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Digital Subscriptions > Attitude > January 2020 > It’s in his kiss

It’s in his kiss

The 1975’s Matty Healy sealed his place as a true ally when he snogged a male fan during a concert in homophobic Dubai. He tells Thomas Stichbury about growing up surrounded by gay men, his drag granddad and standing against bigotry and hate
Matty wears tank top, by Versace, leather trousers, by Berluti, necklace and rings (throughout), by Slim Barrett
Photography James Anastasi Creative direction Joseph Kocharian Fashion Patricia Villirillo

isibly squirming before my eyes, Matty Healy springs to the back of the armchair he’s sitting on, yanks his feet up and pulls his knees close to his chest, curling into a foetal-like position. “Nah,” he mutters, face scrunched. “Is that how they do it?”

I’ve just explained to The 1975 front-man what “tucking” is, detailing the ins and outs (literally) of doing drag, and Matty isn’t sweet on the idea of having to poke your balls back inside yourself.

“I’ve done it by accident and it makes me fucking ill,” he grimaces.

The conversation has turned to testicles and the art of scrotum-smushing (top tip: use warm water) after Matty mentions that he is a die-hard fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. “My favourite queen is probably [season 10 winner] Aquaria, maybe because I fancy her a bit,” he says. “I [also] like a lot of the queens who come from the back, the ones you don’t really think are going to do well.”

Who doesn’t like a queen who comes from the back…

Mama Ru, if you’re reading this (and why wouldn’t you be?), Matty would love to sashay on to the UK version of the show as a guest judge. “Ru, please, I’ll be there in a heartbeat,” he vows.

“I’d have to fight offmy mum [Loose Women and former Coronation Street star Denise Welch]. She’d be so furious if I was a judge before her.”

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