During The 1975’s performance at the Hollywood Bowl, the musician said, “Men would rather do offensive impressions for attention then go to therapy,”
Matty Healy, who issued a non-apology earlier this year after laughing about racist and derogatory remarks about Ice Spice on the Adam Freidland Show in February, went on stage during The 1975’s performance at the Hollywood Bowl to apologize for his actions that “have hurt some people” before acting out a therapy ad.
“I think it is important to take inventory of yourself. So you become aware when your intentions and your actions don’t align. So, because some of my actions have hurt some people, I apologize those people and I pledge to be better moving forward,” Healy addressed the audience on Monday night.
Matt Healy took a moment at his Hollywood Bowl show to apologize to the people he has hurt with his actions and pledges to "do better" pic.twitter.com/bCRUMcWNHC
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 3, 2023
The musician, who has a history of apologizing and clarifying, continued, “But I think it’s also important I express my intentions, so everybody knows that there is no ill will coming me. You see, as a artist, I want to create an environment for myself to perform where not everything that I do is taken, literally.”
In response to the comments on the show, Healy said that he has “performed exaggerated versions” of himself on “other stages be in print or in one podcast,” and that it was often a misguided attempt to fulfill the “character role of the 21st century Rockstar.”
He continued, “You can probably also say that men would rather do offensive impressions for attention then go to therapy.” But as cue cards were delivered to him on stage and a banner ad showed on a huge screen near the end, Healy appeared to spout forth an advertisement for the online counseling service BetterHelp.
The musician has previously turned to his claims of misguided intentions and his incapacity as a grown man to restrain his “excitement.” During an outdoor event in London’s Finsbury Park in July, he used the opportunity to address the recent reaction.“I was always trying stuff. And some stuff I got right and some stuff I got wrong,” he said before continuing, “What I mean is that I really am only doing this because I want to make you guys laugh and feel good. That’s what my favorite art does and that’s what I’m trying to do. I get a bit excited.”
Ice Spice opened up about the bizarre contact with the vocalist in a recent interview with Variety, revealing that he apologized to her “a bunch of times.” The rapper seems unconcerned by Healy’s attempts to elicit a response out of people, instead focusing on her growing career. “Sometimes I just wake up and I’m like, ‘I’ma text Taylor’ or ‘I’ma text Nicki.’ And then they be answering, and I’m like, ‘Wow, that really makes me feel like that girl, for real,’” she added. “Them supporting me and just encouraging me gives me all the motivation I need.”
Last month, Healy told an audience in Sacramento that The 1975 will be taking an “indefinite hiatus of shows” following the end of the Still… The At Their Finest tour. He then clarified, during yet another event in San Jose, that it was not a breakup.