What the Sophie Lloyd and Machine Gun Kelly non-scandal reminds us about how society views women who play guitar

Machine Gun Kelly and Sophie Lloyd perform during 2022 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 19, 2022 in Manchester, Tennessee.
(Image credit: Erika Goldring/WireImage)

British guitar player Sophie Lloyd recently became the target of a baseless online rumor accusing her of having an affair with Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), whose relationship with actress Megan Fox is apparently on the rocks.

The rumor took flight after a fan commented on an Instagram post by Fox before she deleted her account. “He probably got with Sophie,” the fan reportedly said.

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Pauline France

A classically trained guitarist with a soft spot for metal, Pauline France is synonymous with all things writing, guitar and public relations – she is Guitar & PR. Her career in M.I. spans more than 15 years, working in Fender Musical Instruments Corporation’s communications departments, as well as being a Fender Play Instructor and on-camera personality for Fender Premium Audio.