Matty Healy Kissed A Male Fan In Dubai During A 1975 Gig
15 August 2019, 11:11 | Updated: 15 August 2019, 17:18
The 1975 frontman Matty Healy kissed a male fan in the crowd at his Dubai concert.
The 1975 are known to champion LGBTQ+ rights and last year donated to help set up London’s first LGBTQ+ Community Centre.
This week, the band played in Dubai, putting on an energetic show as always - with frontman Matty Healy interacting with his fans in the crowd.
Whilst performing their hit ‘Loving Someone’ during their final gig in the UAE city, Matty ran off stage and planted a kiss on a male fan’s lips after he asked him to marry him.
Footage from the event showed Matty first hugging the man, before kissing him – a moment which was met with loud cheers from the crowd.
Homosexuality is illegal in Dubai and punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
imagine getting to kiss matty healy... pic.twitter.com/i8hnskHzi2— jas🦌 (@jasminsivan) August 15, 2019
Matty has since tweeted about his time in the UAE, saying he’s now unsure he’ll even be allowed to return to the country.
He wrote: “Thank you Dubai you were so amazing. I don’t think we’ll be allowed back due to my ‘behaviour’ but know that I love you and I wouldn’t have done anything differently given the chance again.
“But who knows maybe they will let me back in let’s just wait and see :).”
Fans, who captured the moment on film, were quick to praise Matty for his actions. One person wrote: “Matty Healy kissing another man in an openly anti-lgbtq country… can you say legendary.”
Matty reportedly gave a speech about acceptance at the gig, too.
“Matty Healy really gave a speech about acceptance, played 'loving someone' (lgbt anthem), and went down to the crowd and kissed a guy on his lips after he asked matty to marry him all in dubai where being gay is illegal,” tweeted another fan.
“Yeah I don’t care about any other stans anymore tbh Matt Healy is my #1 now,” wrote a third.
matty healy really gave a speech about acceptance, played "loving someone" (lgbt anthem), and went down to the crowd and kissed a guy on his lips after he asked matty to marry him all in dubai where being gay is illegal pic.twitter.com/B48fkbO9hp— s. (@karlasrosie) August 14, 2019
NOT TO MENTION MR MATTY HEALY KISSED A GUY IN A COUNTRY WHERE HOMOSEXUALITY IS ILLEGAL!!!! pic.twitter.com/nYiP12mYaX— REN D (@renjunTAT) August 14, 2019
However, others are calling Healy "inconsiderate" for kissing the male fan, given the harsh repercussions.
People are being urged to delete any footage and images of the fan in question, in order to protect his identity.