“It’s just people say, ‘Oh, there’s a bad thing 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,” the musician said.
1975 frontman Matty Healy is speaking out about how he thinks comments he made on a podcast about rapper Ice Spice were misinterpreted.
In an interview with the new yorker released on Monday, the musician, 34, opened up about the growing backlash he has received since appearing on The Adam Friedland Show podcast in February.
During the podcast, Healy told hosts Friedland and Nick Mullen that he recently slipped into Ice Spice’s DMs and she didn’t respond. When mentioning the rapper (who has a black father and a mother of Dominican descent), Friedland and Mullen joked that she was an “Inuit Spice Girl” and continued to joke around using Chinese and Hawaiian accents; Healy did not participate, but laughed with the hosts.
During his interview with the new yorkerthe “About You” singer admitted in a March chat with writer Jia Tolentino that he deliberately baited his fans “a little,” but felt that wasn’t the point (the character Healy’s scene is that of a “woke” liberal condemning things like climate change and toxic masculinity, though he often blurs the lines between what’s real and what he considers a “piece” played. ).
“It doesn’t really matter. Nobody’s sitting there at night slumped in front of their computer, and their boyfriend comes over and says, ‘What’s wrong, honey?’ and they say, ‘It’s just this thing with Matty Healy.’ It doesn’t happen,” he said. “If so, either you’re deceived or you’re, sorry, a liar. Either you’re lying saying you’re hurt, or you’re a little crazy you got hurt. Bad thing there, let me get as close as possible so you can see how good I am. And I kind of want them to do that, because they’re demonstrating something so basic.”
Ice Spice – who is a self-proclaimed fan of The 1975 – received a apology on stage de Healy at a concert in New Zealand in April, where he told the crowd that he “never meant to hurt anyone”.
“Sorry if I offended you. Ice Spice, I’m sorry. It’s not because I’m annoyed that my joke was misinterpreted, it’s because I don’t want Ice Spice to think I am a jerk.” he said of the 23-year-old rapper. “I love you Ice Spice…It’s fine for me to be like a crook or whatever, but I don’t want to be seen as mean.”
He continued: “We all get it wrong, and I just have to do it in public and then apologize to Ice Spice and my life is just a little weird. But I’m really sorry if I upset her because I ‘fuck like it.’
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The “Princess Diana” rapper recently joined Healy’s rumored girlfriend Taylor Swift on stage at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to perform their new remixed version of “Karma.” Although Healy and Swift have been linked since early May, the duet and “Karma” music video were recorded months earlier, Swift, 33, said.
In his conversation with the new yorker, Healy insisted he was no longer interested in being “publicly correct”.
“I spent my decade trying to be that,” he said, in a conversation the reporter wrote took place a month before he appeared on the podcast. “I’m more interested in being wrong, and people seeing that, and knowing what’s right because of that.”
In a post-podcast conversation, he continued, “I think all the hype of my s—throughout the last year and a half, maybe it’s evidence that there’s something oppositional going on, that I’m getting something from my system. Because the truth is, I’m really, really anxious. We’re all anxious, but right now I’m really anxious.
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Elsewhere in the interview, producer Jack Antonoff – who worked with Healy on his band’s latest album Being funny in a foreign language – defended the singer-songwriter as “a deeply sincere person” likely to be “misunderstood because of everything he kinda likes”.
“If you don’t know it, if you don’t get it, because you’re not really tuned into the work, you might assume a cynicism that’s literally not there,” he said. declared.
Healy recently came as close as he could to discussing his romance with Swift at a UK music festival over the weekend, cryptically telling the crowd that he specifically wouldn’t address speculation about her love life.
“Is it all a bit? Is it sincere? Will he ever talk about it?” He asked. “All of these questions and more will be ignored for the next hour. Ladies and gentlemen, this is The 1975.”
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