The 1975's Matty Healy Apologizes to Ice Spice for Ethnicity Discussion During Podcast Appearance

"It's not because I'm annoyed that me joking got misconstrued; it's because I don't want Ice Spice to think I'm a dick"

Photo: Matty Healy by Markus Hillgärtner (right)

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Apr 21, 2023

Despite quitting social media (again) last week in an attempt to focus on being a "normal bloke," the 1975 frontman Matty Healy is still finding ways to stay on his mard.

Ice Spice was the target of the latest bit of shock and offence-inducing commentary from the carnivorous musician in a resurfaced February episode of former Cum Town host Adam Friedland's podcast, The Adam Friedland Show, for which the musician has now apologized.

The since-removed episode saw Healy tell Friedland and co-host Nick Mullen about how he once attempted to DM the Bronx rapper. This led to Friedland and Mullen attempting to guess Ice Spice's ethnicity, mocking a variety of accents along the way. Although Healy did not try on the Scottish, Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian accents himself, he laughed along with the hosts.

On stage in Auckland, the singer-songwriter addressed the situation in front of the crowd and offered an apology to Ice Spice, who had previously said that she's "obsessed" with the 1975.

"I just feel a bit bad, and I'm kind of a bit sorry if I've offended you," Healy said. "Ice Spice, I'm sorry. It's not because I'm annoyed that me joking got misconstrued; it's because I don't want Ice Spice to think I'm a dick. I love you, Ice Spice. I'm so sorry."

He continued, "I don't want anything like that misconstrued to be mean. I don't mind being a bit of a joker… It's okay for me to be, like, a trickster or whatever, but I don't want to be seen as, like, being barmy. Because honestly, I just love you guys, and I love doing this," he added, trailing off in thought about the implications of his own level of fame.

"The truth is it's a bit of a problem because I just want to say, 'Hello. This is a bit embarrassing. I'm sorry if I get it wrong. We all get it wrong.' I just have to do it in public and then apologize to Ice Spice," Healy explained. "My life's just a bit weird. I am genuinely sorry if I've upset her because I fucking love her."

Maybe to underscore his point somehow, the frontman proceeded to take off his shirt while the crowd screamed ravenously.

Check out a video of the apology attempt below. (Quick tip: actually taking accountability and not blaming people for being hurt by your words tends to help!)
 
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