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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, SZA & Travis Scott Shoot 'GoT' Music Video, 'Power is Power'

The Weeknd, SZA & Travis Scott
'GoT' Inspired Music Vid is Coming Check Out the BTS Shots

"Game of Thrones" is all about winter right now, but the music that's on its way inspired by the hit show's gonna be way more fire than ice ... with some huge stars at the forefront. TMZ's… READ MORE >

The Weeknd Buys Ownership Stake In Major eSports Group

The Weeknd
Buys Ownership Stake In Major eSports Group!!!

The Weeknd is gunning for eSports supremacy -- buying an ownership stake in one of Canada's biggest gaming franchises, TMZ Sports has learned.  The singer is now a part-owner of OverActive… READ MORE >

- 71 days ago
The Weeknd Sued for Stealing 'Starboy' from Comic Book Writer

The Weeknd
Sued for Stealing 'Starboy' From Comic Book Writer

The Weeknd's superhero alter ego, "Starboy," was an idea stolen from another comic book creator ... according to the lawsuit the author's filed against the singer.  Eymun Talasazan, the comic… READ MORE >

- 218 days ago
The Weeknd Catches Bra From Fan in Front of Bella Hadid

The Weeknd
Catches Bra from Fan While Bella Looks On ... 'You're Gonna Get Me in Trouble Out Here Guys!'

The Weeknd played it cool in a normally awkward situation ... catching a fan's bra mid-performance while his GF, Bella Hadid, looked on. Abel performed in his hometown of Toronto Tuesday night at… READ MORE >

- 225 days ago
The Weeknd Asks Bella Hadid to Live With Him in $60k a Month Condo

The Weeknd
Hey, Bella ..... Shack Up with Me in My New $60k/Month Condo!!!

The Weeknd and Bella Hadid are getting VERY serious ... so serious in fact, he's asked her to come live with him in an incredible new NYC condo. Sources close to the couple tell us the singer… READ MORE >

- 238 days ago
The Weeknd Narrowly Avoids Being Hit by Falling Object from Stage

The Weeknd
Look Out Below Narrowly Avoids Getting Hit By Stage Equipment

The Weeknd avoided near disaster when an unsecured object fell from the top of a stage and landed just feet away from the singer.  Abel posted a clip from his performance in Mexico City… READ MORE >

- 241 days ago
Bella Hadid Getting Birthday Kiss From The Weeknd in New York City

Bella Hadid
Birthday Kiss ... PDA With The Weeknd

Bella Hadid is getting wishes for a happy 22nd birthday ... and passionate kisses from The Weeknd.  The super cute couple was in New York City Tuesday celebrating Bella's bday… READ MORE >

- 254 days ago
'Nervous' Cardi B Rocks Global Citizen Festival, First Big U.S. Gig Since Having Baby

Cardi B
'Nervous' Back in the Spotlight ... At Global Citizen Fest

Cardi B just took the stage for her first major performance in America since giving birth less than 3 months ago, and she may have been nervous and sweaty ... but she crushed it! The "I Like It"… READ MORE >

- 264 days ago
Firework Explodes in Crowd During ODESZA Set at Life is Beautiful

Firework Explodes into Crowd During Music Festival Set

9:20 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ one of the pyrotechnics fell over when the firework unit malfunctioned, causing a spark to shoot out. Two people in the crowd suffered minor… READ MORE >

- 269 days ago
The Weeknd and Daft Punk Sued for Stealing 'Starboy'

The Weeknd & Daft Punk
Sued for Stealing 'Starboy'

If The Weeknd's huge hit, "Starboy," had a familiar sound, it's not because Daft Punk produced it ... it's because the song is a rip-off ... or so another artist claims in a lawsuit. A… READ MORE >

- 275 days ago
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