The Real Meaning Behind 'Save Your Tears' By The Weeknd

The Weeknd released his fourth studio album, After Hours, in March 2020, giving fans a deeper — and much more personal — look into his love life and thoughts with tracks like "In Your Eyes," "Blinding Lights," and "Heartless." However, the Canadian singer's fourth single, "Save Your Tears," really stood out from the rest as it featured lyrics many believed were about his past relationships with Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid.

According to Genius, the song reportedly "addresses his past relationships and recollects on the experiences they went through together, while also providing no emotional support for his ex." Sound familiar? Some lines include, "I don't know why I run away / I'll make you cry when I run away" and "So, I made you think that I would always stay / I said some things that I should never say / Yeah, I broke your heart like someone did to mine / And now you won't love me for a second time." Keep scrolling to find out why else fans believe The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears" must be about his famous exes.

These 'Save Your Tears' lyrics are very telling

When The Weeknd dropped "Save Your Tears," it wasn't hard for fans to connect the dots and figure out that he could be singing about his high-profile romances with Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. In the first verse, he sings, "I saw you dancing in a crowded room / You look so happy when I'm not with you / But then you saw me, caught you by surprise / A single teardrop falling from your eye." A Twitter user pointed out that these lines could be directed at Hadid and the run-in they had at Catch One nightclub following their split in August 2019. At the time, TMZ reported that the model left the hotspot after he showed up. 

In another part of the track, The Weeknd shares how he felt about his ex walking past him "like I wasn't there" and how she "just pretended like you didn't care," which may also be about Hadid, though we'll never know what exactly happened between the stars inside the club that night. 

So where does Gomez come into all of this? The line: "I broke your heart like someone did to mine," which seemingly refers to how he broke Hadid's heart like Gomez broke his when she got back with Justin Bieber soon after she and The Weeknd broke up in October 2017.