The Weeknd Retiring His Name?
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, revealed in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that he’s ready to “retire” his music industry moniker. The 27-year-old told the publication he’s toying with the idea of “pulling a Ziggy Stardust,” referencing David Bowie’s on-stage persona who ceased to exist after 1973.
“Maybe I’ll retire from being The Weeknd, or maybe I’ll just give him a break,” he said.
The move is likely an effort to maintain some level of “mystery” surrounding aspects of his personal life, a concept the Canadian musician holds dear.
“I’m not in a rush to let people know everything about me. Mystery is always great,” he revealed. “Luckily, the only thing the world demands of me is music. I don’t have to give them anything else for the rest of my life.”
The Weeknd is notoriously private, seldom opening up in interviews about anything other than his music.
In rare moments of openness, however, he goes deep. During a 2016 interview with Billboard, The Weeknd spoke at length about the characters portrayed in his music, all of whom he claimed were versions of himself.
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