A few months after he split from Selena Gomez back in 2017, The Weeknd released his 2018, six-song EP called My Dear Melancholy. At the time, fans were convinced that the musician had referenced the former Disney Channel star in songs such as “Call Out My Name” and “Hurt You.” Now, the 30-year-old has opened up about writing music during that time in his life and called it “cathartic.”

“The reason why [the album] was so short is, like, I think I just had nothing else to say on this,” he told Esquire magazine as part of his cover story, which was released on Tuesday, August 25. “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.”

When asked if it was about anyone specific, the “Blinding Lights” singer — whose real name is Abel Tesfaye — said “no comment,” but then added that creating the entire EP made him feel better.

“That would have sucked if I didn’t,” he added.

The Weeknd Opens Up About Writing Music Following 2017 Split With Selena Gomez
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As fans know, Selena and The Weekend were pretty much couple goals when they dated back in 2017. They were first spotted kissing in January, then went Instagram official a few months later. They made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala in May, and after that they were practically inseparable. The couple was definitely not shy about showing off their love, and they even got a puppy together!

The relationship lasted for 10 months before they called it quits in October 2017. And although an insider told People Magazine that their busy schedules was to blame, fans were convinced the split had something to do with Selena hanging out with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. Yep, Selena and Justin were spotted attending church together just days before she and the rapper broke up. But after they decided to go their separate ways, Selena claimed that they had ended things on good terms.

“Something that I’m really proud of is that there’s such a true friendship [between me and The Weeknd]. I truly have never experienced anything like that in my life. We ended it as best friends,” she told Billboard. “It was genuinely about encouraging and caring [for each other], and that was pretty remarkable for me.”

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