She’s the stratospherically profitable pop star who has bought nearly as many data as she has Instagram followers (greater than 200 million) and is seemingly the very best paid feminine singer on the earth. And but Taylor Swift’s romantic instincts may very well be termed modest, at greatest — at worst, kamikaze.
Not solely do the lads she picks are usually a number of rungs down the profession ladder (British actors Tom Hiddleston and Joe Alwyn, her most up-to-date ex, spring to thoughts) however the pink flags are sometimes seen for all to see.
She famously sang that she knew ex-boyfriend Harry Types was bother. Effectively, the identical goes — doubly so — for her newest selection, who on paper at the very least, is probably her least auspicious accomplice but.
Enter Matty Healy, lead singer of British band The 1975, who, in addition to having battled heroin habit, was expelled from college for combating, smokes fats joints in interviews and is usually higher identified for intercourse and medicines than rock and roll.
Not lengthy after Healy first met Taylor backstage at one in all his gigs in 2014, he crowed to an interviewer: ‘I’ve received correct pop stars eager to s*** me the entire time!
Taylor Swift’s romantic instincts may very well be termed modest, at greatest — at worst, kamikaze. Pictured: Taylor Swift (file photograph)
Enter Matty Healy, lead singer of British band The 1975, who, in addition to having battled heroin habit, was expelled from college for combating, smokes fats joints in interviews and is usually higher identified for intercourse and medicines than rock and roll. Pictured: Matthew Healy (file photograph)
New couple: Matty (proper) and Taylor’s reported new romance was revealed on Wednesday- simply weeks after her cut up from actor Joe Alwyn (pictured in 2015)
‘I believe if I didn’t harbour my behaviour, I wouldn’t cease till I had s****** everyone.’
A while later, he mentioned — equally unchivalrously — that though he was blissful together with his long-term mannequin girlfriend, he didn’t wish to quiet down together with her in case it was his future to marry ‘somebody like Rihanna’.
However now he has certainly gambled upwards and is relationship a real pop goddess. And plenty of of her followers — or Swifties, as they’re identified — are bracing themselves for what they see because the inevitable crash and burn. In any case, it has all of the hallmarks of one more doomed pairing.
Matty, 34, the son of Unfastened Ladies’s Denise Welch and actor Tim Healy, isn’t anyone’s concept of a Byronic ladykiller. He boasts British tooth, stained by his loves of cigarettes and pink wine, hair which is prematurely greying in streaks and pouchy eyes. The Occasions might have hailed him ‘the one attention-grabbing straight white man in rock proper now’, however he’s definitely not as fairly as Taylor Swift’s earlier long-term love and rumoured fiance, Joe Alwyn.
Joe was dumped in February this 12 months, apparently as a result of they have been on totally different pages career-wise.
So what does Matty have that Joe didn’t? Having been by rehab for heroin habit and with a present hashish behavior, you would possibly suppose he’s removed from the very best consort for a squeaky-clean celebrity pop singer.
His final romance, with British singer/songwriter FKA Twigs, broke up as a result of they each had busy schedules. The four-year romance earlier than that, with mannequin Gabriella Brooks, fell aside in 2019 as a result of she despaired of his ‘get together habits’, which he had been unable to rein in.
A buddy of Gabriella’s mentioned on the time: ‘Matty is nice when he’s on kind, however he isn’t the simplest individual to be with and leads a really unconventional life. There was quite a lot of pressure on their relationship, not helped by him being on tour so much this 12 months. He events so much at residence when he’s there and Gabby had simply had sufficient. She doesn’t wish to lead her life like that.’
Pictured: Taylor Swift cuddles up with Matthew Healy’s well-known mom Denise Welch at London’s 02 Enviornment
Pictured: Matty Healy of The 1975 performs on Important Stage East on Day 1 of Leeds Competition on August 26, 2022
Now, with each him and Swift, 33, within the throes of touring, comes information of their fledgling romance. For Era Z, ‘Swhealy’ or ‘TayMay’ might be a extra iconic romance than Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, or Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, even when it solely lasts for the subsequent 5 minutes.
Swift definitely has a expertise for selecting males who seem assured to make her sad. A cynic would level out that Little Miss Heartbreak lucratively mines the ensuing ache in music.
For now, although, she is loopy about Healy. A supply mentioned: ‘She and Matty are head over heels in love. It’s super-early days but it surely feels proper. They first dated, very briefly, nearly ten years in the past, however timings simply didn’t work out. Taylor and Joe truly cut up up in February so there was completely no crossover. Each Matty and Taylor have been touring over the previous few weeks, so it’s been quite a lot of FaceTiming and texting however she can not wait to see him once more.
‘However as two worldwide megastars, they perceive the pressures of each other’s jobs higher than anybody, and are extremely supportive of their respective careers.’
The supply added: ‘They’re each massively proud and enthusiastic about this relationship and, in contrast to Taylor’s final one — which was very a lot stored out of the highlight, intentionally — she desires to “personal” this romance and never conceal it away.
‘Taylor simply desires to dwell her life and be blissful. She’s advised friends Matty is flying to Nashville, Tennessee, over the weekend to assist her on the subsequent leg of the tour.’
Followers have already picked up on quite a few hidden clues — often called ‘Easter eggs’ — which each she and Healy have been dropping to trace at their romance. Current hypothesis a few connection started to flow into after she made a shock look, acting on stage on the O2 in London on the primary night time of The 1975’s tour in January, when Healy referred to her as ‘The Queen’.
His proud mom Denise, a former Coronation Avenue star, shared an image of herself cuddling as much as Taylor backstage afterwards. One fan remarked: ‘Denise Welch turning into Taylor Swift’s mother-in-law is the plot twist 2023 was ready for.’
By that time, it was identified that Healy and Swift have been mates once more and have been working collectively. He confirmed in November final 12 months that he and the band had collaborated together with her on the album Midnights however that their work collectively had not been used.
The smitten pair are mentioned to be excited to ‘go public with their love’, with Matty, 34, allegedly set to hitch Taylor, 33, on stage as a particular visitor throughout her present in Nashville on Thursday night time
Out within the open: Taylor and Matty have been planning their ‘popping out’ for a number of weeks now, and are actually excited simply to go public with their love’
Her cut up from Joe Alwyn was leaked on April 8 — Matty Healy’s thirty fourth birthday. And final month Healy introduced that he was going to stop social media, saying: ‘All the pieces occurs in eras. The 1975 is a really eras band. The period of me being a f*****g a**gap is coming to an finish.’ Followers famous that Taylor’s present tour is named Eras.
They first met in 2014, after Taylor attended The 1975’s live performance together with her greatest buddy and fellow pop star Selena Gomez. They shortly struck up a flirtation and he or she was later noticed sporting the British band’s T-shirt, whereas Matty returned the favour by performing in a Taylor Swift 1989 album prime.
Romance rumours instantly started to swirl and, though Matty denied being in a relationship with Taylor, he appeared solely too blissful to speak about their being in contact.
He mentioned on Australian radio: ‘Yeah, we met one another, we exchanged numbers in the identical approach that lots of people in this type of world do and we spoke often.’
In an interview with GQ, Matty additionally gushed over the blonde magnificence, saying: ‘Since she got here to my present in December of 2014, I’d say that 90 per cent of journalists which have interviewed me have requested about both her as an individual or what our “interplay” was like.
‘I’ve mentioned on numerous events that I discovered her to be probably the most gracious, hard-working, creatively gifted, and exquisite ladies that I’ve had the pleasure to satisfy. I personally have quite a lot of respect and admiration for her. Why would I not?’
Head over heels: Taylor is claimed to be ‘head over heels in love’ with Matty after their long-term friendship blossomed into romance (pictured in April 2023)
Music: Matty, who’s the lead singer of The 1975, wrote songs with Taylor and his band for her newest album Midnights
By that time, Taylor had famously dated pop star Joe Jonas, actor Taylor Lautner, singer John Mayer, actor Jake Gyllenhaal and former One Course star Harry Types. As she later mentioned: ‘Having the world deal with my love life like a spectator sport through which I lose each single sport was not an effective way up to now in my teenagers and 20s, but it surely taught me to guard my personal life fiercely.’
Two years after assembly Matty Healy, she went on up to now The Evening Supervisor star Tom Hiddleston.
Their temporary romance was a world sensation, significantly when Hiddleston was photographed sporting an ‘I Coronary heart TS’ singlet whereas frolicking on a seaside together with her. Each felt scorched by the fall-out.
At this level, in 2016, Healy was as soon as once more interviewed about his non-romance with Taylor and appeared to have modified his tune radically: ‘If I had [properly] gone out with Taylor Swift, the very first thing I’d’ve [thought was]: “F***ing hell I’m not being Taylor Swift’s boyfriend.” You realize, f*** that. That’s additionally a person factor, a demasculating, emasculating factor,’ he added.
Later that 12 months, Taylor Swift began relationship actor Joe Alwyn. In reality they met on the similar Met Ball the place she met Hiddleston. They shared her properties in Nashville, Los Angeles, New York and London and reportedly purchased a home collectively in Primrose Hill, North London, final 12 months.
Healy has a novel tackle being well-known, having grown up the kid of well-known — now divorced — dad and mom. His father Tim is greatest identified for his position in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and his mom was well-known when he was rising up for her position in Soldier Soldier.
She even had a (temporary) singing profession, releasing a single which almost made the highest 20. In 1997, she was solid in Coronation Avenue and the household moved from Northumberland to Manchester.
By this level, Welch was affected by despair, and medicating with alcohol and medicines, though she has been clear for a while.
Healy met the remainder of The 1975 at Wilmslow Excessive Faculty in Cheshire, the place they have been all ‘misfits’. They used to rehearse at his home — which was teeming with well-known individuals, together with Ringo Starr, Mark Knopfler, Rick Wakeman and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson (his godfather).
He advised an interviewer: ‘I’d be enjoying on a guitar in the home, not figuring out it was the one from [Dire Straits’] Romeo And Juliet.’
One night time, after listening to him play, prog rock legend Rick Wakeman pulled him to at least one aspect and advised him he had ‘it’.
His father Tim advised him as soon as: ‘Music is in your bones. You’re the reincarnation of John Lennon. It’s in you.’ Regardless of the backing of his dad and mom, the band struggled to get signed by a label. Healy even toyed with an appearing profession, making a cameo within the BBC college drama Waterloo Highway, through which his mom additionally starred.
The band launched 4 EPs earlier than releasing their debut self-titled album The 1975 in 2013, which topped the UK Albums Chart.
Following this success, they launched 4 subsequent albums, have gained 4 Brit awards and performed Glastonbury thrice.
He missed his mom’s wedding ceremony to artist Lincoln Townley in 2013 as a result of the band have been supporting the Rolling Stones on tour.
By the point he was 25, he was speaking about having had a small heroin behavior and a bigger cocaine one earlier than he was well-known, and claimed that they’ve been overcome.
However in the summertime of 2017, the remainder of the band staged an intervention, and advised him to go to rehab for booze, heroin and opiate use.
He flew to Barbados and spent eight weeks in rehab, which included equine remedy.
He mentioned of his horse mentor: ‘I needed to impress it greater than any human being I’ve ever met. There have been so many qualities I envied on this horse. And he had nice hair.’
Extra not too long ago, he has been dwelling in West London and having a a lot quieter life. He has tried yoga, and swimming, and has been making an attempt to get on prime of the frequent migraines he suffers.
However, having fallen for the world’s most seen feminine pop star, that has all modified within the blink of a watch. The query is, to cite one in all Taylor’s songs, are they Prepared For It? Or will or not it’s a swift ending?