Matt Healy of The 1975 rallies against celebrity culture: ‘The phrase ‘squad goals’ makes me die’

"Cara Delevigne and Kylie Jenner, I don't really know what they represent"

Matt Healy of The 1975 criticises fake friendships and celebrity culture in the cover story of this week’s free NME.

The 1975 release ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ on February 26. It features singles ‘Love Me’ and ‘The Sound’.

Speaking to NME in New York, Healy opens up about his suspicion of famous people and their “squads” of similarly well-known friends, saying he prefers making music to posing for photographs.

“I see all these celebrities all kind of hanging out with one another and I’m very suspicious of whether they’re actually friends or not,” he says. “As soon as famous people of my generation get near each other – you know who I’m talking about, your Cara Delevigne and Kylie Jenner people – they’re all a tight group and I don’t really know what they represent. People just want to be in photographs with people. ‘Squad goals’. The phrase makes me die.”

Healy adds: “I’m a musician, not a socialite who ended up in a band. That is my love: music as a form. I’m not doing it because I wanna, I don’t know, shag birds or be famous. I’m doing it because it really turns me on. When I have that moment on my own writing, when I get it, I equate it with a sexual desire, it’s like a carnal thing within me. It’s not about anybody else.”

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Read the full interview and see the brand-new photoshoot in the all-new free NME, available nationwide on January 29 and on NME.com. Find out where you can get your copy from the full list of pick-up points.

The 1975 will play a series of UK tour dates in March following the release of their second album. See the full dates below.

The band will begin their 2016 tour with three nights at London’s O2 Academy Brixton starting on March 7. They will then play dates in Manchester and Glasgow before the run of gigs ends in Birmingham at the Barclaycard Arena on March 22.

The 1975 will play:

London, O2 Academy Brixton (March 7-9)
Manchester, O2 Apollo (March 13-15)
Glasgow, O2 Academy (March 18-19)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (March 22)

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