Belinda Goes Bélica as She Takes Aim at Ex Christian Nodál on Prickly Single ‘Cactus’

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Belinda - Credit: Imagine It Media/Warner Music Mexico
Belinda - Credit: Imagine It Media/Warner Music Mexico

Belinda has a point: Therapy’s helpful, but when it comes to heartbreak, music is the antidote.

On Wednesday night, the Mexican pop star released her single “Cactus,” a corrido-pop song that hears her take aim at her ex-fiancé (and música Mexican heartthrob) Christian Nodál — in his own genre.

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“What was the point of tattooing my eyes, only to erase them with someone else’s?” asks Belinda on the track, backed by tuba and requnito, as she references her ex. After the couple’s breakup in 2022, Nodál covered up a chest tattoo of her eyes with wings.

The Flakka-directed video sees Belinda as a vaquera in a Wild West-themed setting. She sings the post-breakup lyrics from a crashed car, inside a saloon, and from a middle-of-nowhere phone booth. “If only they knew how you treated me/A rock that was fake/In an engagement that was just for show,” she sings.

One part of the video sees Belinda in a seeming fever dream with a man meant to represent Nodál, who has her tied up in a ring of fire and whose chest tattoo of her eyes seems to bleed. The video ends with the singer covered in cactus needles before they start to bloom into bright flowers.

“Now, the spell is broken,” she declares in English at the end of the clip.

Belinda and Nodál announced the end of their relationship in February 2022, nearly a year after getting engaged. Nodál is now dating Argentine star Cazzu, with whom he welcomed a child in September. “I made [“Cazzualidades”] for the mother of my child,” he told Rolling Stone last September. “We’re going through a very precious chapter as individual human beings, as a team, and as a couple. I love screaming about our love to the rooftops.”

The new song from Belinda comes after a year of no music from her. In 2022, she worked with Abraham Mateo on “Me Encantaría,” Ana Mena on “Las 12,” and Lérica on “No Estamos Tan Locos.” She announced that she had signed to Warner Music Latina last August.

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