Taylor Swift’s ex Matty Healy announces engagement to model a day after singer lands in London

Karlie Kloss, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Nick Grimshaw and Matty Healy
On the town - (left to right) Karlie Kloss, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Nick Grimshaw and Matty Healy - Getty/Dave Bennett

Fresh from a successful trio of shows in Edinburgh, Taylor Swift landed in London to relax and catch-up with friends ahead of the next leg of her Eras tour.

But on the same day the American pop star, 34, was pictured back in the capital her ex-boyfriend Matty Healy’s girlfriend sparked engagement rumours across the pond.

The 1975 frontman’s whirlwind romance with Swift ended in June last year and he was apparently heavily referenced in her new album released just two months ago.

Healy has now proposed to the LA-based model Gabbriette Bechtel, his girlfriend of nine months. The pair teased their engagement on social media while attending a Charli XCX concert, with Bechtel sharing pictures of a black diamond ring to her 820,000 followers on Instagram and Healy reposting it.

They were then pictured together in New York on Wednesday as Healy’s mother, Denise Welch, the former Coronation Street actress, confirmed their engagement by saying Bechtel, 26, is “everything I would want in a daughter in law”.

Speaking on Loose Women, Welch said: “We couldn’t be happier… She is from Los Angeles, she is absolutely gorgeous.”

Healy’s mother went on to explain to her ITV1 co-panellists that the couple had broken the news a while ago, saying: “I have known for a few weeks that Matty got engaged. They went over to see their friends Charli [XCX] and George [Daniel, The 1975’s drummer] in New York.”

The news came as Swift was seen dining out in Notting Hill’s Casa Cruz with friends Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and others.

Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh
Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh - PA

The star, who has been dating Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce for 10 months, will return to the capital later in the month after performing in Liverpool and Cardiff.

Her romance with Healy, though short-lived, appeared to feature in her recent record-breaking album The Tortured Poets Department.

Taylor Swift on stage during her tour
Taylor Swift on stage during her tour - Jane Barlow/PA

The 31-track album, released on April 19 to great fanfare, includes references to her former boyfriend’s tattoos, love of typewriters and an apparent dig at his younger love interests after dating her.

Fans began guessing that The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived in particular referenced the highs and lows of the pair’s short romance, which lasted around a month.

Healy, who has been the lead vocalist for punk-rock band The 1975 since the early 2000s, was asked about Swift’s album by the US TV show Entertainment Tonight and responded: “I haven’t really listened to that much of it, but I’m sure it’s good.”

He began dating fellow singer Bechtel in September 2023, at a similar time that Ke

lce and Swift went public with their high-profile romance after she was pictured attending one of his football games.

Healy introduced his now fiancée to his parents Denise and Tim Healy five months into their relationship when they went to see her show, The Gap, in Manchester.

Taylor Swift wows audiences on her Eras tour
Taylor Swift wows audiences on her Eras tour - Jane Barlow/PA

The mother-of-two revealed that her son had the distinctive engagement ring specially made for Bechtel, saying: “Black diamond, he had it made for her and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

The couple have made several public appearances together, including at his band’s concerts and during Fashion Week.

Bechtel, who is known just as Gabbriette, was born in Orange County, California, in 1997 and began a successful modelling career after moving to Los Angeles and being cast in a Blood Orange music video.