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Matthew Healy
InstrumentsGuitar, lead vocals, piano
Years active2002 - present
Associated actsThe 1975

Matthew "Matty" Healy (born 8 April 1989) is an English vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for the English Alternative rock band The 1975.

As stated in many of his lyrics, Healy is an atheist and humanist, being a patron of the British Humanist Association.[1] He is also recognized as for being lyrically and socially unique from other pop artists.

Early life[]

Healy was born in London, the son of actress Denise Welch and actor Tim Healy. Following his birth, Welch began to suffer from severe postpartum depression, and subsequently fell into alcoholism and cocaine addiction.[2] He was raised in Newcastle upon Tyne before his parents moved to a small village outside of Macclesfield when Healy was 10 years old.[3][4][5] He initially attended King's School, Macclesfield, but was quickly asked to leave for getting into fights and injuring another student with a protractor.[6][7][8] He then attended Wilmslow High School, where he met bandmates Adam Hann, Ross Macdonald and George Daniel.

He left school at 16 and began working in call centres, cafés, and Chinese takeaways.[9] His first job was "in a kitchen doing pots at a pub".[10]

Career[]

Template:Main article In 2001, Healy met guitarist and keyboardist Adam Hann, drummer George Daniel, and bassist Ross MacDonald — at Wilmslow High School in Wimslow. Hann approached him and MacDonald about forming a band. Healy originally played drums, but switched when Daniel was added and the lead left.[8]

The 1975 released their debut self-titled album The 1975 on September 2, 2013. Six days later the album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. The album had several singles including "Sex", "Girls", "Settle Down", "Robbers", and "Heart Out". The album was recorded with the help of Arctic Monkeys producer Mike Crossey. In an interview, Healy, who writes all the lyrics for the 1975's songs, explains “on the [record] there's elements of emo and ambient music, which is what I was listening to from 15–20"[10]

The 1975 released their second album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, on February 26, 2016 through Dirty Hit. The album peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200; The album also peaked at number one in the UK.

Healy is known for his dry, self-deprecating, self aware and darkly humorous lyrics, which frequently revolve around sex, drugs and social commentary.[11][12]

Personal life[]

In an interview with The Guardian, Healy admitted being a former "big time" cocaine addict, and stated that he'd dabbled in various drugs during adolescence.[13] In a 2016 interview with Spin, Healy admitted to struggling with substance dependence during the band's tour in 2014-2015, but said he'd been able to "find his way" during the sophomore album's recording.[14]

In December 2014, during a concert at the Boston House of Blues, Healy suffered a nervous breakdown, crying during the set and eventually having to be carried off, resulting in the the next show cancelled.[15][16] He stated: "I was just doing too many drugs, too hungover all the time, drinking too much, girl stuff, getting more famous, all of this stuff. Before I went on stage, I was on a bit of a downward spiral. It was like, 'Fuck it. If you want this character, I can give you that.' I felt like, if I want to cry, I'm going to cry. I wanted to see what it was like being truly indulgent, like a true tragedy. It was kind of cool, actually. I think I enjoyed it. I wouldn't do it again. It wasn't fair for the people who were there."[17]

Periodically, he was in a relationship with model Gemma Janes.[18]

Criticism[]

Drug usage[]

Healy has been criticised in the music press for romanticising drug use, smoking, and onstage drinking.[19][20] Despite this, Healy has insisted that he does not romanticise drug use, telling Hunger TV: "I think that when it comes to drugs I believe that our fanbase will understand that I’m not romanticising or fetishizing it. I always talk about it with this disdain for my behaviour – whether because I feel like I need to take drugs to acquire something or the fact that I shouldn’t have done it at all in the first place."[21]

In July 2015, TMZ released a video of Healy smoking cannabis from a bong with fans outside a California club.[22] In an interview with the The Observer later, when asked about the incident, Healy responded: “I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to be a frump.’ So I just hit it. And then I realised the cameras were there. I thought, in my state, who the fuck’s going to watch this? Watch me smoking weed? The next day I saw the videos of me, and it turns out I didn’t just hit it. I stood there for 10 minutes. It wasn’t my proudest moment.” [23]

Personality[]

Healy is known for his outspoken personality during interview. On February 2016, Healy criticised One Direction, questioning their credibility and accusing them of copying Girls;[24] he has criticised Sting, 5 Seconds of Summer, Justin Bieber, Peace, Palma Violets and Reverend and the Makers.

In an interview for I like it when you sleep, for your are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, Alexis Petridis joked that Healy was "a man who happily seems to have made it his life’s mission to never knowingly think before speaking when in the presence of a journalist." In March 2016, Healy was accused of misogynyst comments he'd made interview with Q, where he stated that dating singer Taylor Swift would be "emasculating".[25][26] Healy responded on Twitter saying that "I may admit to being an idiot on occasion but I am not a misogynist. That suggestion makes me really sad.".[27] Laura Barton, the interviewer, wrote for The Guardian defending Healy.[28]

References[]

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  2. "'I tried to smash a lampshade over his head': Denise Welch on her alcohol-fuelled rows with husband Tim Healy". Daily Mail. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2016-08-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  27. "READ THIS I'M PISSED OFF". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-07-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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