Matty Healy Addresses Controversial Podcast Comments About Ice Spice

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Matty Healy, the lead vocalist of the popular band The 1975, recently found himself at the center of a controversy after his participation in a podcast where racist and body-shaming comments were made about Ice Spice. While some were deeply upset by Healy's response, he now asserts that the ensuing controversy holds minimal importance.

In an interview with The New Yorker published on Monday (May 29), Healy stated, "Nobody is sitting there at night slumped at their computer, and their boyfriend comes over and goes, 'What's wrong, darling?' and they go, 'It's just this thing with Matty Healy.' That doesn't happen."

Healy addressed those who claimed to be offended by his remarks, asserting, "You're either deluded or you are, sorry, a liar. You're either lying that you are hurt, or you're a bit mentally unstable 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 kind of want them to do that, because they’re demonstrating something so base level."

The controversy originated in February when Healy appeared on The Adam Friedland Show to promote The 1975's latest album, Being Funny In a Foreign Language. During the podcast, the hosts made inappropriate comments about Ice Spice, likening her to an "Inuit Spice Girl" and a "chubby Chinese lady," and proceeded to mock accents. They also made light of Healy's potential interaction with Ice Spice via direct messages. The podcast episode has since been removed from Apple and Spotify platforms.

During a 1975 concert in Auckland, New Zealand, Healy offered a partial apology for his engagement with the hosts' remarks. Onstage, he expressed remorse, stating, "I just feel a bit bad, and I’m kind of a bit sorry if I’ve offended you,” he said onstage. “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 d–k. I love you, Ice Spice. I’m so sorry. I don’t want it to be misconstrued as mean."

In the wake of the incident, Ice Spice has collaborated with Taylor Swift, with whom Healy is rumored to be dating, on a remix of Swift's song "Karma" from her album Midnights. Swift, when announcing the remix, described Ice Spice as a "brilliant artist" and affirmed her as "THE ONE to watch." The collaboration has resulted in a joint music video release and Ice Spice joining Swift onstage for three consecutive nights at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., during the Eras Tour to debut the remix live.

While some fans may question the intentions behind the remix, Jack Antonoff, a collaborator with both Swift and The 1975, expressed his support for Healy. In the New Yorker piece, Antonoff stated, "I think Matty is a deeply sincere person, who can, at different points, be misunderstood because of how much he enjoys a bit. If you don't know him, if you don't get him, because you're not really tuned in to the work, you might assume a cynicism that is literally not there."

The aftermath of the controversy has sparked ongoing discussions among fans and observers, as the significance and impact of the incident continue to be debated.

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