Did The Weeknd close out Coachella with savage voicemail from ex Bella Hadid?
Indio, California – Sadly, Coachella's grand return has come to a close, as The Weeknd seemed to continued his savagery once again.
The music festival of all fests ended on Sunday night, returning with a vengeance for the past two weekends after a two-year Covid-19 hiatus.
The event finished out with a headlining set by The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia, who replaced Kanye West on the bill after he somewhat inexplicably dropped out of the lineup days before.
The Weeknd used his weekend one set to play the biggest hits from his catalog, and kept those coming on Sunday night.
But it was his inclusion of a mysterious voicemail that stirred tons of speculation.
Ahead of performing his song Moth to a Flame, the 32-year-old – whose given name is Abel Tesfaye – played a short voicemail recording that sounded like an ex with post-breakup regret.
Since last weekend, many have guessed the recording's unnamed woman was the singer's ex girlfriend Bella Hadid. The pop star and the model dated from 2015 to 2019.
"Hey, it’s me. I know it’s been a while, but I was just thinking about you, and I’m sorry about everything," the female voice echoed over the crowd. "I miss you."
Festivalgoers have been quick to slam the singer and pin the target on Bella, calling him "heartless" and "savage" on social media.
Yet, some internet sleuths have a different theory – and it appears to be more accurate.
Reddit users claimed the voice belongs to singer Ruth Radelet, a member of the former electronic band Chromatics – who remixed The Weeknd's song Blinding Lights. The same recorded message can be heard in their video version of the song, released in 2020.
So perhaps the recording is a fake voicemail after all, and Bella is in the clear.
Cover photo: Collage: REUTERS & Instagram/bellahadid