Taking a moment out of The 1975’s Monday night Hollywood Bowl concert, Matty Healy issued an updated apology, saying “some of my actions have hurt some people.”
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Some might recall Healy ignited a massive fire of hate for his appearance on an episode of The Adam Friedland Show earlier this year. The episode, which has since been removed from all platforms, featured racist jokes, with some pointed at Ice Spice.
Friedland poked fun at and even debated Ice’s ethnicity, before impersonating an Intuit and Chinese accent. While Healy didn’t actually participate in the mocking, he didn’t object and actually giggled along with Friedland comments.
Addressing the podcast, Healy expressed that he had “performed exaggerated versions” of himself on “other stages be in print or in one podcast… in an often misguided attempt to fulfill the kind of character role of the 21st-century rock star.”
“Because some of my actions have hurt some people, I apologize to those people, and I pledge to do better moving forward,” he went on to promise. “You see, as an artist, I want to create an environment for myself to perform where not everything that I do is taken literally.”
Ice Spice also recently mentioned to Variety that she was left “confused” by the comments said on the podcast. Revealing she’d been a fan of The 1975 since she was a teenager, however “when I had heard that little podcast or whatever, I was so confused. Because I heard ‘chubby Chinese lady’ or some shit like that, and I’m like, ‘Huh? What does that even mean?’ First of all, I’m thick. What do you mean Chinese? What?”
Noting that “they apologized or whatever,” Ice did convey that aside from the confusion, she never really put too much thought into controversial comments to begin with. “He apologized to me a bunch of times. We’re good.”
Healy concluded his on-stage apology by stating that “men would rather do offensive impressions for attention than go to therapy.” Which he followed up by reading an ad for the online therapy service BetterHelp.