The Weeknd Played A Voicemail Apology At Coachella, And People Think It Was From Bella Hadid
This year’s Coachella began with a whole lot of drama, by way of Kanye West pulling out at the last minute, possibly due to the drama in his personal life. He was quickly replaced by The Weeknd, who might have brought some of his own personal life drama to his Coachella set. No, he didn’t sing out an itemized list of all the ways Coachella organizers like to mess with performers’ bank accounts. The Weeknd played a real-sounding voicemail at the end of one of his songs, and a whole lot of people believe it was a very real voicemail from his ex-girlfriend, Bella Hadid.
The Weeknd and Bella Hadid dated off and on between 2015 and 2019, and on the last and final breakup, it sounded like the only thing to come between them was frequent flier miles. Which is to say, they were both super busy with their respective careers and just couldn’t seem to find the time to be with each other. So, it didn’t appear as though there was too much animosity there. Behind the scenes? Who knows. Bella could have been rudely referring to him as “The Monday” (which we all recognize as the worst day of the week), or The Weeknd snidely suggesting Bella’s mom should have bought her a personality instead. But maybe there was some kind of lingering resentment or cell cluster of pettiness that remained with The Weeknd because we went ahead and ended a performance of “Save Your Tears” with a voicemail that may or may not be real, from a woman who may or may not be Bella. Whoever it is can be heard saying:
“Hey, it’s me. I know it’s been a while, but I was just thinking about you, and I’m sorry about everything. I miss you.”
The Weeknd really made an outro on "Save Your Tears" with a Bella Hadid apology voicemail at Coachella pic.twitter.com/NFORB6KKqi
— 😮💨 (@hxsvx7) April 18, 2022
That voicemail is the blue and black/white and gold dress of voicemails. Because there will be people who are adamant that’s not Bella Hadid’s voice (possibly due to there being so much dynamic audible emotion that can be heard), and then there will be people who are 100% convinced that The Weeknd directly copied that message from his iPhone’s voicemail inbox and plugged it into Garage Band to make an outro sample. But if this tweet from this random Twitter user is to be believed, then it definitely wasn’t Bella Hadid’s voice closing out that song at Coachella, but the voice of a spoken word artist by the name of Sarah Lyoness.
The outro includes spoken word recorded in the form of a voicemail by poet Sarah Lyoness. @theweeknd it wasn’t bella hadid
— Rico (@Ricardo_a5) April 18, 2022
Bella hasn’t chimed in on this situation, mostly because she has bigger fish to fry (namely, once again dragging Instagram on social media after getting temporarily shadowbanned from the app for posting support of Palestine). Personally, I don’t believe that’s Bella Hadid. First of all, I don’t believe The Weeknd is the type of person to save voicemails. He’s definitely the type to cynically hit the number “7” in rapid succession to delete without having to listen. But more than that, is that how we think Bella Hadid would leave a voice mail to The Weeknd? You can’t tell me that literally all of The Weeknd’s voicemails don’t begin with the caller being deeply confused. “Hi, is this…actually The Weeknd’s phone? I can’t tell. You replaced your regular outgoing message with some mysterious quote about the futility of perception and love being life’s cruelest joke or something? Listen, call me back if it’s you.”