The Weeknd has announced a name change after ‘killing off’ his persona.
The ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ singer, 33, is one of the biggest-selling artists of this century – with ‘Blinding Lights’ holding the record for the most streamed song on Spotify.
The Weeknd is also known for his hits such as ‘Heartless’, ‘Starboy’ and ‘I Feel It Coming’.
He has picked up a number of awards, including four Grammy Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards and six American Music Awards.
The Weeknd has also bagged an Academy Award nomination for his song ‘Earned It’ – which was part of the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.
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Along with making chart-topping songs, fans are attracted to the hidden messages scattered throughout his tracks, which adds to the mystique that surrounds his persona.
But it now seems that the ‘Call Out My Name’ artist is making a drastic change to his identity.
The Weeknd has announced that he will be using his real name – Abel Tesfaye – as he plans to ‘kill off’ his current persona.
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However, the handles to both of these accounts still remain The Weeknd.
The ‘Reminder’ singer announced the news during an interview with W Magazine – in which he said his upcoming album will be his ‘last hurrah’ as The Weeknd.
“I’m going through a cathartic path right now,” he told the publication.
“It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter.
“I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd.
“But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually. I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn.”
‘The Hills’ singer added that he has ‘said everything’ he can say as The Weeknd.
He explained: “I left home when I was about 17 dropped out of high school and convinced Lamar to do the same lol. We grabbed our mattresses from our parents threw it in our friend’s s****y van and left one weekend and never came back home.
“I hated my name at the time though so I tried it as a stage name. It sounded cool. I took out the ‘e’ because there was already a Canadian band named the weekend.”
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After making small appearances in Uncut Gems, American Dad and The Simpsons, The Weeknd is set to star in his first leading role.
The Idol will see the ‘Save Your Tears’ singer act opposite Lily Rose-Depp in the HBO drama The Idol.
The series comes from Euphoria creator Sam Levinson and follows troubled popstar Jocelyn (Rose Depp) who forms a complex relationship with the cult leader and self-help guru Tedros (Tesfaye).
The Idol will be available to watch on HBO Max on June 4 in the US and Sky Atlantic on June 5 in the UK.
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