Matty Healy Reveals That The 1975 Turned Ed Sheeran's Tour Down

14 September 2022, 12:00

The 1975 turned Ed Sheeran down
The 1975 turned Ed Sheeran down. Picture: Getty/Alamy

By Savannah Roberts

Matty Healy explains why The 1975 didn't tour with Ed Sheeran as the band "just wanted to do our own shows instead".

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Matty Healy has candidly opened up about The 1975's decision to turn down the chance to support Ed Sheeran on tour.

The frontman revealed in a recent interview with The New York Times that the pop rock band rejected a lucrative deal to open for the 'Shivers' mega-star.

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He revealed to the publication that The 1975 were "offered a four-month tour next year of stadiums with the biggest singer-songwriter in the world" – he did not initially name Sheeran in the interview.

Matty said that the deal would "have made me money that I’ve never even seen or heard of in my life”.

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The 1975 "wanted to do our own shows"
The 1975 "wanted to do our own shows". Picture: The 1975/Instagram

The interviewer asked Matty if he was referring to Ed, to which he replied: "Yeah. And I got offered to be the main support and do whatever I want.

Before delving into why The 1975 opted out of the opportunity, the star delivered a caveat: "I don’t know how you can write this up without it being rude or inappropriate."

"Think about the money you think I’m getting offered – it’s not just offered," he continued, "it’s what he can afford because of what he makes for shows – and then just triple it. It’s insane.”

After the revelation, the 'Happiness' singer took to Twitter to further explain the band's decision to walk away from the career-changing move.

Ed Sheeran offered a coveted tour spot to the 1975
Ed Sheeran offered a coveted tour spot to the 1975. Picture: Getty

“Just to be clear I have mad respect for Ed Sheeran and I didn’t decline sharing a stage with him I just wanted to do our own shows instead," the 33-year-old musician cleared up.

He instantly put any drama rumours to rest: "He’s always been so nice to me personally and publically so don’t start a twitter thing for fun."

In The New York Times feature, Matty continued to explain how he comes to his career decisions, saying: "I tend to say no to stuff for money."

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