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Taylor Swift fans spot subtle nod to Matty Healy during Eras Tour

Taylor Swift fans spot subtle nod to Matty Healy during Eras Tour

Fans are obsessing over viral crowd footage showing side-by-side comparison clips of Taylor Swift and Matty Healy

Swifties all over have been sent into overdrive ever since Taylor Swift, 34, dropped her eagerly-anticipated albu, The Tortured Poets Department, last month (19 April).

Since the album's release, which treated listeners to a hefty two hours of listening materials with an additional surprise album and 31 songs, it's clear there's a few tracks in particular that have really caught the attention of fans.

And fans are hellbent on believing that a few of Taylor's songs are inspired by The 1975 frontman, Matty Healy, 35.

In particular, they think that 'The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived', 'loml' 'But Daddy I Love Him', 'Fresh Out the Slammer', 'The Black Dog' and 'My Boy Only Breaks His Favourite Toys' all reference Matty in some way.

And now, hawk-eyed Swifties reckon they've spotted a subtle nod to Matty during Taylor's Eras Tour.

During a show for the very first time, she performed 'The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived', the 'Cruel Summer' hit-maker could be seen marching and then doing a salute on stage.

And fans couldn't help but draw comparisons to the salute with The 1975's performance of 'Love It If We Made It', which also saw Matty marching on stage before doing a salute.

Both Matty Healy and Taylor Swift have marched and done a salute on stage. (TikTok/@crystalcandidshelton)
Both Matty Healy and Taylor Swift have marched and done a salute on stage. (TikTok/@crystalcandidshelton)

It is unclear if the salute was intentional or just simply a matter of coincidence.

However, they've since rushed to social media to share their speculations, commenting on side-by-side clips showing the two performances, with one TikTok user writing: "I gasped when i saw it!!"

"I noticed instantly! Why is no one talking about this?!" hit out second.

A third piped up: "I noticed this RIGHT away too omg!"

"I immediately caught that. Such a DIRECT call out. He does it every performance of liiwmi [Love It If We Made It]," claimed a fourth while a fifth agreed: "Well this settles who it’s about."

Fans reckon Taylor's salute was a nod to The 1975 frontman. (TikTok/@crystalcandidshelton)
Fans reckon Taylor's salute was a nod to The 1975 frontman. (TikTok/@crystalcandidshelton)

A sixth praised: "I knew the salute meant something. Thank you for this!"

"YES FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT," gushed another while an eighth wondered: "I’m sure Matty will know about this song now."

However, it's clear that not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon with a final TikTok user adding: "Y'all really reaching."

While some suggested that it more so reminded them of 'The Black Parade' by My Chemical Romance.

Tyla have contacted Swift and Healy's reps for comment.

The Tortured Poets Department songs Swifties think reference Matty Healy

'The Tortured Poets Department'

Swift sings: “You left your typewriter at my apartment / Straight from the Tortured Poets Department / I think some things I never say / Like, ‘Who uses typewriters anyway?’”

Healy previously admitted he 'really likes' typewriters in a 2018 GQ interview.

'Guilty as Sin?'

Swift sings: "Drowning in the Blue Nile / He sent me 'Downtown Lights'."

Healy is known to be a fan of Scottish band The Blue Nile, and 'Downtown Lights' even inspired a The 1975 song.

'But Daddy I Love Him'

This one seems to take aim at Swift's fans, who continually pleaded with her to break up with Healy during the brief time she dated him.

At one point she sings: God save the most judgmental creeps / Who say they want what's best for me / Sanctimoniously performing soliloquies I’ll never see / Thinking it can change the beat of my heart when he touches me."

Tell us how you really feel.

'The Black Dog'

Swift sings: "I just don't understand how you don't miss me / In The Black Dog when someone plays The Starting Line / And you jump up, but she's too young / To know this song / That was intertwined in the magic fabric of our dreaming."

Healy is a fan of The Starting Line, and covered the band's song 'The Best of Me' during gigs in April and May 2023, just days before he and Swift were snapped holding hands.

'The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived'

One fan called this 'the most brutal song I've ever heard' - the title says it all, really.

The opening reference to a man in a 'Jehovah's Witness suit' seems to be a dig at how Healy dresses on stage.

Featured Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management/Barry Brecheisen/WireImage

Topics: Taylor Swift, Celebrity, Music, TikTok