With artists like The Weeknd, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with who they’re dating. We all have our own ideas about who we think they should be dating. Personally, I ship The Weeknd with Doja Cat. I think their styles would blend perfectly together, and they seem to have a lot in common, artistically. They are both unapologetically themselves, and their music is a really nice, balanced blend of hip-hop and pop. But, it’s not about what I think. It’s about who he chooses. Who caught his eye and held his attention. So, who’s the lucky girl?
The Tea is Hot, Sis
The Weeknd, or as his girlfriends have known him, Abel Tesfaye, most notoriously dated Bella Hadid, a supermodel. Abel met Bella in 2015 when he asked her to do a photo shoot for the cover of his album, Beauty Behind the Madness. Hadid didn’t agree to do the photoshoot, but she did end up meeting up with him, and that’s pretty much where it all started.
It didn’t take long for the rumors to start flying, and by 2016, they had gone public with their relationship. He and Bella appeared on the red carpet together numerous times and could be seen together at nearly every award ceremony he attended. Like every celebrity couple, they were all over Twitter and Instagram together for the entire duration of their relationship.
Though we remember this relationship as being long-lasting, they did break up and get back together several times. Meaning, there were times that he was technically single, and may have been seen with someone else. This is likely where rumors about cheating come from. The reality is, it’s virtually impossible for any of us to know for sure when he and Bella were “on” or “off”. But there’s always speculation, right?
One of the most notorious scandals during one of the “off” times in The Weeknd and Bella Hadid’s relationship was his 10-month fling with singer Selena Gomez. Tesfaye and Gomez laid on the PDA very, very thick during the time they dated in 2017, not long after his split from Hadid. There are countless photos on the internet of them making out and cuddling up to one another in different places, such as Florence, where they frequently vacationed together. The date that he began dating Selena Gomez has been suspected to overlap with the dates that he and Bella Hadid were still together. However, no one can be sure.
Tesfaye and Hadid split in November 2016, and he didn’t start officially dating Selena Gomez until January 2017. But, we all know that something can begin before it is “official”. The reason so many people have speculated that he may have been seeing Gomez before he made a clean break from Hadid, is because he sings a line in his song, “Party Monster” saying, “Like Selena, ass shaped like Selena”. This song was released the same month of the break-up.
When he and Selena started dating, they could be frequently seen on each other’s Instagram. They were pretty much inseparable. So much so, that Selena’s ex, pop icon Justin Beiber, caught on and became very jealous. The Weeknd wrote a song that had a few lines that seemed to be aimed at Justin, almost as if he was taunting him by showing off his relationship with Selena. In the song “Some Way”, featuring Nav, The Weeknd sings, “I think your girl, think your girl fell in love with me. She say my f–k and my tongue game a remedy….I just took that chick, and I know you feelin’ some way.”
In spite of burning white-hot at the beginning of their relationship, they became very on and off until they split “for good” in October of 2017. Neither of the two was very forthcoming about the ending of the relationship, and it certainly didn’t seem like a messy breakup.
Aaaaaand, Back to Bella
The “Starboy” singer split from Selena Gomez and almost immediately went back to his former girlfriend, Bella Hadid. After making a huge production out of his relationship with Selena, and after all the pettiness of blocking and unfollowing each other on Twitter and Instagram, they got right back together as if nothing happened.
Everything seemed to go pretty smoothly, until they split again in 2019, due to their busy schedules not being conducive to having a healthy relationship with one another. There was no word on whether or not he started seeing someone else, but it does seem like he and Bella are on good terms. They had a run-in with each other at the VMAs this year, and sources say that they were very cordial with each other and there didn’t seem to be any tension between the two. Certainly not as heavy as the interaction they had at Victoria’s Secret fashion show in 2016, where they had to share a stage shortly after breaking up.
Abel doesn’t seem to have any bad blood between him and his exes. At least not Bella or Selena. Selena Gomez shared a video earlier this year, where she was showing off her quarantine playlist which featured a song by The Weeknd. She is still a fan of his music, and she has even gone on to say, after breaking up, that they are still friends and she is thankful to have had a relationship built on such a good foundation which allows them to remain friends, even if a romantic partnership didn’t work out between them.
As for Bella, she hasn’t really said much about how she feels about Abel, or whether or not they have any friends to speak of, but she also hasn’t said anything negative about him. Both he and his exes seem to be pretty mature about the whole situation. There has been some catty behavior on Twitter, but hey, relationships and breakups are designed to be weird and hard to navigate.
He’s single, ladies. This is your chance. Shoot your shot. You are every bit as attractive as supermodel Bella Hadid or pop icon, Selena Gomez. What do they have that you don’t!? Go ahead and start tweeting him and practice signing your new name, “Mrs. Tesfaye”. Find pictures of him and Selena or Bella and photoshop your face onto theirs. No one can stop you.
Realistically, he will probably remain single for a while. After all, his last round with Bella came to an end because they couldn’t make enough time for each other, and traveling isn’t exactly safe during this pandemic, so he’s probably staying where he’s at for a while. Not to mention, he will have so much to catch up on as far as work goes, because he hasn’t been able to tour or perform since March.
Like many of us, he will probably be using this time to work on himself and enjoy his own company. I can’t say I blame him. Hopefully, Selena and Bella are doing the same. One thing is for sure when his love life goes back to “normal”, it still won’t be boring. It never has been.