Ryan Reynolds Has Seemingly Given Matty Healy His Seal Of Approval As Taylor Swift’s Fans Share Their Disappointment At Her New Relationship

    Ryan’s sneaky nod of approval comes just months after he penned a gushing tribute to Taylor’s ex Joe Alwyn.

    Last month, it was revealed that Taylor Swift had quietly ended her relationship with Joe Alwyn after six and a half years together.

    Taylor and Joe sitting at a table with a bottle of champagne in front of them

    Less than four weeks later, British tabloid the Sun reported that she had moved on with the 1975 lead singer Matty Healy, whom she was briefly linked to in 2014 and has been good friends with for years.

    Matty onstage

    A source told the publication, “She and Matty are madly in love. It’s super-early days, but it feels right. They first dated, very briefly, almost 10 years ago, but timings just didn’t work out.”

    Taylor with Nick Grimshaw and Matty

    They added, “They are both massively proud and excited about this relationship, and unlike Taylor’s last one — which was very much kept out of the spotlight, deliberately — she wants to ‘own’ this romance, and not hide it away.”

    Taylor at a microphone

    While some fans questioned how true the claims were, Matty was spotted in the VIP tent at all three of Taylor’s recent Nashville dates of her Eras Tour. Here, he seemed to be warmly welcomed by one of her best friends, Gigi Hadid, and even performed with Taylor’s opening act, Phoebe Bridgers, on the second night.

    Taylor and Phoebe

    Entertainment Tonight later reported that Matty and Taylor’s mutual collaborator, Jack Antonoff, was the one who “reconnected” them. An insider added at the time, “Taylor has a crush on Matty, and they are having a good time hanging out. Matty also thinks Taylor is awesome and incredibly talented, too."

    Jack and Matty

    And on Thursday, Taylor and Matty seemingly confirmed the rumors when they were pictured holding hands at New York City’s members-only venue Casa Cipriani.

    Taylor in a furry wrap and spaghetti-strap outfit

    Photos of the two looking cozy — with Jack also in the shot — were taken by the dad of one of Taylor’s fans and shared to social media alongside this caption: “a swifties dad took this picture just a couple minutes ago and she sent this in our group chat. matty and taylor are together- confirmed!!”


    A source told Page Six that Matty and Taylor “sat next to each other at a banquette in the lounge” and were seen “kissing.”

    Matty in a suit and tie

    The new photos have caused upset among Taylor’s fans, who have expressed their disappointment at her aligning herself with Matty, who has a history of incredibly problematic behavior.


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    In January of this year, the British star appeared to do a Nazi salute while onstage, and he has been accused on multiple occasions of Islamophobia and antisemitism.


    In February, a podcast that Matty appeared on was removed from Spotify and Apple Music because of its highly offensive content, which included racist comments about the musician Ice Spice.

    Ice Spice looking over her shoulder

    He has also been accused of misogyny over the years despite insisting that he is a feminist, and in 2016 he said that it would be “emasculating” to date Taylor.

    Matty holding a microphone and a wine glass

    “I’m sorry but it’s not like he’s just annoying he’s actually awful and her dating him makes me really question her own morals to associate with someone like him,” one Swiftie tweeted in response to the new photo.


    Another shared their reaction to the news with these text messages: “taylor alison swift just got way more fascinating” and “her moral compass truly shuts off for men.”


    But one person who has seemingly given Taylor’s new man his seal of approval is her close friend Ryan Reynolds.

    Ryan, Blake Lively, and Taylor

    Just hours before the new photos emerged online, the Hollywood actor took to his Instagram story to share a selfie with a subtle reference to Matty.

    Matty onstage with a bottle and a cigarette

    The star added the 1975’s hit song “Chocolate” to the post. He also added the words “Zoom Zoom” as a caption on his forehead, which could be a private joke.

    Ryan's IG story screenshot

    While Ryan hasn’t explicitly mentioned Matty, his choice to post the 2013 song is unlikely to be a coincidence — especially since he has a track record of embracing Taylor’s love interests.

    Blake sitting in Ryan's lap next to Taylor sitting in Joe's lap

    In fact, in September he penned a gushing tribute to Taylor’s then-boyfriend, Joe, for 2022’s Time 100 Next List.

    Close-up of Joe smiling in a suit and tie

    The mini essay gave a rare insight into their private relationship, with Ryan writing, “I’ve known Joe Alwyn for six years—and that’s long enough to see someone’s heart. Long enough to know whether or not they’re made of good stuff. And Joe Alwyn is made of good stuff.”

    Close-up of Ryan smiling

    He went on to praise Joe’s work as an actor before adding, “He lives at the intersection of enigmatic mystery and fun drinking buddy.”

    Joe and Taylor embracing

    Ryan continued, “It’s exciting to witness where he’s been. More exciting to see where he’s headed. But before I finish this tribute, it’s imperative I mention his kindness, his generosity, and humanity.”

    Close-up of Joe

    Just months after the tribute was published, Ryan surprised fans when he unfollowed Joe on social media after he and his wife, Blake Lively, met Taylor for dinner following the news of her and Joe’s split.