This The Weeknd Song Might Contain a Wicked Reference to a Past Collaborator

Recording artist The Weeknd is a heavy hitter in the music industry. Winning three Grammy Awards, including Best Urban Contemporary Album, the Canadian-born performer has topped the charts with No. 1 hit songs such as “Can’t Feel My Face.”

With over 75 million records sold, The Weeknd has teamed up with chart-topping artists like Drake, Beyoncé, and many more. However, one of the 2021 Super Bowl halftime performer’s new songs has fans wondering if it is about another past collaborator.

Is The Weeknd’s song ‘I Heard You’re Married’ about Ariana Grande?

Song writer The Weeknd at an award show
The Weeknd’s songs have earned him recognition from those like the Black Music Action Coalition. | Griffin/FilmMagic

The Weeknd has collaborated multiple times with pop star sensation Ariana Grande. First, he appeared in 2014 on her sophomore album, My Everything, for the track “Love Me Harder.” He’s also featured on her 2020 hit “Off the Table” from Grande’s sixth studio album Positions. Many believe the song is a proclamation of her love for her now-husband Dalton Gomez. Additionally, The Weeknd’s remix of “Save Your Tears” from his After Hours album released last year featured Grande. 

Was there ever a romantic connection between the two? His Dawn FM track, “I Heart You’re Married,” has fans talking. Lyrics like: “I know this is a fling, but you’re hiding someone’s ring, it hurts to think I’m sharing you” could be a reference to The Weeknd having a “fling” with the star of the upcoming movie musical adaptation, Wicked.

The Weeknd’s known prior relationships include Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. But since neither of the women are married, fans are convinced the singer is alluding to Grande.

The Weeknd’s connection with the ‘Wicked’ star

Fans have noticed similarities in the artists’ lyrics. In “I Heard You’re Married,” The Weeknd sings, “You manifested this, but girl, I blame myself.” Similarly, Grande sings about manifesting on her song “just like magic.” 

Vulture points out that the “too good to be true” chorus in The Weeknd’s newest song “could be pulling from a favorite saying of Ari’s, which appears on songs like ‘positions’ (‘You’re just too good to be true’) and ‘someone like u’ (‘Baby this time, please don’t be too good to be true’).”

The last piece of convincing evidence is that rapper Lil Wayne is featured on “I Heart Your Married.” Coincidentally, he also appeared on Grande’s 2016 hit “Let Me Love You,” which many believe could have been about her possible relationship with The Weeknd.

The world-renowned artist told Variety that Grande was instrumental in introducing him to mega-producer Max Martin. Martin launched The Weeknd into global fame with “In the Night” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” At the time of the Variety interview, The Weeknd said, “Ariana was kinda my foot in the door with Max, my chance to show him ‘I can play this game.'”

The Voice coach has not made a public comment about the new song.

Grande’s new husband

After a tumultuous and very public relationship with comedian Pete Davidson, Grande began dating Gomez. In May 2021, the singer married the real estate agent in an intimate ceremony in Montecito, California.

As People reported at the time, Grande’s rep sent out a statement. “The room was so happy and full of love,” it read. “The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”

While despite the Weeknd’s other high-profile relationships, fans can’t help but wonder if his latest song pays homage to what could have been with Grande.

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