The 1975’s Matty Healy on declining to support Ed Sheeran live: “I just wanted to do our own shows”

Healy expands on comments he made about turning down Sheeran's lucrative offer

Matty Healy had addressed comments he made about declining Ed Sheeran‘s offer for The 1975 to support him on tour in a lucrative deal.

The 1975 singer and guitarist said in a recent interview with The New York Times that he was “offered a four-month tour next year of stadiums with the biggest singer-songwriter in the world that would have made me money that I’ve never even seen or heard of in my life” [via Uproxx].

Although Healy didn’t initially name Sheeran, the interviewer asked if he’s who he was referring to, to which Healy replied: “Yeah. And I got offered to be main support and do whatever I want. Think about the money you think I’m getting offered – it’s not just offered, it’s what he can afford because of what he makes for shows – and then just triple it. It’s insane.”

Advertisement

Now, Healy has taken to Twitter to say that he has “mad respect for Ed Sheeran” and explained that he simply wanted The 1975 to play their own shows.

“Just to be clear I have mad respect for Ed Sheeran and I didn’t decline sharing a stage with him I just wanted to do our own shows instead and he’s always been so nice to me personally and publicaly [sic] so don’t start a twitter thing for fun,” wrote Healy.

In the New York Times interview he said: “It’s difficult to be big and say – genuinely – that I have zero commercial ambition. There’s definitely a ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of thing, which is where, listen, we’ve never known what to do and we’ve never tried to do anything. So the second we stop doing that, we’ll probably fuck up.

The 1975
The 1975’s Matty Healy performs at Reading Festival day three on August 28, 2022 in Reading, England CREDIT: Simone Joyner/Getty Images

“I tend to say no to stuff for money. I don’t know how you can write this up without it being rude or inappropriate, but I just got offered a four-month tour next year of stadiums with the biggest singer-songwriter in the world that would’ve made me money that I’ve never even seen or heard of in my life.”

Advertisement

He added: “The thing that’s stopped me just doing that is because – I don’t care. It’s not worth it. Not because I don’t like Ed Sheeran. I think he’s, in a lot of ways, a genius, and he does what he does better than anybody else. But opening up for somebody and not just being real, that’s the kind of stuff I think about.”

Ed Sheeran. CREDIT: Joseph Okpako/WireImage.

In other news, The 1975 have added two extra dates to their recently-announced 2023 UK and Ireland tour. Find out the details and get your tickets here.

Next month the band release their fifth album ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language‘.

Meanwhile, Sheeran is set to perform at the first fundraiser for the late Jamal Edwards.

Advertisement

TRENDING

Advertisement