Just as fans pick apart Taylor Swift‘s songs for clues about her previous relationships, listeners of The Weeknd’s new six-song EP My Dear Melancholy are doing the same since the Grammy winner dropped the new tunes late Thursday night.
Part of that is because it’s the first solo new music The Weeknd (né Abel Tesfaye) has released since his split from both women. His last album, 2016’s Starboy, came out in November of that year — just as he and Hadid announced their split after dating for just under two years.
The Weeknd’s split from Gomez, meanwhile, came in October 2017 after dating for 10 months.
Failed relationships dominate the themes in My Dear Melancholy, with tracks like “I Was Never There” and “Hurt You.”
One song, “Call Out My Name,” seemed to be squarely about Gomez in fan’s eyes — especially a line that had many listeners questioning whether The Weekend considered giving Gomez, 25, a kidney when she needed a transplant last year.
“I said I didn’t feel nothing baby, but I lied/I almost cut a piece of myself for your life,” he sings.
Another song, “Privilege,” talks about someone who had an affluent upbringing who he regrets ending things with — a tune that reminded some fans of Hadid, 21.
Meanwhile, “Wasted Times” — in which The Weeknd sings about the regret he feels missing out on time with one girl that he spent with another girl — had fans thinking the song was about The Weeknd’s move from dating Hadid to dating Gomez.
No matter what, fans were happy to have The Weeknd putting out new music again after months of teasing it on his social media accounts (he was featured on a track from the Black Panther soundtrack, too).
On Thursday, the “Starboy” singer announced on he was releasing his new project sooner rather than later.
While the musician neglected to include any further details about the release, he did share what appears to be the album artwork — a close-up shot of his face — which he simply captioned, “tonight.”