The social media stars claiming to be Mac Miller's secret girlfriend before his death

In the hours after rapper Mac Miller died from a reported drug overdose last week, two different women took to Instagram to claim they'd been having a secret relationship with him.

YouTuber Tana Mongeau and Instagram model Julia Kelly both shared private messages from the late rapper, along with emotional tributes declaring their love for him.

Mongeau posted text messages that appear to show Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, calling the 20-year-old vlogger "incredible", and telling her: "you deserve the world".

According to her now-edited caption on the post, the exchange happened "a week ago".

"You had this love for life and what you do that made me fall for you 10 times harder," Mongeau wrote.

"My soul is shattered...what I would do for you to tuck my hair behind my ear and kiss me one last time.

"I love you Malcolm. I love you."

Tana Mongeau and Julia Kelly.
Tana Mongeau and Julia Kelly. Photo credit: Instagram

Mongeau also claimed she "wanted to come over" the night before 26-year-old Miller was discovered dead at his home. However, Babe has posted video showing her kissing another rapper, Trippie Redd, at the PornHub awards on the night in question.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Instagram personality Julia Kelly posted an eerily similar intimate tribute to the 'Self Care' rapper.

Her post included a video of Miller playing 'Happy Birthday' on the piano, and a message thread in which the pair tell each other: "I really like you."

"My heart is hurting. Shattered," Kelly captioned the post.

"Waking up next to you was a dream. I'm going to miss your sweet forehead kisses and affection.

"I would give anything to talk to you one last time and express my love. I love you forever, Malcolm," she concluded.

While Kelly has not elaborated on her relationship with the late musician since her original post, Mongeau later apologised in a series of tweets, and removed most of her original message.

"It isn't about me. It never will be," she tweeted

Ariana Grande, who previously dated Miller for two years, posted a wordless tribute following his death, choosing to share only a black and white photo of him.

She later disabled Instagram comments on all of her posts, reportedly as a result of trolls blaming her for his death.