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Why Machine Gun Kelly just changed his name

Why Machine Gun Kelly just changed his name

The singer has a new name which fans will have to call him by

Fans of Machine Gun Kelly are going to have to stop calling him Machine Gun Kelly after the singer appears to have changed his name.

The musician's real name is Colson Baker, but that's not what you'll be expected to call him if his new name catches on.

See, the trouble with someone like Baker going around with a new name like Machine Gun Kelly is that it's a pretty recognisable name and becomes hard to shift.

However, some of his fans ought to have little trouble getting used to his new name since it was their idea for him to change it.

Yes, according to Cosmopolitan this all happened because at one of his shows some fans held up banners saying 'change your name' and it sounds like the artist formerly known as Machine Gun Kelly has agreed.

This is the artist formerly known as Machine Gun Kelly, now he's got a new name.
Jason Kempin/Getty Images

The singer was spotted at GQ's Men of the Year party asking reporters if they could call him by his new name as well, while he's also declared it on social media so it looks like the name is here to stay.

According to Cosmo the singer spotted the 'change your name' signs at one of his shows and said: "I have no idea what that sign means."

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The fans who brought the signs told him: "We want you to change your name. We want to take out the 'Machine Gun' so we don't glorify machine guns. Just take out the 'Machine Gun.'"

He threw the issue out to the rest of the crowd and their reported roars of approval for the name change mean that the singer now just wants to go by the name 'Machine'.

It explains his recent Instagram activity where he posted pictures of himself captioned with the word 'Machine' alongside an emoji of someone speaking.

He's not Colson Baker or Machine Gun Kelly, now he's just Machine.
Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Machine then posted the same on X, though his social media handles are still @machinegunkelly for both platforms.

However, someone's got that handle on both social media spaces so he probably couldn't change it even if he wanted to.

At GQ's party he asked photographers: "I have a question, instead of 'Machine Gun' can you just hit me with the 'Machine' from now on?"

So that's his new name, don't call him Colson Baker or Machine Gun Kelly, from now on it's just Machine.

As for the reason why he initially took on his famous name, he said it was 'because of my rapid fire delivery when I was 15 and started doing shows'.

Featured Image Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images/Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Topics: Machine Gun Kelly, Celebrity, Music