Frontman opens up about battle with drugs
Andrew Trendell
10:27 1st November 2013

The 1975 frontman Matt Healy has confessed that he used to be addicted to cocaine, in a new interview where he opens up about his battle with drugs.

Talking to The Guardian, Healy spoke of the inspiration behind his lyrics - in particular the track 'Heart Out' which features the line: 'Your obsession with rocks and brown/ And fucking the whole town'.

"I wasn't a heroin addict – I never lost it to heroin – but I was a coke addict big-time," said Healy. "I was 18, I dabbled in everything. I wanted to be Jack Kerouac. I thought I was as decadent as all of that. I thought: the world will catch up. And that stems from this: I remember once, I was sat in front of the TV – I must have been about six – and my dad's mates are all welders. They were sat behind me watching a video of Michael Jackson. And they were expressing their opinions about how alien he was, how unrelatable he was. And I remember thinking to myself: 'Well, I'm a lot more like him than I am like you.'"

 Watch the video for 'Chocolate' by The 1975 below

Revealing how he plans to avoid the trap of drugs in the future, Healy joked that he had found new ways to spend his money: "I'm going to buy property, mate. When I get all my money that's coming soon, I'm gonna buy property. Probably the best way for me to go, cos if I don't I'll spend it all on drugs. And I'm not doing that again."

The band will return to the UK for a full tour in the new year. Full dates are below. They will be supported by The Neighbourhood, who The 1975 supported in America earlier this year.

January 6 - Manchester Academy
January 7 - Manchester Academy
January 8 - Manchester Academy
January 9 - Brixton Academy, London
January 10 - Brixton Academy, London
January 11 - Brixton Academy, London
February 7 - Glasgow O2 Academy
February 8 - Aberdeen Music Hall
February 10 - Newcastle O2 Academy
February 11 - Sheffield O2 Academy
February 12 - Birmingham O2 Academy
February 13 - Cardiff University Students Union
February 14 - Bournemouth O2 Academy
February 15 - Norwich UEA
February 17 - Belfast Ulster Hall  

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Below: Stunning photos of The 1975 live in Glasgow