During a concert in Dubai, The 1975 frontman Matty Healy spat in the face of local anti-LGBTQ+ laws by swapping spit with a male audience member. The British pop rock band was performing their hit track "Loving Someone" when Healy vaulted off stage to plant a smooch on a man in the crowd who'd asked the singer to marry him.
After their gig, Healy tweeted about the literally illegal kiss.
"Thank you Dubai you were so amazing. 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 added: "But who knows maybe they will let me back in let's just wait and see." We love an optimist!
Dubai can be an incredibly dangerous place to be LGBTQ+, with homosexuality punishable with up to 10 years in prison. Some of the band's fans have warned others against sharing the video online, as the man Healy kissed could be found and arrested, alleging that police are "currently looking for him."
Healy and the band have been vocal about their support for the LGBTQ+ community and helped raise money to establish London's first LGBTQ+ Community Centre last year. At the time, Healy said he was "wary of talking about it because I don't want to appear to be virtue-signalling, but me and the others in the band all felt it was obviously a good thing to put our money towards." Now he's put his mouth where his money is, so to speak.