“Is The Weeknd’s new song ‘Call Out My Name’ about Selena Gomez?” – USAToday
“The Weeknd’s new album and Selena Gomez are forever connected” – CNN
“Here’s Why Fans Think The Weeknd’s New Album Is All About Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid” – People
“Selena Gomez Seems Completely Unfazed by The Weeknd’s Songs About Her” – Harper’s Bazaar
Oh, how you were ALL WRONG. Today, Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd made his most shocking announcement yet: none of his new songs from his My Dear Melancholy, EP were about his break-up with Selena Gomez. In fact, the track “Call Out My Name” is about someone else entirely, someone he only wishes would respond to his love.
It turns out, as shown in the video for “Call Out My Name,” the Weeknd has a deep and self-torturing love for Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon. Clearly pictured above, and in the video, Khonshu is the one he has been calling out for, but like most deities, they’re not too quick to respond.
It helps, now that we know that The Weeknd worships and has a deep love for Khonshu, to reassess the lyrics to “Call Out My Name:”
“I put you on top, I put you on top/
I claimed you so proud and openly/
And when times were rough, when times were rough/
I made sure I held you close to me”
It’s crystal clear now, the context of the pre-chorus, as The Weeknd worshipped Khonshu as his one and only God. When times were tough, he begged for Khonshu to respond, but the Egyptian god of the moon never reciprocated The Weeknd’s undying devotion. “You just wasted my time,” he concludes, “I’ll be on my way.”
Kendrick Lamar felt his pain back on the track “Sidewalks” off of Starboy and warned Weeknd about falling for an Egyptian god. “She wanna hang with a Starboy,” Lamar told him, “The sun and the moon and star, boy.” She’s out of your league, man, Kendrick basically said. Curse my tiny mortal body, the Weeknd must have said to himself, if only I could live amongst the stars and be with my Khonshu. If only I could be a Starboy.
I can’t speak for the gods, especially the Egyptian ones, as it is not my place, but I’m sure Khonshu had a good reason to remain silent. It’s just a shame that The Weeknd had to fall so head over heels. Poor guy.
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