Denise Welch, Matty Healy's Mum, Has Finally Spoken Out About Taylor Swift's New Album

The Tortured Poets Department review we've all been waiting for is here.
Denise Welch in the Loose Women studio
Denise Welch in the Loose Women studio
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While many Swifties were left feeling rather conflicted by their idol’s widely-rumoured romance with Matty Healy last year, for Loose Women viewers it was a rather different story – namely due to the irresistible idea of Denise Welch one day becoming Taylor Swift’s mother-in-law.

Taylor and Matty reportedly dated for a short period in 2023, which appears to have inspired most of her 11th studio album The Tortured Poets Department, released last week.

During Thursday’s edition of Loose Women, Denise was put on the spot by fellow panellist Nadia Sawalha, who questioned whether the former Coronation Street star had heard any of Taylor’s new material.

I wasn’t aware she had an album out at all,” Denise responded, prompting big laughs from the studio audience. “I haven’t heard anything about it.”

“Anyway,” she added. “I wish her all the best.”

Taylor Swift on stage in Australia earlier this year
Taylor Swift on stage in Australia earlier this year
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Denise’s comments come after her son, The 1975 frontman Matty, also faced an impromptu grilling from a paparazzo about The Tortured Poets Department.

He claimed: “I haven’t really listened to that much of it. But I’m sure it’s good.”

A number of songs on The Tortured Poets Department, including lead single Fortnight, Fresh Out The Slammer and The Black Dog, are widely considered to be inspired by Matty – but he isn’t the only one who appears to have been referenced on the 31-track release.

Stand-out album cut So Long London is thought to be inspired by Taylor’s break-up from her ex of six years, British actor Joe Alwyn, while thanK you aIMee alludes to the singer’s long-held feud with reality star Kim Kardashian.

Taylor even appears to have written about some of her more overzealous fans’ reactions to her divisive relationship with Matty on the song But Daddy I Love Him.


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