The Weeknd Made an ‘Upbeat’ Album, But Split with Selena Gomez Ruined It

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TIME magazine’s Next Generation Leaders issue features a whole bunch of your favorites, including Ariana Grande, who was in tears during her interview as she spoke about the Manchester terror attack. Completely understandable.

In the same issue, The Weeknd also spoke candidly — except, in his case, it was about his relationship with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez.

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Though the 28-year-old singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, didn’t go into the particulars about his 10-month romance with the “Wolves” crooner, saying, “I don’t want to open that Pandora’s box, talking about relationships,” he admitted that recording his My Dear Melancholy album was “therapeutic” following the big split. “You want to get it out,” he said. “It’s like you close a chapter.”

“Prior to Melancholy, I had a whole album written, done,” he continued. “[It] wasn’t melancholy at all because it was a different time in my life… It was very upbeat — it was beautiful.”

At the time of the interview, The Weeknd said he was “without a doubt” single — but considering his recent reunion with other ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid, we’re thinking that’s changed (or will soon).