The 1975 frontman Matt Healy calls Razorlight's Johnny Borrell a 'wanker'

Healy says Borrell would have become a 'wanker' whether Razorlight had been successful or not

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The 1975 frontman Matt Healy has branded Johnny Borrell a "wanker".

The 1975 are one of the breakthrough bands of 2013, having supported The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park over the summer and then scored a Number One album with their self-titled debut in September.

Asked by The Guardian whether he worries about success turning him into a "complete wanker", Healy replied: "No, I don't. We're not worried about becoming a bunch of wankers because the people who become wankers were always gonna become wankers. Johnny Borrell is a wanker because he's a wanker, not because Razorlight got massive."

Healy also insisted that having famous parents - his father is Auf Wiedersehen, Pet actor Tim Healy and his mother Denise Welch is a well-known Loose Women panellist - has done nothing to boost the band's career. "Who's going to care about some jumped-up kid? Listen, my parents' connections couldn't have got me anywhere," he said.

Johnny Borrell released his debut solo album, 'Borrell 1', in July and saw it sell just 594 copies in its first week on sale. The album features song titles including 'Erotic Letter', 'Ladder To Your Bed' and 'Pan-European Supermodel Song (Oh! Gina)'.

The 1975, currently on tour in the US, will return to the UK for a homecoming gig at Manchester Apollo on December 10 and a set at Blackpool Rocks on December 21. They will then play six UK dates - three in Manchester, three in London - in January 2014.

The 1975 will play:

Manchester Apollo (December 20)
Blackpool Rocks (21)
Manchester Academy (January 6, 7, 8)
London Brixton Academy (9, 10, 11)


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