The tea hath been spilt. The Weeknd chatted with Esquire and revealed all the dirty deets we’ve been dying to know. Yeah, we know, we were surprised too.
First, for those of us who believed his 2018 EP My Dear Melancholy, was an ode to his breakup with Selena Gomez, guess what, we get a cookie, cause we were right. The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, expressed that creating the EP was cathartic. "The reason why it was so short is like, I think I just had nothing else to say on this... whatever...." he digressed. Continuing his thought, "it was just like this cathartic piece of art. And yeah, it was short, because that’s all I had to say on this situation."
For those who don’t know, here are the relationship cliff notes. Gomez and The Weekend dated in 2017 from January to around October, within that time Selena was dealing with her Lupus diagnosis and also had her kidney transplant. After the two parted ways, Gomez started dating her famous ex Justin Bieber and Abel eventually got back with his own famous ex Bella Hadid, neither of which are still together.
When prompted with the question, Abel said that “of course” creating those songs made him feel better, adding, “I mean, that would have sucked if I didn’t.” And when he was further directly asked who those songs were about, he politely declined to answer, with an almost apologetic, “no comment.” Fine, he spilled like half the tea, whatever, we’re not giving the cookie back.
Next up was the matter of The Weeknd’s “feud” with Usher over his song “Climax,” which according to Abel is nonexistent. So here’s what we know, in an interview with Variety this past April, The Weekend was quoted saying he was “angry” when he first heard Usher’s 2012 track because as he put it, he thought, “Holy f***, that’s a Weeknd song.” Additionally saying, “It was very flattering, and I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realized it’s a good thing.”
Less than 24 hours after the interview hit the stands/internet, Usher's frequent collaborator Eric Bellinger launched the #ClimaxChallenge on Instagram, with a video of Usher singing along to the track, showing off that piercing falsetto. "Big Bro jumped in to set the record straight!!!... Now all we waitin for is you @theweeknd," Bellinger teased in the caption.
Guess what time it is again? Tea time! The Weeknd set the record straight, saying, ”it wasn’t a feud. I hit him up to apologize and tell him that it was misconstrued. He's one of the reasons why I make music. Definitely. No, no, I have nothing bad to say about Usher. The sweetest, most down-to-earth guy ever.”
So there you have it, ghost of girlfriends past (almost) reveled and nonexistent beef squashed. We’re gonna go eat that cookie now.