1975 frontman Matty Healy is speaking out again about a recent controversy surrounding his participation in inappropriate comments about rapper Ice Spice.
The singer received a stir on social media after an interview in February The Adam Friedland Show. At the time, the show’s host brought up that Ice Spice had said she was a fan of the band. But the host made fun of the “Princess Diana” rapper, saying she sounds like an “Inuit Spice Girl” and a “chubby Chinese lady.”
During the podcast episode, which has since been removed from Apple and Spotify, Healy laughed and engaged in conversation with the host as they continued to mock accents of people of Chinese and Hawaiian descent, as well as comments about the singer slipping into Ice Spice’s DMs.
Billboard reported that Healy later apologized somewhat for joining the conversation at a 1975 concert in New Zealand. “I just feel a little bad, and I’m a little sorry if I offended you,” he said on stage at the time. Ice Spice, I’m sorry. It’s not because I’m annoyed that my joke was taken the wrong way. It’s because I don’t want Ice Spice to think I’m a dick. I love you Ice Spice. I’m very sorry. I don’t want it to be misinterpreted as mean. I don’t mind being a bit of a prankster… but I’m genuinely sorry if I upset them because I fucking love them.”
Now, during an interview with The New Yorker, Published online Monday, the 1975 singer says the whole controversy “doesn’t matter.”
“Nobody’s slumped over there at night at their computer, and their friend comes over and says, ‘What’s up, honey?’ and they say, ‘It’s just that thing with Matty Healy,'” he said. “That’s not happening.”
Healy then responded to fans who claimed to be offended by his past comments, saying, “You have been misled or you are, sorry, a liar. You either lie or you’re hurt, or you’re a little mental because you’re hurt. It’s just people saying, ‘Oh, there’s a bad thing there, let me get as close as I can so you can see how good I am.’ And I actually want them to do that because they’re demonstrating something that’s so basic.