Is The Weeknd’s New Single, “Heartless,” About Bella Hadid?


  • The Weeknd just released a new single, “Heartless,” and a lot of its lyrics seem to point toward his relationship with Bella Hadid.
  • In the song, The Weeknd also seems to refer to his carefree and unattached lifestyle, filled with fame, money, and girls.

The Weeknd is back. The Grammy Award winner has dropped his first single since 2018, and many are already speculating that the song, “Heartless,” is about his former relationship with supermodel Bella Hadid. Here, we explain the lyrics in their entirety.

For a refresher, Hadid and The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, had been dating on and off since 2015. The last time they were “on” was in August of 2018, but the two have since split up again.

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The singer’s heart-thumping song deals with multiple themes, from money (“All this money and this pain got me heartless”), fame (“Photoshoots, I’m a star now (Star) / I’m talkin’ TimeRolling Stone, and Bazaar now (’Zaar)”), and sleeping around with different girls (“Hundred models gettin’ faded in the compound / Tryna love me, but they never get a pulse down”). At its core, Tesfaye constantly refers to himself as “heartless,” having been worn down by the years of navigating through intense wealth and public scrutiny.

Heartless [Explicit] Album Cover

So, when does Hadid come into the mix?

At the bridge, Tesfaye’s track slows down and pivots lyrically. His proclamations of his own heartlessness are interrupted by a conversation with an unknown woman, who sees the good in him despite what he’s done.

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I lost my heart and my mind

I try to always do right

I thought I lost you this time

You just came back in my life

You never gave up on me (Why don’t you?)

I’ll never know what you see (Why won’t you?)

I don’t do well when alone (Oh yeah)

You hear it clear in my tone

Naturally, many have speculated that this verse points to Hadid, especially with the line, “You just came back in my life.” Hadid and Tesfaye reunited one last time in the summer of 2018, after Tesfaye and pop star Selena Gomez broke up. Still, despite the reunion, another line in this verse indicates that a happily ever after isn’t in the works: “I don’t do well when alone.” Getting back together with an ex because you’d rather not be by yourself doesn’t exactly make for a picture-perfect ending (been there, done that).

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Suffice to say that The Weeknd is pouring his heart out in his new music.