The Weeknd has left his fans devastated after he revealed that he wants to ‘kill off’ his music persona as he now wants to go by his real name.
The 33-year-old singer, whose birth name is Abel Tesfaye, said in an interview with W Magazine that he’s preparing to close the Weeknd chapter.
“I’m going through a cathartic path right now,” he said.
“It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter,” Abel continued, adding that he will continue to “make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd.”
The singer rose to fame as The Weeknd with his 2016 album Starboy.
“I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually. I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn,” he went on.
“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.”
The ex-boyfriend of Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid also revealed that being The Weeknd and Abel the actor at the same time takes a toll on his health.
“I had to take off the Weeknd outfit, put on Tedros’s wig, shoot with Jocelyn, then go back to being The Weeknd,” he shared.
“Then, after the concert, I lost my voice. No voice came out at all. That’s never happened before.
“My theory is that I forgot how to sing because I was playing Tedros, a character who doesn’t know how to sing. I may be looking too deeply into this, but it was terrifying.”
Abel also revealed that it was difficult for him to step into acting.
“It was a challenge to redo The Idol, and, in truth, I sacrificed my health and home to make it work. So, let’s say it comes out and it’s f***ing horrible. I still know I did my absolute best,” he shared.
“From what I’ve seen, the show is great. Everything is a risk: When you’ve done the best you can, I would call that a happy ending.”
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