Taylor Swift fans are experiencing a whirlwind of emotions as recent photographs emerged showing her holding hands with Matty Healy, the frontman of the band 1975.
This public sighting marks the first time the rumored couple has been seen together since reports of their dating surfaced.
The images have undoubtedly stirred up a range of reactions among fans of the Anti-Hero singer.
Earlier this month, The Sun initially broke the news about Taylor and Matty’s alleged secret romance.
According to a supposed insider close to Taylor, the pair are deeply in love. Since then, Matty has been spotted in the audience of Taylor’s Eras tour and even joined her on stage during a performance with her friend and collaborator Phoebe Bridgers in Nashville.
taylor swift and matty healy were seen holding hands i actually cant do this anymore pic.twitter.com/ttWofsFWl5
— ZERO (@CEDR1CZ) May 12, 2023
However, it was on Thursday evening that things took a more significant turn when a viral photo on Twitter captured Taylor and Matty holding hands at a party.
taylor swift spotted… holding hands with matty healy pic.twitter.com/cf20waJTK7
— mena🛰️✨ (@cinemaharryyy) May 12, 2023
The accompanying tweet claimed that the image was taken by a Swiftie’s dad just minutes before and shared within their group chat.
taylor swift and matty healy holding hands. 💔 come back joe pic.twitter.com/zKncdkCGQ9
— miley is a complete mess (taylor’s version) (@5Secnds0fSwift) May 12, 2023
The photographs have ignited a strong response online, as not all Swifties are equally thrilled about their idol’s reported relationship with the 1975 frontman. The divisive nature of the news has spurred a lively discussion among fans.
the swiftie dad texting his daughter the matty taylor photos pic.twitter.com/miziELOPOk
— Annie 😘😘😘 26 (@pickedthepetals) May 12, 2023
When contacted about the romance rumors, a representative for Matty Healy declined to comment, while Taylor Swift’s representatives remained silent on the matter.
me when i saw the picture of taylor swift and matty healy holding hands pic.twitter.com/Zpo8DgtQnA
— colleen TODAY (@floatinoutside) May 11, 2023
It is worth noting that Taylor and Matty have been friends for several years, as demonstrated by Taylor’s surprise guest performance during The 1975’s show at London’s O2 Arena in January of this year. The rumored relationship between Taylor and the Sincerity Is Scary singer comes on the heels of reports suggesting that Taylor and her longtime boyfriend of six years, actor Joe Alwyn, called it quits earlier this year.
Matty previously dated fellow singer FKA Twigs for approximately three years until their separation in June 2022.