Taylor Swift's rumored rocker boyfriend Matt Healy has slammed the pop star, insisting a relationship with her would have been "emasculating".
The 1975 frontman and Mean singer sparked speculation they had struck up a romance back in 2014, but both stars denied the gossip at the time, with Matt going so far as to describing the rumors "fake" and a "farce".
Nearly two years later, Matt has brought up the pairing once again, telling Q magazine the fanfare around the romance allegations were shocking.
"So the one time I did have a flirtation with a girl, it ends up going everywhere," he recalls. "I mean, I got on E! News and people were like, 'Who's Matt Healy?' so that was cool. But I didn't make a big deal out of it myself. It's not really anything to talk about, because if she wasn't Taylor Swift we wouldn't be talking about her. She wasn't a big impact on my life."
The British singer then went a step further and insisted any sort of high-profile relationship with the biggest pop star in the world wouldn't have been good for his ego.
"It's just interesting to me how interested the world is about Taylor Swift. The reason I mention that is because if I had properly gone out with Taylor Swift, I would've been, 'F**king hell, I am not being Taylor Swift's boyfriend. You know, 'F**k. That.' That's also a man thing, a de-masculinating, emasculating thing (sic)."
While Matt's flirtation with Taylor went nowhere, she did manage to find love with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris in 2015. The pair recently celebrated their one-year anniversary during a tropical beach getaway.