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Taylor Swift Reportedly Wasn’t Swayed by Matty Healy’s Controversies in Breakup Decision

Many of Taylor Swift’s fans had real concerns over Swift dating Matty Healy during their brief relationship due to The 1975 singer’s controversial remarks about Ice Spice, women, and more. But his public scandals did not cause the pair’s breakup or really affect Swift’s view of Healy all that much, a source tells People.

“He likes to provoke a response out of people,” the source said. “She’s a grown woman more than capable of forming her own opinions about people. No one forces her into anything, especially not these days. She’s on top of the world.”

Instead, a separate source characterized their romance to People as just a fling fizzling out. That source also hinted that she and Healy could pick up their romance again eventually—or not: “They were never boyfriend-girlfriend or exclusive and were always just having fun,” the source said. “There is no drama, and who knows what could happen again. It was a good time and ran its course.”

The source added that work is Swift’s biggest priority at the moment, and the split was as anti-climatic as two friends turned lovers saying hey, let’s just be pals again: “Taylor is doing great—her focus right now is her tour,” the source said. “Since Matty is touring too, they won’t be able to see each other at all. They have been friends for years and decided to just go back to being friends. Nothing complicated happened. It’s just life.”

Neither Swift nor Healy have commented on the split yet, although other sources have.

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Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.

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