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Machine Gun Kelly talks tripping in the jungle on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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Ah, the life of a rock star. Studio sessions, parties, tripping in the jungle on sacred hallucinogens…

Appearing Tuesday night on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Machine Gun Kelly shared his perspective on a visit he and fiancée Megan Fox paid to Costa Rica, during which they both tried ayahuasca [ah’-yuh-WAH-skuh], a plant-based hallucinogen used for millennia by indigenous peoples there. 

While Jimmy Kimmel reminded Kelly that Fox, while visiting the show last summer, described the experience as “a trip to hell,” Kelly said his experience was much different — including how much of the drug he took.

Kelly says the shaman leading the ritual looked at him and declared he had a “big shadow of darkness” behind him, adding, “You need more.”  As in four cups of ayahuasca, where everyone else only drank one.  And this apparently went on for three consecutive nights. At one point, Kelly said he saw something that “looked like gray sand, coming from my body,” which the shaman appeared to suck out of him and then spat away.

“All jokes aside, it was one of the most important things that happened to me in my life,” Kelly said, more soberly.

As for Fox, Kelly said her first night was “rainbows and unicorns,” but her second was so intense that she skipped the third. “We were exorcising some things out of ourselves,” Kelly said.

Kelly also talked a bit about how he and Pete Davidson — who appears on MGK’s latest album, Mainstream Sellout — go way back, as well as meeting a very young Zendaya backstage during his first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2012.

Mainstream Sellout dropped last Friday. Kelly will support the album with a summer tour that kicks off June 8, featuring Travis Barker, Avril Lavigne, Blackbear and others.

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