Fans of Taylor Swift are in a frenzy decoding the references in her latest album, The Tortured Poets Department. This is T-Swizzle’s eleventh studio album, released on April 19, 2024, by Republic Records. The songstress is famous for hiding secret messages about her past relationships in her music.

Taylor Swift in a cover story of The Tortured Poets Department
Taylor Swift- The Tortured Poets Department

Now, everyone is guessing which famous people she’s singing about this time around. Her long-term boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, seems to be a big focus in the album. However, many Swifties believe there are clues pointing to a brief relationship with Matty Healy.

The situation gained more attention when the lead singer of The 1975 finally addressed it. For those unfamiliar with the backstory, Swift was in a six-year relationship with the Hollywood actor, while her relationship with Healy was brief.

Matty Healy Breaks Silence on Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department Diss Song

The 1975 - Sincerity Is Scary
Matty Healy in The 1975 – Sincerity Is Scary

Belief is rife that a major portion of Taylor Swift‘s the album, The Tortured Poets Department, references her six-year relationship with ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn. However, Matty Healy has also been making headlines in the ‘who is this song about?’ drama lately.

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Swift and Healy were rumored to have had a brief fling after her reported split from Alwyn, and fans are convinced their short-lived romance finds its voice within a few tracks. Some fans think there might be a song that’s a bit negative about the 35-year-old hidden in the album.

But most people believe the songs are more about romance than anything else. For example, the song But Daddy I Love Him is seen by many as the Lover singer defending Healy, especially against fans who’ve been critical of him in the past.

Adding fuel to the fire, when recently questioned by paparazzi about the album and his supposed diss track, the Oh Caroline star offered a cryptic response. Initially confused, he replied, “I haven’t really listened to that much of it. But I’m sure it’s good.” 

The rumored relationship between The Swift and English singer was never confirmed by either of them, but fans got excited because of their sightings together and their activity on social media. They were spotted collaborating in studios, attending public events together, and Healy even appeared at a few stops on Swift’s tour (via People).

Fans’ Reaction to Matty Healy’s Response

Matty Healy
Matty Healy in a still from Love Me

While many fans are busy trying to decode the album’s messages, some are rallying around Matty Healy. His short-lived relationship with Taylor Swift put him in the spotlight, and some fans worry about the media attention he is getting because of it.

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Social media has been flooded with messages supporting Healy’s privacy, with fans telling paparazzi to “leave him alone” and wanting to protect him from too much attention. Check out some fan reactions:

The Tortured Poets Department is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.

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