Denise Welch says she’s ‘proud’ of The 1975’s Matty Healy for ‘telling his truth’ following his recent battle with heroin addiction

Healy checked into a rehab facility in Barbados in October 2017

Coronation Street‘s Denise Welch, the mother of The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, has spoken out about her son’s recent battle with heroin addiction, saying she’s “proud” of him for telling “his truth”. 

Healy previously revealed that he checked into a Barbados rehab clinic ahead of recording The 1975’s upcoming album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘ – with the honest admission coming after he referenced his drug battles on comeback single ‘Give Yourself A Try’.

Speaking in a new interview with Q, Healy said that heroin made him ‘a worse writer, person, friend, partner [and] son’.


“I just want to apologise to my mum,” he said. “You can’t be a parent and have that kind of thing [his drug addiction] out there and not think, “Well, why didn’t I… You think it’s your fault, d’you know what I mean? When it’s completely not.”

During her latest appearance on Loose Women, Welch discussed Healy’s issues. “It’s been a struggle because Matt has had issue with drugs, as you know and he’s 29 now,” she said. “Last year he realised he was in trouble, and I wasn’t seeing a great deal of him because he is on a world tour all the time.

Denise Welch and The 1975’s Matty Healy

“It felt I’ve lost my son to this other world so it’s not like I was witnessing the effect it was having on him. He told me when I was in LA last year that he was going to take himself off to rehab.”

She also spoke of the “shame and guilt” she felt about things the musician saw growing up, saying she she would “redo” parts of his childhood if she could. “So to hear he has had issues with drugs has been very difficult for me,” Welch said. “As a mum you do always look to yourself to see if there’s anything different you could have done.

“I was very thrilled and proud that he told me about it – I was extremely proud of him for talking about it. Matty has decided to publicly speak about it because the way he writes songs, he will be writing about his battle with drugs in there.”


She added: “I’m incredibly proud of him, he’s completely clean now… he’s a wonderful young man, a wonderful son and a wonderful brother – he’s coming back from LA this week and I can’t wait to see him. I’m very proud he’s decided to tell his truth.”

In 2016, Healy wrote ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It’ track ‘She Lays Down’ about Welch’s battle with post-natal depression.

In the interview, he also spoke of Mac Miller’s death. The late rapper passed away in September after he was found unresponsive at his San Fernando Valley home. He is believed to have died from an apparent overdose. He was 26 years old.

Healy said he knew Miller ‘a little bit’ after they met a festival in Australia in 2014, adding that the news of his death ‘really upset me.’

“It’s just sad, man. He was a good person. Incredibly talented,” he said.

The 1975 – Love It If We Made It video

Last month, Healy revealed how equine therapy helped him to beat his heroin habit.

“One of my therapists there asked did I want to do equine therapy,” he told NME. “And I thought, because I’m a very cynical English person who doesn’t believe in energy and vibes and is a sceptic at heart, I thought, fucking hell, what am I going to do? Stand next to a horse for two weeks?

“So I’m stood there, and the first day, to be honest, I am stood next to a horse, and I’m thinking, ‘What a fucking dickhead I am, stood with a horse thinking that I’m going to have a profound moment’. Then three days in, my therapist takes me into this round pen and tells me, ‘Breathe,’ shows me this thing where I’m spinning a rope near the horse, and he basically teaches me how to get the horse to trust me in about five minutes.”

Healy continued: “And when it happened, and the horse came up to me and put his thing next to me, and he was just with me for the whole day, feeling safer with me than not, it was the most profound experience I’ve ever had, because I just got it. In that time, and probably if I went back now, I cared a million times more in a human way about the approval of that horse than I did anybody else.”