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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.

The Weeknd's Tour Members Under Police Investigation for Rape

The Weeknd
Cops Investigate Alleged Post-Concert Rape ... Singer Not Involved

Two temporary crew members on tour with The Weeknd are under criminal investigation after a woman claims she was raped backstage following the singer's show ... but we're told The Weeknd… READ MORE >

The Weeknd Bailed on VMAs Because He Just Wasn't Into It

The Weeknd
Here's Why I Bailed on the VMAs ...

The Weeknd was a no-show at the VMAs this weekend, and the reason isn't all that complicated ... he just didn't feel like it. Abel left a lot of people high and dry ... the MTV folks announced… READ MORE >

- 53 days ago
Selena Gomez & The Weeknd Clingy on Grocery Store Run

Selena Gomez & The Weeknd
Hangin' On for Dear Life!!!

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are not only inseparable ... they're attached. The couple squeezed in some grocery shopping Monday in L.A. and squeezed each other. They hit up a local organic… READ MORE >

- 59 days ago
The Weeknd Shields New Home with Ficus Shrubs

The Weeknd
I Got Totally Ficused!!!

The Weeknd has clearly learned from his famous friends, security gates are not all they're cracked up to be, so he's made his new home disappear with the help of a wall of ficus plants. Abel… READ MORE >

- 96 days ago
Selena Gomez Goes Braless in Little Black Dress (PHOTO)

Selena Gomez
Braless in Her LBD Beware the Camera Flash

Looks like the only support Selena Gomez is getting these days is from her bf, The Weeknd ... based on the braless shots of her leaving dinner in NYC. They're in town for his shows at… READ MORE >

- 135 days ago
Selena Gomez & The Weeknd's Silky Date Night in Harlem (PHOTO)

Selena Gomez & The Weeknd
Reservations for 2 (Plus Our Small Cavalry)

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd turned the streets of Harlem into their own runway show ... flanked by bodyguards, of course. The couple stepped out Monday night dressed to the nines --… READ MORE >

- 136 days ago
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 >

- 151 days ago
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 >

- 173 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 >

- 186 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 >

- 195 days ago
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