Believe it or not, The Weeknd‘s latest studio album wasn’t supposed to be so melancholy.
The R&B star confessed he wrote and recorded an entire album of “upbeat” songs that was eventually scrapped because it was from a “different time” in his life when he was actually happy.
He revealed to TIME:
“Prior to Melancholy, I had a whole album written, done, which wasn’t melancholy at all because it was a different time in my life. It was very upbeat — it was beautiful.”
Now, who on earth could we blame for such a change of heart? Selena Gomez, of course!
As you know, the two dated for over eight months before splitting last October — months before Abel Tesfaye released My Dear Melancholy, an album full of breakup songs, in March 2018.
While The Weeknd says he’s “moved past” that chapter of his life, he says he never EVER wants to sing about it again, adding:
“I don’t want to perform something that I don’t feel… I don’t want to open that Pandora’s box, talking about relationships.
But he did say the recording process was “therapeutic”:
“You want to get it out. It’s like you close a chapter.”
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