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The 1975 Frontman Matty Healy Discusses Heroin Addiction

13 October 2022 | 9:01 am | Mary Varvaris

"I was walking a very, very thin line."

(Pic by Samuel Bradley)

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In a new interview with Zane Lowe, The 1975 vocalist Matty Healy has opened up about his heroin addiction. He discussed the realities of the habit at the time and how his drug use affected his bandmates. 

Openly talking about how his bandmates reacted, Healy noted that his heroin addiction was "the first time where there had been anything that one of us was doing, or was into, that the others weren't… It was the first time I had to tell them something. It was the first time that the idea of a secret existing even came out. It's almost as if, well, is there anything else that we've not known? Because that's a big thing."

Besides the surprise, the band threw him an intervention while working on their 2018 opus, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Healy resisted and lashed out in a way that mortified him, pretty much insisting, "no, you need to respect my drug addiction!" 

His petulance put him into an "emotional hangover," in which he thought, "Oh my God, not only was that the wrong thing to say, that was so cringe. Because I know that they will get over that, but that's going to be an anecdote that they'll take the piss out of me for years for — that's the first thing I need to think about."

Healy also outlined his road to recovery that led him to a fundamental discovery: many people he met in a rehab facility had lost everything. 

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Acknowledging his privilege, he stated, "I'd not lost anything. I'd nearly lost the respect of everybody I loved, but I hadn't. Hadn't lost my career. Hadn't lost my possessions. Hadn't lost my money. I was just walking a very, very thin line. I think that I was lucky enough in my condition in the way that I am as a person to recognize that what needed to be done needed to be done."

The 1975 are heading to Australia next year for a massive arena tour. The band's fifth album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language, featuring the singles Part Of The Band, Happiness, All I Need To Hear, and I'm In Love With You, is out tomorrow.

THE 1975 

‘At Their Very Best’ Australian Tour

Saturday 8 April 2023 – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth

Monday 10 April 2023 – Aec Theatre, Adelaide

Wednesday 12 April 2023 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Friday 14 April 2023 – Aware Super Theatre, Sydney

Saturday 15 April 2023 – Riverstage, Brisbane

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