It may have been a little over a month since news of Taylor Swift’s split from her ex Joe Alwyn first became public, but rumors are already swirling about the singer’s love life. The last? That she is dating Matty Healy, the frontman of The 1975. It’s no secret that the couple have been friends for years, but the internet is going wild with news that they may have taken their relationship to the higher level. So what is really going on?
The rumors came to a head on May 25 when People reported that a source saw the pair kissing at the exclusive Zero Bond location in New York City while allegedly hanging out with celebrity pals Margaret Qualley, Jack Antonoff and Zoë. Kravitz. (Representatives for Swift did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment, while representatives for Healy could not be reached.) Earlier, on May 11, a buzz about the burgeoning couple went viral. emerged when a Swiftie posted a photo on Twitter artists together in a restaurant with their mutual friend Antonoff. According to the fan, a friend’s dad spotted them and took the picture. They didn’t give details on where the sighting happened, though Swift was scheduled to perform three shows during her Eras tour in Philadelphia this weekend.
Healy was a staple on Swift’s Eras tours. A weekend earlier, on May 5, Healy was spotted at Swift’s show in Nashville. In videos and photos shared online, Healy can be seen hanging out with a few other people in what appears to be a closed VIP section of the stadium. Fans also shared videos of him dancing to “Shake It Off” on Twitter. It should also be noted that Healy’s close friend, Phoebe Bridgers, joined Swift on stage.
Bridgers was back for the May 6 show (also in Nashville), but this time Healy joined her onstage for her set as well, per People. As the two are frequent collaborators, it wasn’t uncommon to see them join forces on the opener, but with romance rumors between 1975’s lead singer and Swift swirling, it was interesting to see it rise. on stage during his show.
News of Swift and Healy’s rumored relationship first broke via the front page of The Sun, which revealed on May 4 that the pair have reportedly started dating. “She and Matty are madly in love. It’s very early days, but it feels good. They first dated, very briefly, almost a decade ago, but the timing just didn’t work out.” , a source told The Sun. Swift was indeed spotted wearing a 1975 band t-shirt in 2014.
Years later, Healy would talk about his brief relationship with Swift and the flurry of speculation that would ensue and how it made him certain he would never date Swift. “I feel like I’m not very good at relationships,” Matty told Q Magazine (via NME) in March 2016, adding that he was afraid of just becoming “Taylor Swift’s boyfriend.” “The reason I mention this is because if I had [properly] dated Taylor Swift the first thing I would have [thought was] “Holy shit, I’m NOT Taylor Swift’s boyfriend,” he said, admitting, “It’s also a man thing, an emasculating, emasculating thing.
In May, Healy would go back slightly on those comments in a series of tweets (per Yahoo). “I was afraid of being ‘someone’s boyfriend’ (remember this is just speculation as we’ve never dated!) before I was even recognized for my music or my presence in as a whole person,” he wrote, continuing, “I was HONEST about all the thoughts, feelings, and situations that arise when people assume you’re dating the most famous woman in the world. planet. I tell you from experience that it’s an all-consuming whirlwind and something that for me has sparked a lot of self-exploration.”
Healy went on to praise Swift’s character, writing: “I have said countless times that I have found her to be one of the most graceful, hardworking, creative and most beautiful women that I had the pleasure of meeting. I personally have a lot of respect and admiration for her.”
Despite what the most recent sources say, Healy confirmed that the couple had never dated, concluding, “I haven’t even dated Taylor, but the media’s relentless and brutal obsession with her has meant that even a guy who didn’t RELEASE it got so beat up by their endless questioning that he inevitably said something that can be lifted and molded into something that looks like ‘the shadow’. It’s really sad .”
Since then, Swift has been linked to Harry Styles, Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston before settling down with British actor Alwyn. The couple were together for six years and lived in London before going their separate ways this year. “Taylor and Joe actually broke up in February so there’s been absolutely no crossover. Matty and Taylor have been filming the last few weeks so it’s been a lot of FaceTiming and texting but she can’t wait to get it on. But as two international megastars, they understand each other’s work pressures better than anyone and are incredibly supportive of each other’s careers,” a source told The Sun. Healy also reportedly parted ways with FKA Twigs last year.
Fans of The 1975 went wild earlier this year when Swift made a surprise appearance on the first night of the band’s At Their Very Best tour at London’s 02 Arena in January. She performed a cover of “The City” and her hit “Anti-Hero”. After the show, Swift caught up with Healy’s mom, Denise Welch of “Loose Women,” who excitedly posted a photo of the couple hugging on Instagram. So, if the rumors are true, Swift has already checked the meet the family box.
But is this love story the real deal, or, just rumors? It sure looks like they’re more than friends, but only Swift and Healy themselves can end the speculation.