The Weeknd, also known as Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born in Toronto, Canada on 16 February 1990. His Zodiac sign is Aquarius. Currently, his age is 32 years old. He is a very famous and popular Canadian songwriter, singer, and record producer. He became inspired by Michael Jackson to become a singer. He was also influenced by some R&B stars like The Neptunes, Aaliyah, Timbaland, and Missy Elliott. He first started releasing his mixtapes on his website for free, this was the starting of his career. The mixtapes from which he earned fame to make kickstart his career are Echoes of Silence, House of Balloons, and Thursday. Through these mixtapes, he earned many fans. All his albums started to receive positive reviews from everyone. He was very insecure as a child and was very shy, that is why he had problems performing in front of an audience, but he overcome all his shyness and other problems and now sings brilliantly in front of thousands of people. Earlier he used to avoid interviews also because of his problems and just used to interact with his audience through Twitter. But as time went on and his songs started to come top and earned good reviews, he overcome his problems. So far he has also worked with many successful personalities such as Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, and Drake. He changed his name from Abel Makkonen Tesfaye to The Weeknd because he hated his birth name and The Weeknd’s name seemed pretty cool to him.
Why Did The Weeknd Change His Name?
As already mentioned above that he changed his name from Abel Makkonen Tesfaye to The Weeknd because he hated his birth name and The Weeknd’s name seemed pretty cool to him. First, he wanted The Weekend but figured that there is a band already named The Weekend so he removed the E from his and finalized The Weeknd. The Weeknd has talked about this on Reddit and told everyone that he hated his birth name and wanted a cool name. He also told that he left school at the age of 17 and left home at that age too. So he mentioned that he and Lamar decided one day to leave home and never came back and that was the time when he decided to change his name.
The Weeknd Early Life
The Weeknd, also known as Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born in Toronto, Canada on 16 February 1990. His parents are Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye and he was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and later moved to Canada. He does not have any siblings and he is the only child in his family. His father left him and his mother when The Weeknd was just 1 or 2 years old. His mother was alone and worked very hard as she worked as a caterer and a nurse to support the family. He attended two schools Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute and West Hill Collegiate Institute. He got kicked out of one school and he left one school and also left home at the same time at the age of 17 years old. He then started living with his friends.
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The Weeknd Career
In the year 2010, he made his own Youtube channel and released three mixtapes on that. He started working with Drake too. They both started doing collaborative work with Drake as a vocalist. The mixtapes from which he earned fame to make kickstart his career are Echoes of Silence, House of Balloons, and Thursday. Through these mixtapes, he earned many fans. In the year 2012, he created his band, and then they started performing in various places and at various festivals in Europe and US. Some of his songs that are famous recently are Earned It, The Hills, Out Of Time, Starboy, and Blinding lights. These songs have gained so much fame.
The Weeknd Net Worth
The Weeknd‘s net worth as of now is $300 Million. He has won many awards such as a Grammy award and many more. He is a very famous personality and his fame is increasing day by day. He even has his brand called XO.
The Weeknd Personal Life
In the year 2015, he was in a relationship with Bella Hadid who is a runway model but they broke up in 2016. He also came close with Selena Gomez in the year 2017.
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