Matty Healy made global news when he kissed a fan during a Dubai gig.
Last week, during a gig in Dubai, The 1975’s frontman, Matty Healy made global news when he kissed a male fan during a gig in Dubai.
Although Matty was praised by some for recongising LGBTQ fans of The 1975, others feared for the fan’s safety following the kiss, due to strict anti-LGBTQ laws in the city. Homosexuality is punishable with a jail sentence of up to ten years.
Shortly after the show, Matty tweeted: “Thank you Dubai you were so amazing. I don’t think we’ll be allowed back due to my ‘behaviour’ but know that I love you and I wouldn’t have done anything differently given the chance again.”
“But who knows maybe they will let me back in let’s just wait and see.”
And now, while headlining at Reading Festival, BBC Newsbeat reported that Matty used the platform to speak out about anti-LGBTQ laws around the world.
“I really liked that boy and I am pretty sure he liked that kiss,” he told fans on the main stage. “It is not me that needs to change, it is the world that needs changing.”
Explaining the situation to fans, he said: “I kissed a boy in Dubai the other week. The gig was amazing and everybody that was there was in support of it [the kiss].
“What happened was a genuine, intimate, human moment between two people that was consensual.” He added: “To be genuinely honest it was quite a beautiful moment.”
At this point, the crowd began cheering, and in response, Matty said: “That was the reaction at the gig.”
“Because when you see that, as a human, it is your natural inclination to be like ‘awh that is nice’. But sometimes governments get involved when they should just leave you and your lovely genitals to do what you want at home.”
Last year, in an interview with Shortlist, Matty revealed he’d kissed guys in the past but he doesn’t have “carnal, sexual feelings” towards the same sex.
“The other sex is still attractive,” he opened up. “It’s just that sex is weird, isn’t it? Do you know what I mean?” He continued: “It’s like, ‘Do I want to do blow jobs with a guy?’ No. Do I want to a kiss a guy? Yeah, kind of…”
Matty also said he looked up to gay people because they were people who “were truly themselves”, and said he associated that freedom of self with “freedom of expression”.