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Matthew Healy

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Matthew Healy
Matthew Healy of The 1975 at Southside Festival 2014 in Neuhausen ob Eck
Matthew Healy of The 1975 at Southside Festival 2014 in Neuhausen ob Eck
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Timothy Healy
BornTemplate:April 8, 1989 (age 28)
London, United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2002–present
LabelsInterscope, Dirty Hit

Matthew Healy (born 8 April 1989) is the British-born lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Manchester rock band The 1975.

Healy is the son of actors Denise Welch and Tim Healy, he grew up in Newcastle and Cheshire.[1][2] He met Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel at Wilmslow High School in Wilmslow in 2002; and played together as teenagers eventually forming a band together.

Early Life[edit]

Matthew Timothy Healy was born on 08 April 1989, to soap opera actress Denise Welch and television actor Tim Healy in Manchester, England. When he was young, his parents lived a fast life with lots of socialising amongst actors and musicians. Healy started playing the drums with his father at the age of four and developed a liking for music. Matthew studied in Wilmslow High School where started jamming with his friends, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel in 2004. They began by playing punk – rock and pop covers before they started writing their own music at the age of about 15.

Matthew in a news article aged 12:


See also: The 1975

Musical Influences[edit]

Healy stated in an interview with Teen Vogue in 2013 that his largest influences come from personal life experiences when he writes or composes his songs.[3] The best example of this can be heard in "She Lays Down" — a song inspired by a story his mother told him when he was 17 detailing the post-natal depression she had experienced earlier in her life. He opened up about how personal the songs were on their second album and that personal connection was the only reason the album has a purpose for him.[4]

He has stated that LCD Soundsystem's track "All My Friends" has been a major influence ever since it was released in 2007.[5]

Personal Life[edit]

He was in a longterm relationship with model Gemma Janes until they split in 2014. Healy is the son of actor Tim Healy and actress Denise Welch and has a brother named Louis. He is currently in a relationship with model Gabriella Brooks. Matthew was a extra in Waterloo Road .


  1. "Clash13 Healy interview" Simon Butcher, 'The 1975: Bound To Win, Bound To Be True', Clash Music, (issue 88), 25 September 2013
  2. "2013 interview" Entertainment Newsdesk, 'Q&A: Matthew Healy', Belfast Telegraph, 10 August 2013.
  3. Lewis, Casey. "The 1975 on Their Biggest Influences and New EP (Plus, Stream Their Song!)". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  4. "The 1975's Matty Healy opens up on a song he wrote about his mother's post-natal depression - NME". NME. 2016-12-04. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  5. "The 1975's Matt Healy reveals his favourite song of all time - NME". NME. 2016-11-17. Retrieved 2017-03-05.

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