Wasted Times

Album: My Dear Melancholy (2018)
Charted: 18 27

Songfacts®:

  • Here, The Weeknd reflects on lost love and reminisces on past relationships, with many fans believing he is crooning about singer Selena Gomez and model Bella Hadid. If this interpretation is correct it seems that The Weeknd holds his relationship with Bella in a more favorable light than the one he had with Selena.
  • The Weeknd tells Bella that he is ready to take her back by means of a sexual innuendo about horse riding.

    You were an equestrian, so ride it like a champion
    This sex will get you high without no other substance


    Bella used to ride competitively and had dreams of attending the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but had to give up competing due to her suffering from chronic Lyme disease.
  • After breaking up with Bella Hadid in November 2016, The Weeknd started dating Selena Gomez the following January before splitting nine months later. The R&B Lothario then reconnected with Bella and here he may be taking a shot at Selena.

    Wasted times I spent with someone else
    She wasn't even half of you


    A notable pointer is that the above lyric flips some of Selena's "Same Old Love" lines, which read:

    I'm not spending any time, wasting tonight on you
    I know, I've heard it all


    So does The Weeknd feel he "wasted time" during his relationship with Selena?
  • The Weeknd and Frank Dukes are listed as co-executive producers on My Dear Melancholy. Dukes teamed up with Los Angeles electro house/dubstep producer Skrillex for this song's sinister beat.

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