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:
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.
The Weeknd: “Guess I was just another pit stop ‘til you made up your mind”
— ❕❕Kells❕❕ (@kelhoward88) March 30, 2018
“Guess I was just another pit stop til u made up your mind. You just wasted my time”
SELENA PUT ABEL THROUGH IT ? #MyDearMelancholy
— ? (@LennyLuinsky) March 30, 2018
Broooooo The Weeknd put Selena on blast when he said “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life”…does that mean this dude was gonna give you his damn kidney??? And you leave him like dat???
— Papí (@maddsssness) March 30, 2018