The Weeknd Reverts to His Real Name After ‘Killing Off’ His Persona

The Weeknd has reverted back to using his real name after he announced that he planned on ‘killing off’ the persona under which he has performed since he first rose to fame.

The star has now changed his Twitter name to his birth name, however his Twitter handle still remains @theweeknd.

Now, The Weeknd is one of the biggest stars in the industry today. Born as Abel Tesfaye in Scarborough near Toronto back in 1990, the star has gone by his stage name since 2010.

He has previously discussed his younger years as being a difficult time, where the star experienced homelessness and addiction after dropping out of education aged seventeen.

Now aged thirty-three, Tesfaye has gone on to become one of the most successful musicians of the last decade, having sold over seventy-five million records and even being dubbed the ‘world’s most popular artist’ earlier this year by Guinness World Records.

Some of his most famous tracks include ‘Blinding Lights’, which held a spot in the Billboard top ten for an entire year, as well as ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, ‘Starboy’ and ‘Earned It’.

Aside from success in the charts, Tesfaye has also received critical acclaim. To date, the star has won 4 Grammy Awards, twenty Billboard Music Awards and 6 American Music Awards. He has even been nominated for an Academy Award for his track ‘Earned It’ for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

However, the star is set to expand his skillset, as he is set to star in The Idol alongside Lily-Rose Depp, an upcoming HBO drama revolving around the world of music. Tesfaye plays a cult leader and self-help guru who becomes involved with Depp’s character, an aspiring pop idol.

His role in the show might be a sign that Tesfaye is planning to step back from his current industry, as he opened up to W Magazine about the future of the project of The Weeknd.

“The album I’m working on now is probably my last hurrah as The Weeknd. This is something that I have to do. As The Weeknd, I’ve said everything I can say,” he shared.

He continued to say that he may make music ‘as Abel, or maybe The Weeknd,’ but that he plans to ‘kill’ his persona as we know it.

“And I will. Eventually. I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn,” he added.

In the interview, he touched on his transition from music to the screen: “Film and TV is a new creative muscle for me. I don’t release my music until I think it is great. Why would this be any different?”

Tesfaye created the show alongside Reza Fahim and Euphoria showrunner Sam Levinson. He is also on track to produce the soundtrack for the show.

The Idol will also star big names such as Dan Levy, Troye Sivan, Eli Roth and Suzanna Son. It is set to come to HBO on June 4 later this year.

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