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The Weeknd

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is a recording artist. He was born on February 16, 1990 and was raised as an only child by his mom, Samra, and his grandmother in Toronto. His dad, Makkonen, was absent for most of his life. His mom emigrated from Ethiopia in the 1980s and The Weeknd remains close to his roots. Growing up, he went to Ethiopian Orthodox church and lists Amharis as his first language. The musician never completed high school. The Weeknd credits fellow Canadian and friend Drake for helping to launch his career. He draws musical inspiration from Michael Jackson and has a special affinity for “Dirty Diana.” In 2011, he released three mixtapes, which became his first album, titled “Trilogy.” The Weeknd’s next album was “Kiss Land,” but it was the one that followed, “Starboy,” that broke all sorts of Spotify records in 2016. He also worked with pop producer Max Martin to re-write the Arianna Grande hit “Love Me Harder” and sang “Earned It” from the “50 Shades of Grey” soundtrack. He was once known for his outrageous hairstyle, but has since opted for a more mainstream look. The Weeknd often finds himself in the tabloids for his love life. He dated model Bella Hadid for 18 months until they split in November 2016. He began seeing singer/actress Selena Gomez soon after. They were first spotted together in January 2017.

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The Weeknd Drops $18 Million on Hidden Hills Mega Mansion (PHOTO GALLERY)

The Weeknd
Heads to the Hills for $20 Mil ... Snaps Up Mega Mansion

The Weeknd has a new place to call home in one of the richest areas of L.A. -- he just copped one helluva mansion in Hidden Hills for nothing short of $18 million. Abel's new pad sits on 3… READ MORE >

Kendrick Lamar Takes Over The Weeknd's Concert in L.A. on 25th Riot Anniversary (VIDEO)

Kendrick Lamar
Takes Over For The Weeknd ... On L.A. Riot's 25th Anniversary

Kendrick Lamar crashed The Weeknd's L.A. concert ... on a night that marked a seminal moment in history for the City of Angels. Abel brought out K-Dot Saturday night for his show at The Forum in… READ MORE >

- 24 days ago
The Weeknd and Selena Gomez Make Out in Between Snack Breaks at Coachella (VIDEO)

Selena Gomez, The Weeknd
Suck Face at Coachella Between Food & Beverage

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd had to sneak some affection at Coachella ...making out in between snack breaks. The couple roamed the grounds of the Empire Polo Club this weekend with friends, when… READ MORE >

- 37 days ago
Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Pack On PDA At Friend's Bday Party

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd
We're Instagram Official Now Too

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd have officially gone social media official ... with one of them finally including the other in a post. The Weeknd posted a pic of the pair early Saturday, with Selena… READ MORE >

- 46 days ago
Selena Gomez & The Weeknd Start The Weekend Early with Romantic Dinner Date (PHOTOS)

Selena Gomez & The Weeknd
I Feel It Coming ... Start The Weekend Early

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are still going strong and took in a romantic dinner Thursday night in Hollywood. The couple got a jump-start on the weekend at new hot spot TAO's Beauty & Essex… READ MORE >

- 47 days ago
The Weeknd Cuts Selena Gomez's PDA Short in Argentina (VIDEO)

The Weeknd to Selena Gomez
Get Off Me, Girl ... Paps Are Watching

The Weeknd was all about Selena Gomez's public cuddling ... until he noticed paparazzi watching. Paps got the couple Tuesday showing some extreme PDA while strolling around Buenos Aires… READ MORE >

- 56 days ago
Selena Gomez Is Looking Forward to The Weeknd (PHOTO)

Selena Gomez
Looking Forward to The Weeknd

Selena Gomez had the best time watching The Weeknd from backstage ... her face confirms it. Abel was performing Sunday in Brazil for his Starboy tour -- and Selena's clearly enchanted… READ MORE >

- 58 days ago
Selena Gomez Smooching The Weeknd in Paris (PHOTO + VIDEO)

Selena Gomez
The Weeknd's Made for This

Selena Gomez staked her claim on The Weeknd with a serious this-is-MY-bf kiss on his cheek ... which we're sure had nothing to do with you-know-who being in town too. Selena packed… READ MORE >

- 83 days ago
The Weeknd, Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid Close Encounters of Zee French Kind (PHOTOS)

Selena, The Weeknd & Bella Hadid
Paris Is Big Enough For All Of Us ... Oui ou Non?

If The Weeknd has any menage a trois fantasies ... this would be the time to let Selena Gomez know -- the couple's in Paris, and staying just a few minutes away from his ex, Bella Hadid. Selena… READ MORE >

- 85 days ago
Justin Bieber is Pissed!!! (VIDEO)

Justin Bieber
I'm So Pissed!!!

We know Justin Bieber's pissed at The Weeknd ... but who knew it was literal? Biebs was cruisin' along Wednesday in WeHo in $400 sweats that will now resell on eBay for either a… READ MORE >

- 90 days ago
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