The Weeknd born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He was born on the 16th of  February 1990. He is 30 years old.

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In 2010, he anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd” and released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence in 2011.

This gained him a following and recognition from several mainstream publications due to his dark wave-style of R&B and the mystique surrounding his identity.

Let’s take a look at his biography below.

The Weeknd Real Name

He was born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye but he goes by the stage name The Weeknd.

The Weeknd Age

He was born on the 16th of  February 1990. He is 30 years old.

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The Weeknd Early Life 

The Weeknd was born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye on February 16, 1990, in Toronto, Ontario, and was raised in the district of Scarborough, in the city’s east end.

He is the only child of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye, who were Ethiopian immigrants to Canada in the late 1980s.

Tesfaye was raised by his grandmother and mother after his parents split up. While living with his grandmother Tesfaye learned Amharic, which he also spoke with his mother, and attended Ethiopian Orthodox church services.

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When asked about his father in an interview, Tesfaye stated: “I saw him vaguely when I was six, and then again when I was 11 or 12, and he had a new family and kids.

I don’t even know where he lived — I’d see him for, like, a night. I’m sure he’s a great guy. I never judged him. He wasn’t abusive, he wasn’t an alcoholic, he wasn’t an asshole. He just wasn’t there.”

Tesfaye attended West Hill Collegiate Institute and Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, from which he did not graduate, leaving altogether in 2007, after which Tesfaye also left home.

The spelling was modified in order to avoid trademark issues with the Canadian band The Weekend.

The Weeknd Personal Life

Tesfaye began dating model Bella Hadid at the beginning of 2015; the couple was first seen together in May at Coachella.

Hadid later starred in his music video “In the Night” in December. They also made a red carpet appearance as a couple at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

On November 11, 2016, it was reported that the couple had split; citing their conflicting schedules as the rationale for the relationship’s termination.

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The Weeknd Biography: Real Name, Age, Parents, Hometown, Girlfriend, Net-Worth, Career, Awards,Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Latest Songs

Tesfaye reportedly started dating Selena Gomez in January 2017 and they moved in together temporarily in September 2017 in Greenwich Village, New York.

They broke up in October 2017. By May 2018, Tesfaye and Hadid began dating again, before splitting again in 2019.

Tesfaye’s hairstyle has been claimed to be partly inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat and has been described as his most recognizable trait.

In an interview, he detailed that he began growing it out in 2011, and remarked at the easiness in maintaining it, with “a hard shampoo every once in a while”. He eventually cut his hair in 2016 prior to the release of Starboy.

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The Weeknd Biography: Real Name, Age, Parents, Hometown, Girlfriend, Net-Worth, Career, Awards,Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Latest Songs

In his leisure time, he enjoys watching television and is an avid video game fan. In the context of media outlets reporting cases of police brutality, in 2016, he expressed disdain, tweeting “blue lives murder”.In May 2016, Tesfaye and Belly canceled an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! due to Donald Trump being present.

The Weeknd Career

In 2010, he anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd” and released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence in 2011.

He quickly gained a huge following and a little recognition from several mainstream publications due to his dark wave-style of R&B and the mystique surrounding his identity

House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence were later remastered and re-released on the compilation album Trilogy (2012).

In 2013, The Weeknd released his debut album Kiss Land and followed it up with his most critically acclaimed album to date Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), which became his first Billboard 200 number-one album and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”.

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The Weeknd also became the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart with “Can’t Feel My Face”, “Earned It”, and “The Hills”. At the 56th Grammy Awards, Beauty Behind the Madness won Best Urban Contemporary Album and was nominated for Album of the Year.

A year after the release of the album, The Weeknd released his third album Starboy (2016) which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit “Starboy”. His debut EP My Dear Melancholy (2018) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

Also involved in business ventures, The Weeknd announced a partnership with Puma, as a Global Brand ambassador in 2016. He has his own XO branded merchandise, which was furthered by a collaboration with H&M to present its Spring 2017 campaign.

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In October 2017, he began marketing and promotion on a partnership with Marvel on Instagram. A week later, he attended New York Comic-Con and it was revealed that a Starboy comic book would be released on June 13, 2018, with the title character being a superhero modeled after himself.

The Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, nine Juno Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award.

“The Hills” was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). One of the most successful Canadian artists, The Weeknd was awarded the Allan Slaight Award by Canada’s Walk of Fame for “making a positive impact in the fields of music, film, literature, visual or performing arts, sports, innovation or philanthropy”.He has sold over 70 million records in the US.

The Weeknd Awards and Nominations

The Weeknd has been nominated for several awards and has on many occasions bagged them home. Check out the list of his awards and nominations here.

The Weeknd Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

His official Instagram username is @theweeknd. He is known on Twitter as @theweeknd. His Facebook account is simply The Weeknd.

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The Weeknd Latest Songs

The artist has won the hearts of multitudes of people, especially with his beautiful hit tunes. Among them is the banger,  Might Not, Dare Yourself, Heartless, Hurt You among many others. You can listen and download The Weeknd’s music here.

source: www.wikipedia.org

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