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Who is Machine Gun Kelly’s guitarist Sophie Lloyd?

Machine Gun Kelly’s guitarist Sophie Lloyd has become the subject of worldwide speculation after fans claimed she played a role in his alleged split from fiancee Megan Fox.

The metal musician, 27, hit back at the ‘merciless’ and ‘disrespectful’ rumors in a statement provided by her management team to Page Six.

‘Sophie Lloyd is a professional, accomplished musician who has been needlessly dragged into the media based off of meritless accusations made by social media,’ the statement began.

‘Any suggestion that she has ever acted in an unprofessional manner or stepped out of her relationship are untrue. It’s disrespectful to her as a female artist.’

Sophie joined the 32-year-old rocker’s Mainstream Sellout tour last year, which kicked off in June and came to a close in October – but the British star has been an accomplished musician for many years, honing her craft since the age of 10.

Speculation: Machine Gun Kelly’s guitarist Sophie Lloyd has become the subject of worldwide speculation after fans claimed she played a role in his alleged split from fiancee Megan Fox  (Sophie pictured playing with MGK on February 11)

Rock on: Sophie joined the 32-year-old rocker's Mainstream Sellout tour last year, which kicked off in June and came to a close in October - but the British star has been an accomplished musician for many years, honing her craft since the age of 10

Rock on: Sophie joined the 32-year-old rocker’s Mainstream Sellout tour last year, which kicked off in June and came to a close in October – but the British star has been an accomplished musician for many years, honing her craft since the age of 10

On the rocks: The split rumors surrounding Megan and MGK kicked off over the weekend after the actress shared a cryptic post about 'dishonesty' and proceeded to delete all traces of the rocker from her Instagram; seen on February 5

On the rocks: The split rumors surrounding Megan and MGK kicked off over the weekend after the actress shared a cryptic post about ‘dishonesty’ and proceeded to delete all traces of the rocker from her Instagram; seen on February 5

Sophie began playing guitar as a child to ‘escape reality’ due to feeling like a ‘social outcast – before launching her wildly successful YouTube career, with her edgy videos leading Machine Gun Kelly to slide into her DMs and offer her a job.

Speaking on her website, she said: ‘I started playing guitar when I was around 10 years old after listening to Led Zeppelin in the car with my dad. 

‘Because I was a bit of an outcast, I had a lot of time to practise and this gave me an escape from reality, helped me overcome my anxieties and really gave me a sense of fulfilment.’

She honed her craft by practicing on her Yamaha Pacific for five hours a night after school.

Sophie graduated from the respected BIMM Institute (The British and Irish Modern Music Institute) in 2018 with a First Class Honours BMus in Popular Music Performance. BIMM, which has eight independent colleges across the country, boasts famous alumni including  George Ezra, Fontaines D.C. and Natasha Bent 

She is inspired by metal bands including  Iron Maiden, Black Label Society and Pantera and blues guitarists such as Rory Gallagher and Joe Bonnamassa.

Sophie credits her rhythm playing as being inspired by punk bands including Misfits and The Offspring. 

With her incredible guitar skills and glamorous looks, the star has amassed a huge social media following, boasting 815,000 subscribers on YouTube, where she shares guitar riff cover videos as well as clips of her original songs.

Untrue: The metal musician, 27, hit back at the 'merciless' and 'disrespectful' rumors in a statement provided by her management team to Page Six

Untrue: The metal musician, 27, hit back at the ‘merciless’ and ‘disrespectful’ rumors in a statement provided by her management team to Page Six 

Onstage: Sophie launched a wildly successful YouTube career, with her edgy videos leading Machine Gun Kelly to slide into her DMs and offer her a job (pictured on February 11)

Onstage: Sophie launched a wildly successful YouTube career, with her edgy videos leading Machine Gun Kelly to slide into her DMs and offer her a job (pictured on February 11)

Bombshell: With her incredible guitar skills and glamorous looks, the star has amassed a huge social media following, boasting 815,000 subscribers on YouTube

Bombshell: With her incredible guitar skills and glamorous looks, the star has amassed a huge social media following, boasting 815,000 subscribers on YouTube

She also has 793,000 Instagram followers where she regularly documents her time on tour, with many of the posts featuring MGK as well as other members of the band and crew.

Sophie previously revealed to NME how MGK slid into her DMs to approach her about his tour, after being wowed by her social media videos,

She said: ‘MGK literally just messaged me on Instagram one day, after seeing some of my videos. We Facetimed, we seemed to vibe really well and before I knew it, I had my visa and was flying from London to LA for rehearsals.’ 

‘Touring with Machine Gun Kelly was amazing. It was like one big family, and I felt so comfortable and safe from the get go. I also love how he uses his music to tell a story and portray a message.’

This marked the first time Sophie had toured with a musical act, and the musician said it was an important part of shaking off any claims she was merely a ‘bedroom guitarist.’

She said: ‘I’ve always been pretty open about my struggles with performance anxiety and imposter syndrome. 

‘I definitely haven’t followed the normal path most musicians take. I uploaded videos onto the internet instead of playing live in pubs and I always just felt like because of that, I wasn’t good enough. I started feeling anxious, and that held me back. This album has been me working through those things.’ 

Sophie is working on her debut solo album, Imposter Syndrome,  alongside her touring commitments with MGK. She previously released EP Delusions in 2018.

Star encounter: She said: 'MGK literally just messaged me on Instagram one day, after seeing some of my videos. We Facetimed, we seemed to vibe really well and before I knew it, I had my visa and was flying from London to LA for rehearsals'

Star encounter: She said: ‘MGK literally just messaged me on Instagram one day, after seeing some of my videos. We Facetimed, we seemed to vibe really well and before I knew it, I had my visa and was flying from London to LA for rehearsals’

Committed: Sophie has been in a relationship with her boyfriend Christopher Painter for over five years; seen Valentines Day 2023

Committed: Sophie has been in a relationship with her boyfriend Christopher Painter for over five years; seen Valentines Day 2023

Sophie's boyfriend Christopher Painter seen with MGK in August

Sophie’s boyfriend Christopher Painter seen with MGK in August 

Inspiration: Sophie, who credits Slash as one of her idols, marked the first time she had toured with a musical act when she went on the road with MGK, and the musician said it was an important part of shaking off any claims she was merely a 'bedroom guitarist.'

Inspiration: Sophie, who credits Slash as one of her idols, marked the first time she had toured with a musical act when she went on the road with MGK, and the musician said it was an important part of shaking off any claims she was merely a ‘bedroom guitarist.’

She said of her aspirations: ‘I think a few of my music-based dreams would be making a collaborative album with artists that I’ve always looked up to, such as Slash, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai etc… 

‘I’d also love to do some kind of tour where I go around to different primary/secondary schools and do a masterclass to encourage younger, especially girls, to pick up the guitar. And finally I’d like to have my own custom line of guitars with a company that people can buy.

‘I’ve gone on to meet so many amazing people and gone on to do things I only dreamed of. The fact that this is my career is still mind blowing to me.’

In November 2022, she released Iron Maiden inspired single, Do Or Die, featuring Inglorious rocker Nathan James. 

 ‘Do Or Die’ is inspired by Iron Maiden and features vocals from Nathan James of hard rock band Inglorious. ‘

In a March 2021 interview with Guitar World, Sophie revealed how she was impacted by online trolling after she posted a ‘shred’ cover of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.

She said: ‘I took it as fun. I was jamming over a cool, well-known song and then everyone in the comments – I don’t want to blast anyone but it was shared on this Facebook page. It was crazy. ‘Kill yourself!’ All of this. ‘Kurt Cobain would shoot you!’

‘It was horrible. It was dark. That got me down for a few days, but that is when I got this epiphany where, ’I am on the internet, and I have to just deal with this.’ The next day I made a ‘shredding to Justin Bieber video‘ instead. It was a retort. You can shred over anything you want.’

Her status as a guitar influencer has led her to collaborate with brands including LiveNation, Harley Davidson and Amazon Prime, as well as performing at Paris Fashion Week. 

Sophie has also performed alongside the Bloody Valentine hitmaker at several events and festivals.

Most recently, she played guitar with MGK on Saturday, February 11 at Drake’s star-studded Super Bowl party in Arizona, which was also attended by Megan.

Sophie has been in a relationship with her boyfriend Christopher Painter for over five years. 

Christopher has attended multiple shows on the Mainstream Sellout tour in support of his longtime partner.

Sophie honored Valentines Day by sharing a selfie with her man, where she declared him her ‘Valentine.’

The split rumors surrounding Megan and MGK kicked off over the weekend after the actress shared a cryptic post about ‘dishonesty’ and proceeded to delete all traces of the rocker from her Instagram.

She also unfollowed MGK and went on to follow his musical nemesis, Eminem. She famously appeared as the video vixen in the music video for Eminem and Rihanna’s hit song Love The Way You Lie in 2010.

Megan – who has been in a relationship with Machine Gun Kelly since June 2020 – posted a video in which she appeared to burn a letter in a bonfire, along with a bag.

She also uploaded a very raunchy string of mirror selfies while joined by a male pal, which included the caption: ‘You can taste the dishonesty/ it’s all over your breath.’

These are lyrics from Beyoncé’s 2016 track, Pray You Catch Me, about her husband Jay Z’s own affair.

Just before deleting her page, Megan responded to a fan in the comment section of the post who speculated that ‘Sophie’ – which many presumed to be Sophie Lloyd – was possibly to blame for MGK and Megan’s alleged relationship woes.

‘He probably got with Sophie,’ the user wrote, to which Megan – who has spoken about her bisexuality in the past – jokingly replied: ‘Maybe I got with Sophie.’

This quickly prompted fans of MGK to flood Sophie’s Instagram with rude comments accusing her of ‘home wrecking’ and comparing her and Megan’s appearances.

But many of Sophie’s 788,000 followers came to her defense by telling haters to ‘leave her alone’ and insisting she ‘has nothing to do with’ the state of Megan and MGK’s relationship.

In photos exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, the couple looked visibly upset as they left a marriage counseling office in California on Monday.

Megan appeared emotional as she wiped her eyes with her hand while leaving the building while a pensive MGK followed closely behind. 

A source claimed to PEOPLE reported earlier this week that Megan is no longer wearing her engagement and is currently giving MGK the cold shoulder.

‘They haven’t officially called off the engagement but Megan took her ring off,’ the source said. ‘They have had issues in the past, but things seem pretty serious this time.’

The report did not indicate what they were arguing about. 

The pair were last pictured together just hours before her shock post at Drake’s Super Bowl party in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Just six days ago, Megan shared a gushing tribute to her beau the day after the Grammys, where he had been nominated for Best Rock Album award for his record Mainstream Sellout.

MGK ultimately lost out to Ozzy Osbourne, but Megan praised her partner’s ‘humility and maturity’ in her lengthy tribute post.

She enthused that watching her MGK ‘become a better man is an immeasurably more satisfying experience than watching you accept an award.’

She also praised his ‘beautiful face,’ and promised to remind him of the night forever.

‘Congratulations on being in the very small percentage of artists who have received a Grammy nomination,’ Megan gushed.

‘You have handled this process with a grace and maturity that I haven’t seen from you before and I’m so proud of you.’

‘Watching you walk in humility and gratitude, watching you grow into yourself and become a better man is an immeasurably more satisfying experience than watching you accept an award.’

‘Although those will come… and this is irrelevant I guess but I will just never ever get over how beautiful your face is’

‘I hope one day you’ll see yourself the way I see you. I love you and I’ll keep this memory of you forever.’

Just before deleting her page, Megan responded to a fan in the comment section of the post who speculated that 'Sophie' - which many presumed to be Sophie Lloyd - was possibly to blame for MGK and Megan's alleged relationship woes

Just before deleting her page, Megan responded to a fan in the comment section of the post who speculated that ‘Sophie’ – which many presumed to be Sophie Lloyd – was possibly to blame for MGK and Megan’s alleged relationship woes

What's in it? Megan posted a video in which she appeared to burn a letter in a bonfire, along with a bag

What’s in it? Megan posted a video in which she appeared to burn a letter in a bonfire, along with a bag

Eek! Megan wrote in her caption, 'You can taste the dishonesty/ it¿s all over your breath,' which are lyrics from Beyoncé's 2016 track, Pray You Catch Me, about her husband Jay Z's own affair

Eek! Megan wrote in her caption, ‘You can taste the dishonesty/ it’s all over your breath,’ which are lyrics from Beyoncé’s 2016 track, Pray You Catch Me, about her husband Jay Z’s own affair

Gone forever? Megan completely deleted her Instagram page on Sunday after her cryptic post on Saturday

Gone forever? Megan completely deleted her Instagram page on Sunday after her cryptic post on Saturday

Megan and Machine Gun Kelly began dating in June 2020 after meeting on the set of the thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass earlier that year. 

It came shortly after her split from husband of 10-years, Brian Austin Green, 49.

The former couple share three children: Noah, 10, Bodhi, nine, and Journey six.

MGK proposed to Megan in January 2022. 

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