Inside Matt Healy's relationship history as Taylor Swift 'takes brutal swipe'

Inside Matt Healy's relationship history as Taylor Swift 'takes brutal swipe'

Taylor Swift's love life has always been a hot topic, and her latest album seems to have reignited the conversation. The American singer-songwriter, who split from British actor Joe Alwyn last year, shocked fans when she was spotted with The 1975 frontman Matty Healy shortly after.

Now, nearly a year later, Taylor has once again surprised her fans. Many had assumed that her 11th studio album, a double album titled 'The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology', would delve into the end of her six-year relationship with Joe.

However, it appears that Taylor's new music, released on Friday, focuses more on her brief fling with Matty, who is the eldest son of Loose Women star Denise Welch and Benidorm actor Tim Healy.

Taylor Swift and Matt Healy briefly dated in 2023
Taylor Swift and Matt Healy briefly dated in 2023 -Credit:Getty

In her song 'The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived', she sings: "You tried to buy some pills from a friend of friends of mine/ But they just ghosted you/ Now you know what it feels like." Fans believe these lyrics are a nod to her ex, Matty.

The song mentions a man in a "Jehovah's Witness suit" who was "rusting my sparkling summer". Given Matty's penchant for suits during performances and their believed breakup last summer, fans are convinced the song is about him.

Taylor's romantic escapades have been a hot topic for years, with her chart-topping tunes often hinting at past flames. Meanwhile, Matty Healy's love life is equally star-studded, reports the Mirror.

As fans dissect Taylor's latest lyrical masterpiece, OK! looks into the love life of The 1975's brooding frontman and his notable exes...

FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs paid tribute to Karl's love of ribbons
Matty dated FKA Twigs from 2020 to 2022 -Credit:Getty Images

Before he was linked to Taylor Swift, Matty had a fleeting but intense romance with British songstress FKA Twigs. Whispers of their liaison started swirling in 2020, and they swiftly confirmed the buzz by going Instagram official just before the world went into lockdown.

However, the summer of 2022 saw their love story end, with busy schedules pulling them apart.

"Sadly things haven't worked out. Those around them thought this was going to be it but it hasn't been the case," an insider revealed. "There was no massive row or fallout. When lockdown ended they both found themselves pulled in different directions with work commitments. The whole thing is still very raw and naturally she is upset but she's got her friends around her who are supporting her."

The 1975's catchy tune "I'm In Love With You" has fans buzzing that it might be a nod to Matty's time with FKA Twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Barnett. FKA Twigs' own dating roster includes names like Robert Pattinson, Shia LaBeouf, and she's currently seeing creative maestro Jordan Hemingway.


Matty Healy is also thought to have enjoyed a brief romance with singer, Halsey -Credit:Matt Baron/BEI/REX/Shutterstock

In 2015, rumours were rife that Matty and 'Without Me' singer Halsey were dating after she was spotted at one of The 1975's gigs. That same year, Halsey collaborated with Matty's band on their track Ghost, further fuelling the speculation.

However, it was soon revealed that the two had fallen out.

Halsey stated in 2016 that they were "not friends" with the 'It's Not Living' singer and subsequently accused The 1975 of "fake activism" in a since deleted tweet in 2018. The American artist welcomed her first child, a son, with ex-partner Alev Aydin in January 2021.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift and Natty rekindled their romance in 2023 but it was short-lived
Taylor Swift and Natty rekindled their romance in 2023 but it was short-lived -Credit:Getty

The internet went into a frenzy in May when it was revealed that Matty and Taylor Swift had taken their longstanding friendship to the next level and embarked on a romance. A source close to the Blank Space singer broke the news of the shock romance to The Sun: "She and Matty are madly in love. It's super-early days, but it feels right."

"They first dated, very briefly, almost ten years ago but timings just didn't work out. Taylor and Joe actually split up back in February, so there was absolutely no crossover."

They continued, adding that Taylor "couldn't wait" to reunite with the British singer and both were "massively proud and excited" for what the future held. Inside sources revealed that Taylor and Matty's romance blossomed after Matty's mum Denise Welch was seen cozying up to Taylor backstage at a gig earlier this year.

Loose Women's star Denise was snapping joyful pics with the lady who would soon become her son's lover in January, moments before Matty brought Taylor on a London stage to perform her hit Anti-Hero live for the first time.

Not long after, Matty and Taylor seemed to solidify rumours about their relationship as they were seen out together, hand in hand - but it was not meant to last, ending their relationship by Junes end. Her fans breathed a sigh of relief when Taylor parted ways with the provocative rock artist.

They had previously criticised her for dating such a polarising character.

Gabriella Bechtel

Matty is also thought to have romanced Gabriella Bechtel
Matty is also thought to have romanced Gabriella Bechtel -Credit:Getty

Following his brief dalliance with Taylor, Matty has found new love with Gabriella Bechtel, who already seems to fit right into his family. Known as Gabbriette, the punk rock band Nasty Cherry's lead vocalist, she's been linked romantically to Matty since the September of last year.

Meanwhile, Taylor is also in a celebrated relationship with Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce.

After the recent release of Taylor's album, Matty's aunt opened up about her opinion on how the famous young man will react to revisiting his past relationship with Taylor months after ending things. Debbie Dedes, Denise's sister, revealed "nothing surprises him anymore" when asked about Matty's feelings regarding The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology.

Debbie spilled the tea, saying: "He will not be surprised by the song. Him and her know what went on."

Noting Taylor's known track record of writing songs about exes, she added: "I don't think it will come as a shock to him at all."

She also told the Daily Mail Matty is presently in a "very happy" relationship with someone else. Debbie hinted they "know a bit more about what went on" with Taylor "than what's been reported in the media."