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The 1975's Matt Healy Says He's an 'Aesthete,' Would Kiss Men But Not Have Sex With Them

The 1975's Matt Healy Says He's an 'Aesthete,' Would Kiss Men But Not Have Sex With Them

Matt Healy is on the cover of the latest issue of Attitude Magazine, out now.

Here’s what the 30-year-old The 1975 frontman had to say…

On how the first kiss he ever saw was between two men: “My mum’s crew was kind of the gay ‘Illuminati’ of The Groucho [Club]. I’d slept in the bar there more times than I can remember by the time I was 15. The first time I noticed a sexy kiss in real life was between two guys. They were my mum’s mates, who were dancers in a show. When I look back, these are really formative experiences for people because it’s what you identify as ‘normal’. I grew up in the gay community. That’s why I think there is my, whatever it is, activism.”

On responding to comments that he put a gay fan’s life in danger when he kissed him during his concert: “My shows are gay and it was the gayest gig I’ve ever done. It was like a release, that they had a place to go to in f–king Dubai. So, it was a massive celebration. … I find who this kid is on Twitter and I start texting his mate, ‘Oh my God, are you all right?’ He replied: ‘What do you mean? We’re in a bar, it was the best night of my life’, and they start sending me selfies. I was like, ‘I read some s–t’, and sent them links to what people were saying. They went on Twitter, saying: ‘Don’t f–king do that’. People just imagine things and present them as fact and it pisses me off.”

On his own sexuality: “I tend not to talk about my sexuality that explicitly because I don’t really have to and all things are subject to change. I’m an aesthete, so I have this objective view of beauty. … I see things as objectively beautiful, so men can be objectively beautiful. Sometimes, I see men and I’m like, ‘F–k me, he’s peng’. Then sexuality gets changed for me because I would, and have, kissed beautiful men, but I don’t want to f–k them. It stops for me when it comes to [sex].”

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Credit: James Anastasi; Photos: Attitude
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