Fans of both artists spent the weekend dissecting every line of the Weeknd's new record, but in case you had better things to do, we're gonna break it down for you.
The new release opens with "Call Out My Name," which by far makes the most direct allusions to Gomez. In the opening line Abel Tesfaye croons: "We found each other / I helped you out of a broken place."
The former Disney star publicly discussed her struggle with anxiety and depression early last year. It caused her to cancel tour dates and seek treatment, and she self-described herself as "broken" to Teen Vogue last March — just weeks before Gomez and Tesfaye made their public debut as a couple at the Met Ball.
The track goes on to hear Tesfaye sing: "I said I didn't feel nothing, baby, but I lied / I almost cut a piece of myself for your life." Internet sleuths are interpreting it a reference to Gomez's kidney transplant; the Weeknd declaring that he was literally willing to cut a piece of himself out to give to her.
THE WEEKND ALMOST GAVE SELENA GOMEZ HIS KIDNEY AND I CANT EVEN GET A TEXT BACK.— Violet Benson (@Daddyissues__) March 30, 2018
"I said I didn't feel nothing baby, but I lied, I almost cut a piece of myself for your life."— babygirl (@BAESICBRITTNEY) March 30, 2018
THE WEEKND WAS GOING TO DONATE HIS KIDNEY TO SELENA GOMEZ. pic.twitter.com/tdxkfaHHtp
The Weeknd was really boutta donate his drug and alcohol infested kidney to Selena Gomez. A KING.— DM PUNK (@TACOSONTHELOW) March 30, 2018
The Weeknd: "I'll give you my kidney and that way we will be tied to one another forever."— SKINNY LEGEND☕️ (@skinnylegendz) March 30, 2018
Selena Gomez: pic.twitter.com/YOeBiOUhh2
The song then ends with: "Guess I was just another pit stop / 'Til you made up your mind" — a line that easily fits into the narrative of Gomez returning to her ex Justin Bieber shortly after the breakup with the Weeknd.
"Call Out Your Name" is not the only song that was seemingly spawned by Gomez, though. "Try Me" once again has internet sleuths abuzz with lines about the Weeknd's romantic interest (who is already involved in another relationship) "Lookin' grown since the last time I looked at you," and an outro that hears him sing: "The way I kissed your scars / The way I fixed your heart."
On "Wasted Times," however, the Weeknd seems to reflect on a different ex in the wake of his split with Gomez — Bella Hadid. The dots are fairly easy to connect on this one, referencing Hadid's noted past as a competitive horseback rider when he sings: "You were equestrian, so ride it like a champion."
He also kindly lets her know that even though they're not currently on speaking terms, "this dick is still an option."
Wasted Times:— ya boii kenn. (@kennboii1) March 30, 2018
The Weeknd basically saying Selena Gomez wasn't good enough for him to forget about Bella Hadid, and now he wondering what she up to, if she fuckin w/ anyone & can't stop thinking about her, and wants her to know if she still wants him she can get it.
Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid listening to The Weeknd's "My Dear Melancholy" be like: pic.twitter.com/C7nVvof7Yd— Nathan (@nathan1im) March 31, 2018
"I Was Never There" is slightly more generic fare, hearing the Weeknd wax poetic on heartbreak and meaningless sex, though he does accuse his lover of choosing something "toxic" over him — which is basically a synonym for Bieber.
Penultimate cut "Hurt You" hears Tesfaye declaring relationships his "enemy," and many think Gomez's struggle with mental illness might be referenced when he says: "'Cause all the nights you slept alone dryin' your eyes / And all the nights you thought about takin' your life." It's not-so-tactfully followed up with "But if you call me up, I'm fuckin' you on sight," but supposedly the main message of the song is "I don't wanna hurt you."
Finally, Me Dear Melancholy, closes with "Privilege" — another alleged ode to his breakup with Gomez. He copes with the "last goodbyes" by using pills and drinks, admitting he'll "be back to my old ways" — and frankly, people on Twitter are here for his return to the depressing House of Balloons-esque jams.
See some of that reaction below.
The Weeknd: My new album drops tonight— Jeff (@ShadyFiles) March 29, 2018
Selena Gomez: pic.twitter.com/e3jmOmyG9W
Justin Bieber listening to The Weeknd's new album rethinking his relationship with Selena Gomez pic.twitter.com/0Ynw3xZIS9— luisa (@luisagibsonxo) March 30, 2018
JB & The Weeknd really made some of their most fire music after breaking up with Selena Gomez. Wow— FRANK CASTLE (@NotWillieB) March 30, 2018
Selena Gomez must of cheated on The Weeknd w/ Justin Bieber— Tommy Rosiers (@tommyrosier) March 30, 2018
his new shit sounding like triology Weeknd rn loool
selena gomez's pussy was so fire its absence brought the old weeknd back damn we all need this kind of pussy in our lives— JC (@FUCKTOHME) March 30, 2018
a big thanks to selena gomez for breaking abel's heart and bringing back the old weeknd :,) you ain't shit sis— k💛 (@kaiuuuhhh) March 30, 2018
Weeknd really went back making the type of music that would make you drive off a cliff, Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez got him going thru it.— Ahmed/Broke Bobby Axelrod (@big_business_) March 30, 2018
Gotta thank them for getting him back to his essence.
The Weeknd said fuck that pop shit and went back to his house of balloons bag— T. (@_TerrenceT) March 30, 2018
The Weeknd releases a small EP/Album in the spring, just like House of Balloons, and at the end of the title there's a comma, I think (and fucking hope and pray) that he's hitting us with another trilogy. 🙏— ZeeGod (@ZeeGodd) March 30, 2018
Call Out My Name is giving me House of Balloons vibes. pic.twitter.com/WaeTQ1hbzT— OXTAIL GAWD (@ThatDudeMCFLY) March 30, 2018