The 1975's Matty Healy Addresses Recent Controversies: 'I Want To Make You Guys Laugh'

4 July 2023 | 11:16 am | Mary Varvaris

"There's probably a couple of f*cking songs I'd take back if I had the chance.”

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Matty Healy has addressed his recent controversies – primarily for mocking Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian accents when discussing rapper Ice Spice’s ethnicity on The Adam Friedland Show – at The 1975’s concert at London’s Finsbury Park on Sunday (2 June).

Addressing the audience at the venue, which holds 10,000 people, Healy began, “I'm not someone who takes things for granted. The 1975 isn't a dry band. There's a lot of irony in it.”

Not exactly apologising but still showing remorse, he continued, per NME, “I was always trying stuff. And some stuff I got right and some stuff I got wrong... But do you know what? There's a lot of things I've said, jokes that I've made; there's probably a couple of fucking songs I'd take back if I had the chance.”

Healy admitted that his controversial behaviour, like eating a raw Tomahawk steak on stage (he did it once again at Finsbury Park), and comments come from a place of trying to entertain fans. However, the Love It If We Made It singer becomes messy when he gets “a bit excited” and doesn’t quite think his actions through.

He added, “What I mean is that I really am only doing this because I want to make you guys laugh and feel good. That's what my favourite art does, and that's what I'm trying to do. I get a bit excited.”

Concluding his speech, Healy said, “You know what, I’m fucking proud of myself.” You can watch footage from the concert below.

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Healy’s comments arrive two weeks after his labelmate Rina Sawayama seemingly ripped into his Adam Friedland Show appearance at Glastonbury, criticising “a white man that watches Ghetto Gaggers and mocks Asian people on a podcast”.

Referring to the podcast while The 1975 were touring in New Zealand earlier this year, Healy said, “I just feel a bit bad, and I’m kind of a bit sorry if I’ve offended you.

“Ice Spice, I’m sorry. It’s not because I’m annoyed that me 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.”