The Weeknd Is Back, and He Might Still Be Singing About Selena Gomez

Kelsey Garcia
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: The Weeknd performs onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Concert at Central Park, Great Lawn on September 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/WireImage)

On the title track of his 2016 album Starboy, The Weeknd declared, "I come alive in the Fall time." Well, it looks like he has indeed risen.

After a five-month social media hiatus, the 29-year-old artist reactivated his Instagram before sharing a cryptic post alluding to new music. Beneath a blurry photo, The Weeknd wrote, "The Fall starts tomorrow night." Sure enough, he released his ruthless single "Heartless" on Nov. 26. He's also expected to release another new song, "Blinding Lights," on Nov. 29. A snippet of the song can already be heard in a Mercedes-Benz commercial.

By now, it's clear The Weeknd is rolling out the release of his fourth studio album, tentatively titled Chapter IV, which will join Starboy, Beauty Behind the Madness, and his debut album, Kiss Land. In the three years that have followed Starboy, however, The Weeknd also released My Dear Melancholy, a six-track EP, in 2018. On Instagram, The Weeknd described the forthcoming album as a "new brain melting psychotic chapter."

Then there are the rumors of a purported Selena Gomez song. After he initially teased his new tunes, several publications noticed that a new song - titled "Like Selena" and attributed to The Weeknd's birth name, Abel Tesfaye - appeared on the ASCAP website. The title quickly inspired hypotheses that the song is about Gomez, who The Weeknd dated for nearly a year in 2017.

Adding some confusion to that theory, however, is the fact that The Weeknd previously uttered the "Like Selena" title in his song "Party Monster," off Starboy. The lyrics are: "Angelina, lips like Angelina / Like Selena, ass shaped like Selena." Because "Party Monster" was released in November 2016 - a few months before he reportedly began dating Gomez - the line is most likely referencing the late Selena Quintanilla.

If the rumors are true, however, it wouldn't be the first time The Weeknd wrote a song about Gomez. My Dear Melancholy contained several references to his relationship with the pop star and their subsequent breakup, one of the most damning being: "Enjoy your privileged life / 'Cause I'm not gonna hold you through the night / We said our last goodbyes / So, let's just try to end it with a smile." Perhaps he's since changed his mind about that smile.