The 1975‘s Matty Healy has opened up on his mental health battles, revealing that he spent time in rehab to battle a drug addiction.
The singer has confirmed that he undertook a stint in a Barbados rehab clinic – with the honest admission coming after he referenced his drug battles on comeback single ‘Give Yourself A Try’.
“When I went away to Barbados, I actually went to rehab. And I should have just said that because it makes me sound like I didn’t wanna say it, but I’ve been telling anybody who’ll fucking listen”, Healy told DIY Magazine.
“I went and worked with horses for seven weeks. I didn’t get dragged away to rehab, I was fucking exhausted and at the [risk] of being another statistic in that prescription drug opioid crisis that hit America, because that’s the way I dealt with things on tour. I loved going out on stage and talking to 12,000 people.
“I didn’t like going back to my hotel room and sitting on my own for another three hours and then being expected to go to bed when I wanted to, I don’t know, change culture or something ridiculously grandiose.”
Describing his desire to clean up ahead of recording the band’s third album, Healy admitted: “I knew that I wasn’t going to detox myself, so I went away and I got clean.
“I wasn’t going there to get straight edge, I didn’t have a drinking problem or anything else, I was just chemically dependent on a substance and I didn’t wanna make a record as a fucking junkie. Who wants to hear that?”
Last week, The 1975 returned with ‘Give Yourself A Try’, a song described by NME as “a return to their pop roots”.
“This is not quite the grandiose statement of intent for the future sound of pop in the way that ‘Love Me’ was the harbinger of the groundbreaking ‘I Like It When You Sleep…’, but a well-earned gift for their ardent fans and a peek into where the band are at right now. And it turns out, they’re dipping their toes back in the hybrid of Britpop, synthpop and boyband pop that informed their debut album”, NME’s official verdict stated.