Over a week after he released My Dear Melancholy, The Weeknd gave a peek into the behind-the-scenes action of his widely talked about new album.
Last month, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye did a Beyoncé and without any warning, dropped his second studio record featuring songs about his famous exes Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez. The EP immediately climbed up the charts, debuting at the top of Billboard 200.
In The Weeknd's World
To celebrate, the 28-year-old published a documentary called He Was Never There, a play on one of the tracks from My Dear Melancholy. The 6-minute movie was directed by Joachim Johnson. French DJ Gesaffelstein, who previously worked with the likes of Daft Punk and Kanye West, produced the video, NME reported.
The video shows the award-winning singer in the process of recording his most personal work yet. Tesfaye, in the mini-documentary, can be seen laying down the vocals inside the studio. It also features clips of interviews with the people behind the chart-topping new record, offering a more in-depth look at the emotions behind My Dear Melancholy.
Selena Gomez's Response
Following the debacle surrounding the new album, Gomez's camp has responded to the allegations that The Weeknd offered to donate his own liver to save the life of the "Bad Liar" singer.
In one of his songs, fans believed that Tesfaye referenced Gomez, who was diagnosed with Lupus, and a recent kidney transplant. Her best friend stepped forward and gave her kidney to the former Disney star, but it seems, The Weeknd was willing to forever change his body for his then-girlfriend.
A representative told Entertainment Tonight that the 25-year-old never asked The Weeknd to donate a kidney.
"It's just a lyric and he knew it would strum up attention and that people would interpret it exactly as they have, but he was never actually going to donate his kidney to Selena," said the unnamed source. "Sure, he was her boyfriend at the time, so it perhaps crossed his mind to get tested to see if he was a match — which is incredibly rare — but it never got anywhere close to actually happening."
The representative added that when they were looking for a donor, Gomez and The Weeknd had only been dating for a few months. The "Hands To Myself" singer would not ask it from a new boyfriend.
As a final blow, the source fired back and shared that the 10-month relationship between the two singers was never as intense as My Dear Melancholy made it appear to be. Gomez leaned her family and friends for support after the surgery.
"The Weeknd was always much more concerned with his career than his relationship," the source added.
Watch the documentary below.