Taylor Swift and Matty Healy: A Complete Timeline of Their Rumored Relationship
Either Taylor Swift and Matty Healy are dating or they’re having a marvelous time trolling their fans.
On May 3, less than a month after news broke that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn had ended their six-year relationship, The Sun reported that the 33-year-old pop star had moved on with the 34-year-old frontman of The 1975. Though many fans initially brushed off the claim that the singers are “madly in love,” it became a lot harder to ignore when Healy flew all the way from the Philippines to watch Swift perform in Nashville on May 5.
Following the initial shock, Swift’s fans went back into detective mode and even began speculating that Swift and Healy are exchanging romantic messages while on stage. So, how did we get here? From their rumored romance in 2014 to Healy’s Nashville takeover, here’s everything we know about Taylor Swift and Matty Healy’s rumored relationship.
November 2014: Healy and Swift meet after she attends one of his band’s shows in LA. “We exchanged numbers,” he tells the Australian radio show Shazam Top 20. “I mean, bloody hell, what am I going to do? Go out with Taylor Swift? She’s a sensation; I wouldn’t say no!” From there, both parties are seen wearing each other’s merch.
December 2014: Relationship rumors begin to surface but never seem to go anywhere.
March 2016: Healy says it would have been “emasculating” to date Swift. “She wasn’t a big impact on my life,” he said in an interview with Q magazine. “It’s just interesting to me how interested the world is about Taylor Swift. The reason I mention that is because if I had [properly] gone out with Taylor Swift, I would’ve been, ‘Fucking hell, I am not being Taylor Swift’s boyfriend. You know, ‘Fuck. That.’ That’s also a man thing, a demasculinating, emasculating thing.” Woof.
However, he later backtracked in a message to fans. “I have said on countless occasions that I found her to be one of the most gracious, hard-working, creatively gifted, and beautiful women that I have had the pleasure to meet,” he wrote, per Elle. “I personally have a lot of respect and admiration for her. Why would I not?”
November 2022: Healy revealed that he’d linked up with Swift for a Midnights collab that ultimately didn’t make the album “for reasons that are not to be criticized.” During his interview with KROQ’s Klein/Ally Show for Audacy’s DTS Sound Space, he added, “She’s amazing.”
January 12, 2023: Swift performs “Anti-Hero” live for the first time during a surprise appearance at The 1975’s show in London. She also sings a cover of their song “The City.”
April 8, 2023: Multiple publications report that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have broken up after six years together. Cheating rumors unrelated to Healy ensue, which you can read about here.
She'll never walk Cornelia Street again.
May 3, 2023: The Sun reports that Swift and Healy are dating. According to a source, Swift and Alwyn actually broke things off in February 2023, and Swift and Healy have since fallen in love over FaceTime. “She and Matty are madly in love. It’s super-early days, but it feels right. They first dated, very briefly, almost 10 years ago but timings just didn’t work out,” the source said. “Both Matty and Taylor have been touring over the past few weeks, so it’s been a lot of FaceTiming and texting but she cannot wait to see him again.”
May 4, 2023: Healy plays “She’s American” during a performance in the Philippines. “She sure is!” he allegedly told the crowd before singing the first verse. One fan tweeted, “Adding ‘She’s American’ back to the setlist right after the Taylor rumors is the funniest thing Matt Healy has ever done.”
During one of his shows in the Philippines, fans also noticed Healy mouth something like, “This one’s about you, you know who you are. I love you.” This will be important in a minute.
May 5, 2023: Matt Healy is seen dancing his heart out to “Shake It Off” during the first night of Swift’s Eras Tour run in Nashville.
Swift is also filmed mouthing what appears to be Healy’s exact message during her performance of “Cardigan.” What is going on?!
As one fan wrote on TikTok, “This is either a hilarious commitment to the bit, super romantic, or my worst nightmare!”
May 6, 2023: Healy not only attends Swift’s second Nashville show, but he also performs with Swift’s opener Phoebe Bridgers and her Boygenius bandmates.
Following the show, Swift and Healy were photographed in the back of a car on their way to her Nashville condo, per The Daily Mail.
May 8, 2023: Entertainment Tonight reports that sources close to the rumored couple confirm that they “like each other.” But do they like like each other??
In the same report, a separate source claims that Healy and Swift were “reconnected” by Swift’s longtime collaborator and friend Jack Antonoff. “Taylor and Matty have been hanging out recently and Jack Antonoff reconnected them,” the source told the outlet.
Days after the news of her breakup with Joe Alwyn went public, Swift was seen grabbing dinner with Antonoff and Antonoff's fiancée, Margaret Qualley. Could this dinner have been the genesis of Mattlor? (Tatty? What are we calling these two?) We’ll probably never know.
May 11, 2023: Swift and Healy are photographed holding hands while out to dinner in NYC with Jack Antonoff. An unnamed “eyewitness” told Page Six that Swift and Healy “sat next to each other at a banquette in the lounge” at Casa Cipriani and were seen “cuddling and kissing.”
May 12, 2023: Healy joins Bridgers on stage for the opening of Swift’s Eras Tour concert in Philadelphia. He’s later spotted enjoying Swift’s performance from the VIP tent with Sabrina Carpenter and Blake Lively.
A source tells Entertainment Tonight that Swift has fully “moved on” from Joe Alwyn and is “enjoying her time” with the 1975 frontman. “Taylor and Matty have known each other and have history, so there’s a comfortability factor there, but also feelings of excitement,” the source says.
May 15, 2023: Did he charm her dad with self-effacing jokes? Healy is in with Papa Swift, a huge endorsement. After making friends with her friends, Healy was spotted at one of Taylor’s Philly concerts hanging out with none other than Scott Swift, as captured by a fan in the crowd.
May 18, 2023: A source tells the Daily Mail that Alywn feels “feels slighted and is distraught” over his ex-girlfriend’s “budding relationship.”
According to the source, Alwyn is not happy she moved on from their relationship so soon, especially with someone she collaborated with while still dating Alwyn. “Joe was aware that Taylor and Matt were making music together and collaborating. She told him that they had become friends and he trusted her,” the source said, though they denied the relationships overlapped.
May 19, 2023: A source tells The Messenger that Swift and Healy “have been inseparable” since reconnecting through mutual friends. “Things moved very quickly and she was swept off her feet,” the source said, adding that Healy has met Swift’s family and “fits right in as if they have been dating for years.”
May 20, 2023: Just before singing “Question…?” during her performance at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Swift gave a rare update on how she’s been feeling. “Oh, my gosh, this is insane,” she said. “I kinda just feel like telling you, I don’t know, I’ve just never been this happy in my life in all aspects of my life ever before.”
She continued, “I don’t know, it’s not just the tour. I just sort of feel like my life feels like it finally makes sense. So, I thought I’d play this song, which brings me a lot of happy memories.”
All aspects of her life…not just the tour…? Hey, Taylor, can I ask you a question?
May 23, 2023: Taylor’s been spotted at Electric Lady Studios in NYC a lot, prompting speculation about her next album. Now, there’s a rumor that Healy is involved as more than just a muse. “It’s been decided that he will help her pen songs for her next album, and he might even provide some vocals if it works for the tracks,” a source told UK tabloid The Sun, adding, “Ideally, he would like a proper collab, with the whole band involved. That’s the only way Matty will ever appear on stage with her. He feels he has to earn it.”
A proper collab is for sure a Brit turn of phrase. So, his team’s leaking (probably, maybe). Of course, they want the Swift bump up the charts!
May 24, 2023: They’re spotted making out at Zero Bond in NYC while hanging with the usual clique of Kravitz, Antonoff, and Qualley. This is just hours after Swift announced a remix of “Karma” with Ice Spice and a new song called “You’re Losing Me” that miiiiiiight be about a certain recent breakup?
May 27, 2023: The Sun reports that Matty Healy is moving in with Taylor Swift to work on her next album. “He and Taylor are so loved up and want to spend as much time together as they can,” an “insider” told the publication. “Matty has already told the 1975 team that he’ll be doing all the band demos in America for the foreseeable. He will work on his parts for their collaboration while she is on tour and has scheduled time to attend select shows to gather inspiration for her next album.”
Obviously, this should be taken with a heavy grain of salt considering the source, but The Sun was the first to report the initial Swift-Healy dating rumors, so…do with that information what you will.
Regarding the current state of Swift and Healy’s relationship, The Sun’s source added, “Matty is Joe 2.0—her superstar status doesn’t faze him in the slightest.”
June 5, 2023: Over so soon?
TMZ reported on June 5 that Taylor Swift and Matty Healy have called it quits, just a little over a month after it was first reported that the two were dating. Quoting "a friend close to the situation,” the outlet reports that Blondie is once again “single.”
Though their relationship status has yet to be confirmed by either party (and likely won't be), Healy has already returned to his on-stage antics—particularly his tendency to make out with fans while on stage, a shtick he appeared to give up during his rumored romance with Taylor. Over the weekend in Denmark, the singer was photographed kissing a security guard mid-performance. Make of that what you will.
This post will be updated.
Originally Appeared on Glamour