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The 1975’s Matty Healy Kisses Male Fan During Dubai Concert as Protest

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 19: Matthew Healy of The 1975 performs at Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 19, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella)

The 1975 performed their first ever show in Dubai last night where, during their set, frontman Matty Healy went into the crowd and gave a hug and consensual kiss to a male fan who shouted “marry me” at the singer, according to Billboard. Afterwards, in fan-footage of the encounter, Healy is heard shouting to the crowd, “we’re all human, right?”

The United Arab Emirates have strict anti-LGBTQ laws that punish homosexuality with up to 10 years in prison. Healy knowingly broke that law in a sort of protest statement during the fan encounter. In a follow-up tweet from the singer, he wrote: ” I don’t think we’ll be allowed back due to my ‘behaviour’ but know that I love you and I wouldn’t have done anything differently given the chance again.” He later added, “but who knows maybe they will let me back in let’s just wait and see :)”

The 1975 are currently on tour behind their latest album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which was released last year. They recently debuted the new opener to their forthcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form. Check out fan-footage of the kiss below.