Turns out, The Weeknd was this close to donating one of his kidneys to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez. The “Starboy” singer reportedly got tested as soon as he found out about Selena’s battle with lupus, but unfortunately, The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) was not a match.
“When Selena found out that she definitely needed the kidney transplant she was freaked out at first, and scared,” a source told Hollywood Life. “Abel was totally there for Selena though, and he immediately told her that if he is a match he would totally be willing to donate one of his kidneys. And, he meant it, because he did really love Selena and was willing to do anything for her. Abel researched the process and even went and got tested, but he wasn’t a match.”
In his new song, “Call Out My Name,” The Weeknd seemingly sings about the experience and the couple’s eventual split. “I said I didn’t feel nothing, baby, but I lied / I almost cut a piece of myself for your life / Guess I was just another pit stop / ‘Til you made up your mind / You just wasted my time,” read the lyrics in the heartbreaking ballad from his new album My Dear Melancholy.
Ultimately, it was Selena’s BFF Francia Raisa who ended up donating her kidney to the former Disney Channel star last summer. “My kidneys were just done,” Selena said on The Today Show last October. “I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life… the thought of asking somebody to do that was really difficult for me.”
She continued, “I guess I got to the point where it was kind of life or death. It’s really hard to think about or even to swallow, especially now, as soon as I got the kidney transplant my arthritis went away, my lupus there’s about a three or five percent chance it will ever come back, my blood pressure is better, my energy, my life has been better.”