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Since breaking up with Selena Gomez in October, The Weeknd has stayed relatively silent. But that all changed with the release of his new project, My Dear Melancholy, which dropped last weekend on Spotify. In the moody R&B-inspired tracks, the singer (born Abel Tesfaye) doesn’t hold back in sharing his feelings in dark, heartbreaking lyrics.

Naturally, fans are speculating if the songs are about his recent ex, and they have a lot of hints to base their theories on. Below are some of the references Tesfaye appears to make at Gomez, her rekindled love with Justin Bieber, his former girlfriend Bella Hadid and (possibly) Selena’s kidney transplant.

“Call Out My Name”

The allusions here might be the most obvious. A few lines in the second verse caught listeners’ attention:

“I almost cut a piece of myself for your life”

Fans believe he’s referencing how he might’ve considered donating a kidney to Gomez during her kidney transplant last summer. As fans are well aware, Selena’s good friend and actress Francia Raisa ended up being her donor.

“Guess I was just another pit stop
‘Til you made up your mind
You just wasted my time”

Here, he may be alluding to how Gomez resumed her romance with longtime on-and-off boyfriend Justin Bieber shortly after they broke up.

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“Wasted Times”

In this track, the lyrics stick out right at the beginning. The first lines are:

“Wasted times I spent with someone else
She wasn’t even half of you
Reminiscin’ how you felt
Reminiscin’ how you felt
And even though you put my life through hell
I can’t seem to forget ’bout you, ’bout you
I want you to myself”

But here, Tesfaye isn’t talking to Selena Gomez, he’s talking about her. It’s speculated that he’s directing the message to another famous ex-girlfriend of his, Bella Hadid. The couple ended their relationship in November 2016, but he was seen leaving her mother’s apartment—presumably after hanging out with Bella—a couple weeks after his breakup with Selena made news. Was he reconsidering rekindling this former flame?

Then later in the second verse, he leaves another hint that he’s talking about Bella and considering getting back together. He mentions her passion for horseback riding (in the form of on an innuendo).

“And I know right now that we’re not talkin’ (not talkin’)
I hope you know this dick is still an option
I’ll take my time to learn the way your body functions
You were equestrian, so ride it like a champion”

“I Was Never There”

In this track, The Weeknd discusses a relationship that’s lost its love, where one partner is already checked out of the romance. Does it have anything to do with Gomez moving on to Justin? The actress and singer was already seen hanging out with Bieber again days before she announced her breakup with Tesfaye.

In the verse he sings:

“What makes a grown man wanna cry?
(Cry, cry, cry, cry)
What makes him wanna take his life?
His happiness is never real
(Real, real, real, real)
And mindless sex is how he feels, ooh, he feels”

And he sings this in part of the chorus:

“When it’s time, when it’s time, when it’s time (time, it’s time, babe)
It won’t matter (it won’t matter, babe)
It won’t matter (ya)
It was like I was never there”

Later in the song, he again seems to take a stab at the fact that Selena left him for Justin Bieber, calling their on-and-off relationship “toxic.” Fans were quick to notice this reference, too.

“You’d rather something toxic”

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“Hurt You”


Though the references here are less obvious, Tesfaye also seems to be hinting at a previous relationship in this song. The first verse gives it away:

“And now I know relationship’s my enemy
So stay away from me
I’m warning you
You try to fill the void with every man you meet
‘Cause you’re upset with me
I’m warning you”

Some listeners thought he was alluding to Gomez here, too.

One user, @baddiedeluxe, even pointed out that the line “You try to fill the void with every man you meet,” seems to be a reference to a line in Selena Gomez’s song “Wolves,” which says, “I’ve looked for love in every stranger.”

One line in the second verse could be a subtle hit at Bieber, too.

“When you’re with him, you close your eyes and think of me


In the closing song on the album, Tesfaye also alludes to a past relationship.

“Enjoy your privileged life
‘Cause I’m not gonna hold you through the night
We said our last goodbyes
So, let’s just try to end it with a smile

And I don’t wanna hear that you are suffering
You are suffering no more
‘Cause I held you down when you were suffering
You were suffering”

Fans believed this one was about Selena as well.

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With (presumably) more Selena music coming out this year, we wonder if the pop star will make a response through her own lyrics.

Listen to My Dear Melancholy, in full on Spotify here.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.