At the highly esteemed Forbes Under 30 Summit on Tuesday, a turn of events left attendees and online viewers taken aback. Machine Gun Kelly, popularly known as MGK, and whose real name is Colson Baker, was in the midst of sharing insights about his entrepreneurial ventures and musical journey when an unexpected guest made a bold appearance on stage. The incident unfolded in Cleveland, Ohio, the very city that proudly claims MGK as one of its own.
Baker was passionately discussing his recent endeavor, the 27 Club, a coffee shop that pays homage to the age at which many legendary musicians tragically passed away. The establishment, opened in 2020, is more than just a café—it's a testament to the musician's deep-rooted connection to his hometown and the world of music.
However, as the conversation with Forbes' interviewer, Kristin Stroller, took a deeper dive, her sudden expression of concern signaled a disruption. On turning around, Baker found himself mere feet away from a stranger who'd boldly made his way on stage.
Machine Gun Kelly Confronts Unexpected Intruder
The "Emo Girl" singer, visibly taken aback, quickly rose to his feet, fists clenched. The tension in the room was palpable as onlookers awaited his next move. Despite the evident surprise and potential threat, MGK managed to keep a semblance of composure, firmly telling the intruder, “My man, get the f**k away from me.”
The motives of the stage-crasher remained murky. His vague response, “Hey, I got you, man. [Unintelligible] help you out,” only added to the confusion. Baker's repeated queries of “What are you doing?” echoed the collective sentiment of the audience.
Thanks to the vigilant security team, the situation was diffused swiftly, with the man being escorted off-stage without further drama. After a brief pause and muted microphone, MGK returned to address the audience. His heartfelt apology, referencing an older, more aggressive version of himself, resonated with many.
Highlighting the unpredictable nature of public appearances, this incident underscores the necessity for robust security measures at celebrity events. Kristin Stroller's supportive words for MGK post-incident, combined with the crowd's applause, further showcased the collective understanding and empathy for the artist in such unanticipated circumstances.