was going out to Bulgaria so I was kind of freaking out, like, ‘You’re gonna leave and I can’t even come see you.’” Fox’s solution to this problem was to gift Kelly with a pendant of her blood. “Some people give, like, a handkerchief to their partner or whatever. She gave me her DNA,” he said.
Fast forward to the Billboard Music Awards on May 23 and the pair certainly did not hold back when it came to showing PDA on the red carpet. The couple was all over each other, and MGK even gave her a shoutout, calling her his “twin soul” while accepting the award for Top Rock Artist. Later that week, the pair hit up another red carpet, attending the IHeartRadio Music Awards in coordinating pink outfits.
One week later, MGK revealed an intimate detail about their relationship on Twitter. “She said ‘I love you’ one year ago today,” he wrote. A few days later, Fox shared a photo of her in her pink jumpsuit from the IHeartRadio Awards. “Daddy issues Barbie,” she captioned the post. “Daddy loves you,” the musician cheekily wrote in the comments.
Apart from their many red carpet appearances, Fox and MGK also hit up Barstool Sports’ party at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, during Indy 500 weekend. “She came out after everyone was chanting ‘Megan’ for some time,” a source told E!. “Then she did stay on the stage in the background for the whole song.”
A few weeks after being spotted kissing while out in Los Angeles, reports surfaced that Fox and MGK are seriously considering marriage. “MGK would love to start a family with Megan someday, but right now doesn’t seem to be the time in terms of scheduling,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “As far as engagement goes, it is likely that this will happen sooner than later, and it has been a topic of conversation without question.”
On a less serious note, Fox recently revealed some pet names she has for her boyfriend while promoting her upcoming movie Till Death during an appearance on Fox 5 New York. He might be MGK to us, but to Fox, he’s “Cookie,” “Buddha,” and “Booby.”
If there’s one thing about Fox and MGK’s relationship that the actor is tired of, it’s the criticism over their four-year age gap. “You want to talk about patriarchy?” she said in an interview with InStyle. “The fact that he’s four years younger than me, and people want to act like I’m dating a younger man. He’s 31, and I’m 35. Granted, he’s lived like he’s 19 his whole life, but he isn’t 19.” Fox added that “no one would blink twice” if it was George Clooney dating someone four years younger.
Fortunately, their love is strong enough to weather the negativity. “She’s like the earth,” Kelly said when asked what his girlfriend is like. “When it’s summer, it’s the hottest summer. When it’s winter, it’s the most amazing chill. In the fall and spring, it’s a beautiful transition. She is unlike any person I have ever met in my life. I just want people to understand this is real. I don’t think people get the opportunity to believe in real, great love, and that’s what we have together.”
If you’re looking for more proof that they’ve met their match, Fox opened up about literally matching their outfits during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “That’s something I started with him just because he’s such a flamboyant dresser that I can’t really pull off just the sweatpants and the yoga gear anymore,” she confessed. “I have to elevate myself to his level.” she also spoke about their recent trip to Costa Rica, where they did Ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that’s used socially and medicinally.
Most recently, Fox gushed over her boyfriend in the July edition of Who What Wear. “It was definitely a vehicle — I’ll be honest — for me to meet Colson,” she said of their upcoming film Midnight in the Switchgrass. “I knew he was gonna be in the movie, but the universe was just like, ‘Go do this. There’s something about this experience that’ll be really rewarding for you.’” She was right. And even though she hesitated to pursue a relationship for “101 reasons,” she knew that he was the one. “When I met [MGK], I knew instantly that this is a soul I’ve traveled with before, that this was a soulmate connection, and that there was a purpose here,” she said.
That’s the latest with these two! Rest assured this timeline will continue to be updated with any major developments.
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