The 1975's Matty Healy criticised for bizarre 'age check' before kissing fan
"You better be 16!"
Matty Healy has been labelled 'creepy' and 'unsettling' after he carried out an 'age check' on a fan before deciding to kiss them during a gig.
The 33-year-old singer had been performing in Minneapolis, US, last week as a part of The 1975's tour when he noticed a sign from a fan asking for him to be her "first kiss."
TikTok user Iwani shared a clip on the social media platform of the moment that Healy stops mid-show to make the fan's dream come true.
But before doing so, he can be seen checking the woman's ID as it's held by one of the security staff.
A separate clip shows the 1975 frontman telling her: "You better now be f***ing 16."
@iwanionline #the1975 AT THEIR VERY BEST IN MINNEAPOLIS ? #the1975 #mattyhealt #robbers #kiss #1975concert ♬ Robbers - The 1975
She then tells him she has the identification to prove she's 22 years old.
Following the age check, he jumps off the stage towards the fan and asks: "Are you ready? Are you ready for your first kiss?"
After an enthusiastic "yes", he duly obliges.
@iwanionline ♬ original sound - iwani
But some were left unsettled by the whole interaction, and called out Healy for the kiss.
"If you need to ID someone before kissing them then don't kiss them," wrote one Twitter user.
Another said: "How old are they? When I was younger this was a dream for sure, and I'm happy for them, but at this point the ethics of this situation scares me"
A third added: "I've never been to a single concert where someone in the band comes down and makes out with a random audience member and I've been to over 100 different shows (including Gwar where they spill blood on everyone).
"Why on earth are some you saying this isn't weird?"
matty healy is so desperate for the world to see him as an edgy rockstar but he’ll always just be the son of denise welch from loose women
— Joe (@dealzjr) December 17, 2022
In the comments section under the video on TikTok, many echoed these sentiments, including one person who described it as the "most unsettling thing I’ve ever seen."
A second said there is "something just a little creepy about this," while a third added: "I can’t defend this man anymore."
Not everyone was so disturbed by the kiss though, with some fans defending the singer.
"Maybe he was checking her ID to make sure she wasn't lying about being 22, y'all are so annoying," said one.
Another wrote: "I don’t understand the problem everyone has with this? not only did he confirm she was of age but also asked her consent before the kiss."