Well, it's happening... or is it? Taylor Swift and Matty Healy of The 1975 have been sparking romance rumors for years, but it seems like the two might be on the fast track to love. (TBH, we have some mixed feelings.) The pair have a lot in common: they're musicians, they're good friends with producer Jack Antonoff, and — oh! We can't forget to add that Healy is British, making him 100% Swift's type.
Healy, like her ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn, is a "London Boy," born in Swift's favorite city in 1989 (easter egg, anyone?). The evidence presented that the pair is moving quickly from friends to lovers is certainly… compelling.
Before we continue, we want to provide a gentle reminder that dating rumors should always be taken with a massive grain of salt, especially when they're attributed to anonymous sources and not the celebrities or their reps. Until we hear it from Swift or Healy themselves, this is all just speculation. But boy, is there speculation — and paparazzi pics, and TikToks aplenty. Let's revisit the ups and downs of Swift and Healy's potential love story with their complete relationship timeline.
November 2014: Swift wears a 1975 tour tee and gives Healy her number.
Swift and Healy have been subject to romantic gossip for nearly a decade; back in 2014, fans thought there was something going on between the two when Swift was spotted at a 1975 show in Los Angeles and was later snapped in a tour tee. Healy later returned the favor and hit the stage in a 1989 tee and confirmed that Swift did give him her phone number.
January 2015: Healy shoots down dating rumors.
However, it appeared that Healy didn’t actually use Swift’s number to set up a date. He told an interviewer that there was nothing romantically going on between them. "We met each other, we exchanged numbers in the same way that a lot of people in this kind of world do, and we spoke occasionally," Healy said at the time. "She's the biggest pop star in the world and I'm in Australia. There's no relationship or anything happening. It's just funny how people really, really buy into that."
March 2016: Healy calls his relationship with Swift “a flirtation.”
In a rather… polarizing interview from 2016 where he said dating Swift would be “emasculating,” Healy dismissed the relationship rumors as nothing more than a “flirtation” between the two. “I don’t do anything else, right, so it doesn’t leave a lot of room for me going out, or shagging someone,” he said at the time. “So the one time I did have a flirtation with a girl it ends up going everywhere… I mean, I got on E! News and people were like, ‘Who’s Matt Healy?’ so that was cool.”
“It’s not really anything to talk about, because if she wasn’t Taylor Swift we wouldn’t be talking about her," Healy continued. "She wasn’t a big impact on my life. It’s just interesting to me how interested the world is about Taylor Swift.” Yes, very interesting, indeed.
November 29, 2022: Healy says The 1975 collaborated on Midnights.
While they may not have dated in the 2010s, the two clearly stayed in touch over the years. Fast forward to 2022, when Healy shared that he and his bandmates teamed up with Swift for her tenth studio album Midnights, but the songs they worked on remain in the revered Taylor Swift vault. "We actually worked a bit on that but then the version of it never came out," Healy explained. "It was for reasons that are not to be criticized. She's amazing."
January 12, 2023: Swift joins The 1975 onstage in London.
1975 fans got the thrill of a lifetime when Swift sauntered onstage at the band’s January 12 show in London to perform their song “The City” and her song “Anti-Hero” on acoustic guitar.