Machine Gun Kelly claims he and Yungblud are like 'Jimi Hendrix and Elton John back in the day'

Machine Gun Kelly has caused outrage with comments made in an interview about his friendship with fellow musician Yungblud, in which he compared them to Jimi Hendrix and Elton John. 

Speaking with NME, Kelly discussed how he ended up collaborating with British pop-rocker Yungblud for his track 'I Think I'm OKAY'. 

"I reached out because I was a fan of everything he does, including his attitude and his way of dressing," Kelly said. 

"His raw voice is so good and he has an immense love for rock 'n' roll. Those energies gravitate towards each other."

The American rapper/rocker dubbed his "free-spirited" friendship with Yungblud a "dope across-the-pond thing". 

"It's like: 'You hold it down over there and I'll hold it down over here.' Together we can make some sort of union of rock stars. 

"We're like Elton John and Jimi Hendrix back in the day." 

Kelly's comments caused a stir on social media, where many music lovers were outraged by the comparison. 

"Sacrilege," one Twitter user wrote, while another asked: "How dare he?" 

"You're not even remotely close," one tweet read. 

"Nobody is 'like' Jimi Hendrix. I never hated MGK but I do now," said another.