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The 1975's Matty Healy on turning down Ed Sheeran tour: "I just wanted to do our own shows instead"

13 September 2022, 11:40 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Matty Healy of The 1975 has addressed reports that he turned down an offer to support Ed Sheeran on tour, saying he "just wanted to do our own shows instead".

Last week it was reported that The 1975 had turned down an offer to open for Ed Sheeran on his tour, and on Twitter last night (12 September) lead vocalist Matty Healy addressed the reports, saying he has "mad respect for Ed Sheeran" and "just wanted to do our own shows instead".

Healy wrote, "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 so don’t start a twitter thing for fun."

Prior to addressing the reports on Twitter, Healy told the New Yorker (via Uproxx), that he "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."

When asked if it was a support slot for Ed Sheeran, 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. 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."

Earlier this month Healy shut down rumours that The 1975 would be featured on Taylor Swift's Midnights album.

The 1975's Being Funny in a Foreign Language album will arrive on 14 October via Dirty Hit, and is available to pre-order now

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