Machine Gun Kelly lets a group of leeches squirm near his navel and calls them his 'best friends'

Machine Gun Kelly with pink hair and in a flower-embellished jacket.
Machine Gun Kelly shared the clip on Instagram Friday.Jordan Strauss/AP Images
  • Machine Gun Kelly shared the footage on Instagram Friday. 

  • Kelly, 32, jokingly called the group of leeches his "best friends." 

  • Leech therapy has been used in health and beauty treatments. 

Machine Gun Kelly shared a video of at least three leeches squirming on his stomach.

Kelly, 32, shared the brief clip in an Instagram story Friday, captioning the post, "My best friends." The footage showed the leeches were placed near Kelly's belly button. People reported that leech therapy near the navel derives from ancient Egypt and can be used to detoxify the digestive system and liver.

Machine Gun Kelly Instagram Stories  December 17 with leeches
Machine Gun Kelly shared the moment on social media.Machine Gun Kelly Instagram Stories

According to the National Library of Medicine, leech therapy, also known as hirudotherapy, is a treatment that uses medicinal leeches.

"Currently leeches may be used to assist in the treatment of abscesses, arthritis, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, thrombosis and some venous disorders," the report said. "Medical leeches may also be used in plastic surgery and in some blood circulatory problems."

In March 2008, Demi Moore told David Letterman that she underwent a similar experience as Kelly, according to Today.

"I've always been somebody looking for the cutting edge of things that are for optimizing your health and healing, so just a week ago I was in Austria doing a cleanse and part of the treatment was leech therapy," Moore told Letterman.

A number of celebrities have also talked about using leeches for beauty treatments in the past, including model Miranda Kerr. In 2017, Kerr told audience members at Gwenyth Paltrow's Goop Health Summit that she underwent a leech facial.

"It's adventurous. Health is wealth. They've been doing leech therapy for thousands of years," she said.

In the 2017 debut issue of Paltrow's Goop magazine, it was revealed the actress said leech therapy is a wellness tool she wouldn't try

"She draws the line somewhere," the article read. "No matter how much Paltrow hears about the skin-tightening properties of leech bites, she's not willing to let them near her face."

Blood is nothing new to Kelly, who made headlines in January 2021 after he proposed to his fiancée, Megan Fox. In an Instagram post, Fox revealed the pair drank each other's blood as part of their proposal.

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.Amy Sussman/Getty Images for MRC

"Somehow a year and a half later, having walked through hell together, and having laughed more than I ever imagined possible, he asked me to marry him," Fox wrote. "And just as in every lifetime before this one, and as in every lifetime that will follow it, I said yes…and then we drank each other's blood."

The following month, Kelly said on Instagram that he wears Fox's blood on a necklace.

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