Denise Welch has given a rare insight into her relationship with son Matt Healy, admitting she feels like she’s lost The 1975 singer to fame while reflecting on his well-documented struggles with drug addiction.
Matt, 29, spent seven weeks at a residential rehabilitation facility in Barbados, where equine therapy helped him overcome a growing dependence on heroin following an extensive tour with the band in 2017.
And Denise, 60, admits she felt guilt and shame because the talented songwriter’s issues reflected her past battles with depression, alcohol and substance abuse.
Opening up: Denise Welch has given a rare insight into son Matt Healy’s substance abuse issues as the singer prepares to release his third album with The 1975’Last year he realized he was in trouble and I wasn’t seeing a great deal of him because he was on a world tour,’ she told Monday’s edition of Loose Women.
‘Although success for 1975 has been wonderful, it’s been hard for me because I felt I’ve lost my son.’I went to Los Angeles to visit him and he told me last year he was going to take himself to rehab and he needed help with addiction.
It was hard but I was thrilled and touched he told me, I was extremely proud he told me.’
Recovery: Matt, 29, spent seven weeks at a residential rehabilitation facility in Barbados, where equine therapy helped him overcome a growing dependence on heroin following an extensive tour with the band in 2017 The former Coronation Street star has previously spoken about her own problems with drugs and alcohol – issues previously documented by Matt on biographical The 1975 track She Lays Down.
And she admits to feeling responsible because her issues resulted in Matt having a different upbringing to the one youngest son Louis, 17, has enjoyed with Denise and her second husband, millionaire artist Lincoln Townley.
‘I’ve had issues with drugs in the past,’ she explained. ‘My 17 year old has grown up in a sober household, but I do have shame about some of the things Matt has had to see.
Looking back: Denise, 60, admits she was thrilled after the talented songwriter – the oldest of her two children with actor Tim Healy – voluntarily admitted himself to the exclusive Caribbean retreat
Difficulties: The former Coronation Street star has previously spoken about her own struggles with depression, substance and alcohol abuse’I’m not saying I was staggering around with a bottle of vodka in hand, but if I could redo parts of Matty’s childhood I would do that’She added: ‘As a mum you do look to yourself to see if there was anything you could have done.
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‘Guilt and shame are very different. We all have guilt, women have more conditioned guilt as working parents. Shame is different – it’s something I have to deal with.’
Guilt: Denise admits to feeling responsible because her reckless past resulted in Matt having a different upbringing to the one youngest Louis, 17, has had.
The presenter, who has overcome her own struggles with alcohol and substance abuse, now lives a sedate life with her second husband, millionaire artist Lincoln Townley.
Matt will touch on his struggles with drug addiction – most notably on latest single It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) – when The 1975 release new album A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships on November 30.
It will be the first in a sprawling two-album project by the band, who aim to follow it up with the release of nighttime themed Notes On A Conditional Form next March.
Reflecting on their popularity, Denise concedes the undeniable success of The 1975 since their emergence in 2012 might not have happened had it not been for Matt’s dysfunctional upbringing.
‘As he said, if his upbringing hadn’t been a little bit rock ‘n’ roll The 1975 would never have existed,’ she admitted. ‘If he’d been the product of a life with Lincoln and me, he wouldn’t have been in the band because we’re in bed with a crumpet and the TV by half nine.’