After debuting the first single from his band’s new album yesterday to the delight of fans, The 1975’s Matty Healy gave his first interview about the album’s content in a cover story for DIY magazine, and hooooooboy there’s some bombshells in there!
For one, Healy admits to checking himself in to rehab in Barbados at the end of the touring cycle for I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It. Apparently, the constant grind of intense touring and public exposure had caused the frontman to become addicted to prescription opioids, and he quickly realized that he needed to correct course or risk falling further.
“And I knew that I wasn’t going to detox myself, so I went away and I got clean.” Healy told DIY, “I wasn’t going there to get straight edge, I didn’t have a drinking problem or anything else, I was just chemically dependent on a substance and I didn’t wanna make a record as a f***ing junkie. Who wants to hear that?”
Aside from the tabloid fodder, Healy’s always-dazzling intellect and wordplay are in top form for this interview, as he discusses the creative process behind A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships, the pressures of making such a hotly-anticipated record, and the incredible hope he still carries for the future.
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