Inside The Controversial Past of Matty Healy: Taylor Swift New Boyfriend

Why Taylor Swift Dating Matty Healy is Causing Controversy

If you’re a 1975 fan, you might have seen the Reddit or Twitter threads “Why Matty Healy is Controversial or Problematic” pop up every so often. Matthew Healy, the frontman of The 1975, has been known to cause a stir on the internet with his remarks on certain topics and provocative actions. Though, his antics from the past have resurfaced after it was reported that Matty is dating singer-songwriter and superstar Taylor Swift.

Background on Taylor Swift and Matty Healy’s Relationship

On May 3, 2023, sources told The Sun that Taylor Swift is reportedly dating The 1975 frontman. A source told the UK gossip site that the two “are madly in love.” “It’s super-early days, but it feels right. They first dated, very briefly, almost ten years ago, but the timings didn’t work out,” the source said. “Taylor and Joe actually split up back in February, so there was absolutely no crossover.”

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Matty Healy and Taylor Swift

“Both Matty and Taylor have been touring over the past few weeks, so it’s been a lot of Face-Timing and texting, but she cannot wait to see him again,” the source said while Taylor is in the thick of her Eras Tour while Matty was wrapping up The 1975’s At Their Very Best tour in Manila, Philippines. “But as two international megastars, they understand the pressures of one another’s jobs better than anyone and are incredibly supportive of their respective careers. They are both massively proud and excited about this relationship and, unlike Taylor’s last one — which was very much kept out of the spotlight, deliberately — she wants to ‘own’ this romance and not hide it away. Taylor wants to live her life and be happy. She’s told pals Matty is flying to Nashville over the weekend to support her on the next leg of her tour.”

Matty Healy’s Controversial Past

Matty’s past actions have resurfaced, causing a rift between Swifties, who want to support their favorite artist and her happiness but won’t support their relationship. One 1975 fan commented on a Reddit thread about his controversial past, “We cancel him so frequently at this stage I feel like we don’t give him time to grow and realize the implications of some of the things he’s done. There’s been so much over the years, starting with the robber’s kiss in the self-titled era, I wouldn’t know where to start.”

May 30, 2023: Matty Healy Addresses the Ice Spice Controversy

In a New Yorker profile, Matty addressed the Ice Spice controversy that happened earlier in the year. “You’re either deluded, or you are, sorry, a liar,” he said, addressing fans who claimed to be offended by the remarks. “You’re either lying that you are hurt or a bit mental for being hurt. It’s just people going, ‘Oh, there’s a bad thing over there; let me get as close to it as possible so you can see how good I am.’ And I want them to do that because they’re demonstrating something so base level.” Matty seemed to turn away from the Taylor Swift dating remarks in the interview. The profile comes days after Taylor Swift collaborated with Ice Spice for a remix of “Karma.” The “Love Story” singer and “Princess Diana” rapper performed the remix at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for Taylor’s Eras Tour.

May 17, 2023: Taylor’s fans make the #SpeakUpNow campaign

On May 17, 2023, Taylor Swift’s fans made a campaign #SpeakUpNow to raise awareness about Matty Healy’s controversies and a call for him to take responsibility for his actions. “From engaging in racist remarks, making offensive jokes, and admitting to watching degrading pornography in which people of color are being humiliated and assaulted, his actions contribute to the perpetuation of hate, stereotypes, and objectification which targets and hurts some people from the Jewish, Black, Chinese, Hawaiian, Inuit, LGBTQ+ communities as well as women,” the statement read. “While individuals have the right to make their own choices and form relationships, we believe that it is essential for those in the public eye to take a stand against discrimination and hold themselves and their associates accountable.”

May 5, 2020: Taylor Swift fans make a thread of Matty Healy’s controversy

After news of Taylor Swift and Matty Healy’s relationship emerged, many Swifties acted to call out Matty’s previous actions. A Swiftie account, @antiheroandie, made a Twitter thread: “Matty Healy being a racist, islamophobic, antisemitic sexist, and overall piece of shit- a thread” Included in the thread are deleted tweets and videos of him doing a Nazi salute earlier in January 2023 at a 1975 concert.

April 2023: Matty Healy apologizes to Ice Spice for racist actions on a podcast

In January 2023, Matty Healy appeared on the podcast The Adam Friedland Show with the comedian and co-host Nick Mullen. Matty mentioned that he tried to message rapper Ice Spice on Instagram, to which the co-hosts mocked her name and participated in racist insults towards Chinese, Hawaiian, and Inuit people by making mocking accents. One of the hosts responded to Matty, “Inuit Spice Girl,” and continued, “This chubby Chinese lady. ‘Yeah, I rap and [make] music.’ Do they talk like that? Do Inuits talk like that?” Though Matty didn’t participate, he did laugh along with the hosts.

Artist Yungblud targeted Matty in a Twitter thread. “Love listening to three privileged white dudes sit around and objectify a young black female artist who’s blowing up,” he wrote. “Welcome to your 30’s, I guess…” Matty responded by mocking him on his Instagram stories. The podcast has been taken down on podcast platforms but is currently still up on Youtube.

Ice Spice professed herself as a 1975 fan before the podcast but has not commented on the controversy.

Matty apologized to Ice Spice in-directly and in front of an audience during The 1975 At Their Very Best tour. “I just feel a bit bad, and I’m kind of a bit sorry if I’ve offended you,” Matty told the audience at a concert stop in Auckland, New Zealand, issuing a catch-all apology for his multiple offenses over the years. “Ice Spice, I’m sorry. It’s not because I’m annoyed that my joking got misconstrued. It’s because I don’t want Ice Spice to think I’m a dick. I love you, Ice Spice. I’m so sorry.”

In the same month, he explained why he wanted not to be a bad person anymore. “It’s because everything happens in eras,” he reportedly explained his decision. “The 1975 is a very eras band. The era of me being a fucking arsehole is coming to an end. I’ve had enough.” He continued: “I perform all the time, and it’s my job, and I love doing this, but I can’t perform off the stage anymore as I just want to be a bloke.”

October 2022: Matty Healy Explains Why He’s Off Twitter

In an interview with NME, Matty Healy explained why he was off Twitter and about his tweet amid the George Floyd protests. He said, “By that point, my reaction in the room to all that Twitter shit was like, ‘Oh fuck off! You know that I’m not using this as an opportunity to monetize the half-a-pence I get paid for a fucking YouTube play’. What I’m saying is, ‘Here’s something I’ve thought about’, and….”

Matty Healy’s conHealy’sial past has caused a lot of backlash within Taylor Swift’s fanSwift’snce since news of their relationship came out. While some support their favorite artists haartist’s, many call on Healy to take responsibility for his past actions and statements. As the two continue their relationship, it remains to be seen how this controversy will play out in the future.

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