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The Weeknd Has a New Album Out and Yes, There's a Song About Selena

When will their love die!?

The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye, if you know him like that) dropped a six-track album out of nowhere last night called My Dear Melancholy (if that isn’t the most quintessential The Weeknd album name of all time, I don’t know what is).

In true Weeknd fashion, the album gives shout-outs to his tormented soul, his failed relationship with Bella Hadid and lots and lots of coke (okay, so I assumed that last one but if his track record is anything to go by, we all know there will be a lyric or two about the snowy stuff)

The biggest signifier of The Weeknd’s legendary pain has to be from the single, Call Out My Name, allegedly about the one and only, ex Selena Gomez.

Selena and The Weeknd were one of the greatest celebrity loves that ended in celebrity style…by lasting for a total of two seconds (10 months) and ending with both dating different people immediately afterwards.

There are no rebounds in Hollywood folks, only games of relationship roulette.

Even though Selena and Weeknd have gone their separate ways, there’s a paper trail of lyrics in Call Out My Name that lead straight back to the pop star. The Weeknd details the heartbreak of their split last year October and revealed he was willing to give his own kidney to Selena (the star recently underwent a kidney transplant for her lupus condition).

Want to know what cryptic lyrics to look out for about The Weeknd’s love for Selena? We did the investigative work so you don’t to.

Here, an analysis of the lyrics (via Genius), written by Frank Dukes, Nicolas Jaarand and The Weeknd.

We found each other

I helped you out of a broken place

The Weeknd and Selena Gomez started dating officially in January 2017. Their relationship came after she returned to the public spotlight in November 2016 after cancelling the rest of her tour abruptly at the end of August and going on hiatus to seek treatment for her lupus-induced anxiety and depression. Right before the announcement, Gomez and her on-off ex Justin Bieber, who was then dating Sofia Richie, had a big blowout argument via Instagram comments. Global outlets covered the scandal.

You gave me comfort

But falling for you was my mistake

Throughout their relationship, Gomez was super PDA-y with The Weeknd. In most images they shared of each other and photos paparazzi took of them, Gomez was very cuddly with Tesfaye. She also followed him around the world during his tour—a comfort to him on the road—and they dated for nearly 10 months.

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Pre-Chorus:

I put you on top, I put you on top

I claimed you so proud and openly

Gomez did appear on Tesfaye’s Instagram a number of times. Tesfaye made things Instagram official with Gomez pretty early on too: during their first big vacation to Italy at the end of January, she appeared in his Instagram story.

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He also celebrated her achievements on his Instagram story, like her Puma and Coach campaigns.

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And when times were rough, when times were rough

I made sure I held you close to me

Gomez had a rough year in 2017 with her kidney transplant and health struggle leading up to it.

Chorus:

So call out my name (call out my name)

Call out my name when I kiss you so gently

I want you to stay (want you to stay)

I want you to stay, even though you don’t want me

Toward the end of their relationship, Gomez and Tesfaye spent an increasing amount of time apart. Gomez was shooting a Woody Allen movie in New York. Tesfaye was traveling across the U.S on tour. ‘The distance was okay in the beginning and they were trying to make it work but then Selena really needed more than what The Weeknd could give her,’ a source told E! of why they fell apart. ‘She needed him more present. The fights were not huge, just happening more frequently as time wore on. Selena and Abel both agreed that this relationship wasn’t going to work due to his busy schedule, but Selena was the one who wanted to end it. She didn’t feel secure while he was away, and the schedule conflicts got very exhausting for her.’

Girl, why can’t you wait? (Why can’t you wait, baby?)

Girl, why can’t you wait ’til I fall out of love?

Won’t you call out my name? (Call out my name)

Girl, call out my name, and I’ll be on my way

I’ll be on my-

During Gomez’s 25th birthday, The Weeknd literally put up an Instagram story that said ‘On my way.’ He had been in Paris performing and got a flight back immediately to Los Angeles to be there for her after.

Verse 2:

I said I didn’t feel nothing, baby, but I lied

The Weeknd has sung before about being detached and casual in relationships and in it for sex more than love. When news of the breakup broke, E!’s source made it seem like Tesfaye wasn’t bothered. ‘Abel is not upset about Selena and Justin hanging out. Their relationship was over before they were hanging out. Abel is not dwelling over anything.’

I almost cut a piece of myself for your life

The Weeknd suggests here that he almost donated his kidney to Gomez and that he tested to see if he was a match. During that summer, Gomez was in desperate need of a donor. As best friend and donor, Francia Raisa, said of that time on the Today show, ‘[Selena] goes, “I don’t know what to do, the [donor wait] list is 7 to 10 years long.” And it just vomited out of me. I was like, “Of course I’ll get tested.”‘

‘She lived with me in this interesting time where my kidneys were just done,’ Gomez herself said. ‘That was it. I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking somebody to do that was really difficult for me. She volunteered and did it—and let alone somebody wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match. The fact that she was a match, I mean, that’s unbelievable. That’s not real.’

The Weeknd reportedly scheduled his tour around Gomez’s transplant procedure so he could be there for her.

Guess I was just another pit stop

‘Til you made up your mind

Gomez would ultimately get back together with her on-off boyfriend Justin Bieber shortly after breaking up with The Weeknd. Gomez and Bieber appear to be on a break now.

You just wasted my time

You’re on top

Gomez is the most followed celebrity on Instagram. The Weeknd could be alluding to that top star status.

Pre-Chorus:

I put you on top

I claimed you so proud and openly, babe

And when times were rough, when times were rough

I made sure I held you close to me

Chorus:

So call out my name (call out my name, baby)

So call out my name when I kiss you

So gently, I want you to stay (I want you to stay)

I want you to stay even though you don’t want me

Girl, why can’t you wait? (Girl, why can’t you wait ’til I?)

Girl, why can’t you wait ’til I fall out of love?

Won’t you call out my name? (Say call out my name, baby)

Girl, call out my name, and I’ll be on my way

Girl, I’ll be on my-

Outro:

On my way

On my way

On my way

On my way

On my way

On my way

On my way

On my way

On my way

On my way

On my way

On, on

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