Who Is Matty Healy’s Mum?
While you might assume that the standout star of The 1975‘s UK tour is frontman, Matty Healy, you’d be wrong. Maybe his best pal, Phoebe Bridgers, has been gaining attention in the audience? Nope! Perhaps Taylor Swift’s surprise appearance at The 1975’s o2 show on 12 Jan. made headlines? Well, yes, but there’s also another person who has been making fans hearts burst: Healy’s mum, Denise Welch. Yes, Welch of “Loose Women” and “Hollyoaks” fame, to name just a couple of her TV accolades.
Welch, who shares Healy with her ex-husband, “Benidorm” actor Tim Healy, has been supporting her son on tour and been having a damn good time while doing it. As Swift sung her first ever live performance of “Anti-hero” during The 1975 show, as well as a cover of the band’s song “The City”, after unexpectedly appearing on stage, Welch was not about to pass up the opportunity of bagging a photo. (And neither should she, remember Stormzy’s Swift selfie mission after the MTV EMAs last year?) Welch posted the photo, among a carousel of others including a selfie with Charlie XCX, along with the caption, “Oh what a night at a sold out 02. So proud I can’t even begin!!” Welch also posted a snap of her with Florence Welch, leading some to speculate they are also related. (Spoler alert: they’re not).
In addition to Welch’s own posts, fans have been sharing videos of her legendary presence. At The 1975’s Brighton show on 8 Jan., Welch stood in the production box in the centre of the arena as adoring fans cheered and clapped her attendance. One Twitter user, who posted the video, added the caption, “Denise Welch giving a Pope-esque address to The 1975 fans is frankly iconic behaviour.” Welch hilariously replied, “Don’t Cry for me Brighton”.
Welch also posted a video to her TikTok of her waving from a box like the Queen, adding “Thank you to my adoring fans!!!” More tweeted comments including, “someone said denise welch is the UK kris jenner”, while another commented on Healy’s more sexual on-stage antics, “i’d like to publicly apologise to denise welch and tim healy for making them watch their son suck my thumb last night.”
Thank you to my adoring fans!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Last August, Welch revealed on an episode of ITV’s “Loose Women” that The 1975’s song “She Lays Down” is written about her depression. “I told [Matt] when he was older that depression robbed me of the ability of love and I used to lay down on the bedroom floor and pray for the ability to love my children again,” she said, as per The Daily Mail.
In 2017, Healy checked into rehab after admitting he had a drug addiction. Welch, who also has 22-year-old actor son, Louis, said at the time, “I was very thrilled and proud that he told me about it — I was extremely proud of him for talking about it.” Now in recovery, the support of his family continues to shine. And we stan Welch for bringing June George from “Mean Girls” energy to The 1975 shows.