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    Why We Can’t Look Away From Megan Fox And Machine Gun Kelly’s Bizarre Relationship

    “He knew that part of his job was to uphold the promise of them being these sick, pleather freaks — in a good way.”

    On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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    So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Jezebel senior writer Megan Reynolds about Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s “Hot Topic” romance. Here's some of what we learned:

    BuzzFeed Daily: I think the title of your piece just perfectly captures what's going on with this relationship: "Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly's Hot Topic Love Is Thrilling." This pairing elicits a lot of strong reactions from people. Is it sweet? Is it toxic? Is it some sort of weird publicity stunt? Where do you fall on this?

    Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly
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    Megan Reynolds: So my take on Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox is that it's maybe a little bit of all three of the things that you just outlined, because it is, I think, at its basis, just a normal — I mean, it's not a normal relationship. It's a relationship period, right? There's always going to be an element of something unsavory because they are two famous people. There is an element of the performative to it. 

    But at the end of the day, after looking at enough pictures of them, and then also reading the GQ profile that came out this week, I think that, hard pressed, I would say that this is mostly romance with a nibble of publicity. They know what their jobs are and their jobs are to be famous people that people will pay attention to and talk about, as we are doing right now. So we're doing our part of the bargain and they're doing theirs regardless of what we do.

    BuzzFeed Daily: So, the real reason we're talking about this right now, even though I talk about them all the time, is this bizarre GQ interview. Can you break down some of the most notable aspects of the article?

    BuzzFeed Daily: I do find myself rooting for them. However, there was one thing that Machine Gun Kelly said in the article that did raise some red flags for me. He described the relationship as "ecstasy and agony," and the agony part then becomes sort of an alarming way to describe the romantic entanglement. It could be read as toxic, unless I'm reading the agony thing wrong and that's the part where they're working out their past shit. What did you make of that agony statement?

    BuzzFeed Daily: I think someone at Jezebel, your coworker, described it as the "the tattooed boyfriend and the pretty girlfriend." And I think Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee would be categorically probably part of that. I'm also thinking of Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande (may that beautiful romance rest in peace.) What is it about that trope that that grips people?

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    MR: I would like to mention the person who wrote that was Ashley Reese, who's brilliant, and I'm glad that he elucidated that so clearly. Thank you, Ashley. 

    I think what works about that trope is that it's both unexpected and kind of expected. At the same time, I think it harkens back to high school. The hot stoner guy who goes to class maybe once a month, who always has good weed, is doing something with a skateboard, and has tattoos before you are legally able to have tattoos, that sort of that appeals — I don't know if Megan Fox would necessarily categorize herself as sort of a cheerleader type, you know what I mean? 

    But I think there is something visually very appealing about a man who has tattoos on his head and Megan Fox, who is pretty to the point where I probably wouldn't be able to look at her if I were in her presence. And I think the Bad Boy and Good Girl kind of thing is a tale as old as time.

    BuzzFeed Daily: There's another tattooed boyfriend/pretty girlfriend making the rounds right now, and that would be Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian, who you have very controversially dubbed the "couple of the year." And that goes even over J-Lo and Ben Affleck 2.0. Can you please defend that stance for our audience?

    Meanwhile, a former Degrassi writer claimed that Drake was ready to leave the show because he was worried his character being in a wheelchair would make him look quote “soft.”

    Adele just released her music video for “Easy On Me,” and, in a recent interview with British Vogue, she talked about how she hopes her new album will help her son understand why she and his father divorced.

    Adele in the Easy On Me video
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    She said, quote: "I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he's in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that's a real wound for me that I don't know if I'll ever be able to heal."

    As always, thanks for listening! And if you ever want to suggest stories or just want to say hi, you can reach us at daily@buzzfeed.com.