Matty Healy 'Instantly Smitten' with Gabbriette: Serious from the Start

Renowned band frontman announces engagement to model fiancée

by Zain ul Abedin
Matty Healy 'Instantly Smitten' with Gabbriette: Serious from the Start
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In a whirlwind romance that captivated fans, Matty Healy, the frontman of the popular band The 1975, and model Gabbriette Bechtel have officially announced their engagement. The couple, who began dating last fall, shared their joyous news on June 11, marking a significant milestone in their relationship.

At 35, Healy has found a deep connection with 26-year-old Bechtel, celebrated with a unique black diamond engagement ring that perfectly reflects her unconventional style. Their romance sparked in September in New York City, where they were first seen sharing intimate moments.

This public display of affection quickly led to rumors that have now culminated in their engagement, confirmed through heartfelt Instagram posts featuring Bechtel’s distinctive ring. The ring, a bold choice with a large black gem encircled by pavé diamonds, signifies their unique approach to life and love.

An insider close to the couple shared with PEOPLE that Healy and Bechtel are "in love and thrilled" about their future together. “They’ve only been together since last fall, but their connection was instant and deep, leading to a serious and intense relationship right from the start,” the source explained.

Family Joy Revealed

Family and friends have expressed their happiness for the couple. Denise Welch, Healy’s mother and a renowned actress and TV host, publicly shared her excitement on the British talk show "Loose Women." She revealed her early knowledge of the engagement and her approval of Bechtel, praising her as the ideal partner for her son.

"I couldn't be more thrilled. We couldn't be happier - she is everything I would want in a daughter-in-law," Welch stated. The engagement news was celebrated among their circle of friends, including musicians Charli XCX and George Daniel, during a gathering in New York.

The event was marked by Bechtel's Instagram post from Charli's concert in Brooklyn, humorously captioned: "MARRYING THE 1975 IS VERY BRAT." Before this relationship, Healy was briefly linked to Taylor Swift, and Bechtel was connected with Levi Dylan.

Despite their past relationships, it's clear that Healy and Bechtel have found something special. According to Bechtel, who spoke to Homme Girls, their paths had almost crossed several times over the years. "He came to L.A., and we've been in love ever since," she reflected.