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Opinion: Following celebrity drama in times of uncertainty

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Have Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) and Megan Fox really broken up? And if so, why does it matter? 

In a since-deleted post, Fox recently posted a series of photos with the caption “You can taste the dishonesty / it’s all over your breath,” a reference to Beyoncé’s 2016 song, “Pray You Catch Me,” which is said to be about infidelity. 

After an Instagram user suggested that Kelly got together with Sophie Lloyd, his guitar player and the only woman in his band, Fox responded, “Maybe I got with Sophie,” followed by a fire emoji.

Fox went on to delete all of their photos together on Instagram and unfollow Kelly. Right before she deactivated her account entirely, Fox was following only three celebrities: Harry Styles, Timothée Chalamet, and Eminem (whom Kelly publicly had beef with). 

The couple had just celebrated their 1-year engagement anniversary, though Fox had allegedly taken off her ring, embedded with sharp spikes said to make her bleed if or when she tried to take it off. 

A week later, Fox returned to Instagram to clarify that “there has been no third party interference in this relationship of any kind.”

Neither Fox nor Kelly have yet to speak further on the issue. 

So why is this significant? Why read more articles about a celebrity breakup when there are people dying in Turkey, anti-trans legislation being signed into effect, and 11 train cars of toxic chemicals spilled in Ohio—less than 90 miles from Cleveland, where Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly) grew up?

To say there are better things to focus on would be an understatement, yet there is something comforting for us in the breakup between MGK and Megan Fox. Celebrity news serves as a distraction from the real harm that is being done to the world. 

Couples break up all the time; what’s so different about this? Nothing, really—they’ve just welcomed us into the story of their relationship by publicizing everything.  From wearing a vial of Fox’s blood around his neck, to getting called a “rehab Barbie,” Machine Gun Kelly has long been making headlines for more than his music. In his Hulu documentary, Kelly alluded to this spotlight when speaking of his job: “You’re here to give up your comfort.” 

Sometimes I can’t bear to read about any more school shootings in the U.S.—it’s scary and hits too close to home. Reading about the scandalous lives of celebrities makes us feel like our lives aren’t so bad, afterall. 

In the meantime, while we eagerly wait for Megan Fox to speak out and MGK to release his next album, let’s remember that there are more important issues to focus on. 

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