The 1975’s Matty Healy sends his heartfelt apologies to Ice Spice, amid controversial statements in a recent podcast appearance.
Matty Healy, the outspoken frontman of The 1975, finds himself in the midst of a storm following his involvement in a podcast episode where offensive remarks were made about rapper Ice Spice.
The incident, which took place during an appearance on The Adam Friedland Show, stirred up controversy and drew criticism from fans and onlookers.
During the podcast, Healy found himself engaged in a series of inappropriate jokes and comments alongside hosts Adam Friedland and Nick Mullen. They made derogatory references to Ice Spice, including mocking her accent and dubbing her as “Inuit Spice Girl” and a “chubby Chinese lady.” Healy’s participation, marked by laughter and even adding a joke of his own, drew significant backlash on social media.
While some expected a swift and remorseful apology, Healy’s response took a different turn. In an interview with The New Yorker, he shared his perspective on the entire ordeal, suggesting that the controversy simply doesn’t carry the weight that some might attribute to it. He dismissed the notion that people would be deeply affected, stating, “But it doesn’t actually matter. 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 further addressed those who claim to be offended by his remarks, questioning their motives. He expressed skepticism, saying, “You’re either deluded or you are, sorry, a liar. You’re either lying that you are hurt, or you’re a bit mental 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.”
In the aftermath of the controversy, Healy did offer somewhat of an apology during a concert in Auckland, New Zealand. He expressed regret, emphasizing that he didn’t want Ice Spice to have a negative opinion of him. Healy said, “I just feel a bit bad, and I’m kind of a bit sorry if I’ve offended you. 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 dick. I love you, Ice Spice. I’m so sorry.”
As the dust begins to settle, the incident highlights the ongoing conversation surrounding accountability and the impact of words in an era of heightened sensitivity. While opinions remain divided, it remains to be seen how this controversy will shape the future for Matty Healy and The 1975.