Matt Healy: My mum thought I was dead

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 June 2014
1975 singer Matt Healy

Matt Healy

Matt Healy's mum Denise Welch thought he was dead for six hours after she saw a rumour on Twitter that he'd died of an overdose

Matt Healy's mum Denise Welch thought he was dead for six hours.

The singer, who fronts indie band The 1975, was angered by a Twitter rumour earlier this year that he had died of a drug overdose and his mum struggled to get hold of him to make sure it wasn't true.

He said: "Russell Brand had that he died in a snowboarding accident, that's quite funny.

"Someone said I had an overdose in my flat, who's making that s**t up? I didn't. I was on a plane to America.

"My mum rang me in tears. She thought I was dead for six hours. That's not cool at all. That is the s**t I don't like [about fame]."

The 25-year-old star, whose father is actor Tim Healy, has grown up dealing with fame but admits there have been a number of rumours about him and he isn't a fan of the attention that comes with his band's success.

Speaking at the Bushmills Live festival on Ireland's north coast, he exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "There have been loads of rumours. [One] that I slept with Rashida Jones, Quincy Jones' daughter, I didn't sleep with her. I wish I had. She's wife material."

He added: "I don't really like it [the fame] on a personal level. I don't like being so exposed and having things that I don't think about being topics of conversation for other people. I don't like the fact that every time I get out of a car I have a f***ing camera in my face.

"But, then again, I don't resent the element of fame that's marred my life because it's amplified the way I am as a writer. I kind of understand it, it makes me a better writer. But I don't want to be famous famous, I can't be arsed with that."

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