27 Facts About The Weeknd

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Last updated on February 18th, 2022 at 09:41 pm

Who is The Weeknd? The Weeknd is a Canadian singer-songwriter and record producer. 

Well-known for his dark lyricism, which often explores escapism and romance, The Weeknd has released five albums since his debut back in 2010.

His hit songs feature “Blinding Lights”, “Starboy”, and “The Hills”.

His considerable fame has led him to great commercial success as he currently has sold over 12.5 million certified physical albums and 86 million certified digital single units in the US. Of these, three have gone platinum.

The Weeknd Real Name

Who is The Weeknd? The Weeknd’s real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye.


The Weeknd revealed that he was given the nickname “Diapers” by his entourage since he is always changing his mind in regard to his work.

How Did The Weeknd Get His Name?

His stage name was chosen in tribute to when he dropped out of high school at 17 years old, and “left one weekend and never came home”.

The Weeknd Birthdate

The Weeknd was born on February 16, 1990.

The Weeknd Age

How old is The Weeknd? As of 2022 January, The Weeknd is 31 years of age.

The Weeknd Height

How Tall is The Weeknd? The Weeknd’s height is 5’ 8” (1.72 m).


Where is The Weeknd from? The Weeknd was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Check out this list to see19 famous artists from Canada!

Where Does The Weeknd Live now?

The Weeknd lives in his hometown in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

What Race is The Weeknd?

The Weeknd was born to Ethiopian immigrants Makkonen Tesfaye and Samrawit Hailu, meaning his ethnicity is Ethiopian.

Zodiac Sign

The Weeknd’s Zodiac Sign is Aquarius.

The Weeknd Net Worth

How much is The Weeknd worth? The Weeknd net worth in 2021 has been estimated to be around $200 million.

The Weeknd House

The Weeknd has purchased a 33,000-square-foot mansion in Bel Air that cost him $70 million.

It includes features such as a sports court, a sauna, a hammam, an outdoor infinity pool, and a movie theater.

The Weeknd Instagram

The Weeknd has over 36 million followers on his Instagram, which he actively posts.

Is The Weeknd Gay?

The Weeknd has been in heterosexual relationships and has not claimed to be gay.

Who did The Weeknd Date?

Who has The Weeknd dated? The Weeknd began dating Bella Hadid in 2015 but broke up with her on good terms in 2016.

He again dated Bella for a while from April 2018 to August 2019. The Weeknd also dated Selena Gomez for nine months after his initial breakup with Bella.

Why Did Selena and The Weeknd Break Up?

Not much is known why Selena Gomez and The Weeknd only dated for a few months, but one of the reasons claimed for the breakup was Selena rekindling her friendship with Justin Bieber.

Is The Weeknd Dating Doja Cat?

The Weeknd was spotted out with Doja Cat at a sushi restaurant, a sighting that sparked dating rumors, but nothing has been confirmed as true.

It is worth noting that these two collaborated on a song, “You Right”.

Who is The Weeknd dating now?

The Weeknd has dated multiple women in the past but as of 2022, he is currently single.

What Happened to The Weeknd?

The Weeknd has appeared with bandages on his face as part of the cinematic story being told in his music videos.

Why Did The Weeknd Get Plastic Surgery?

You might be wondering what is happening with The Weeknd’s face in the video “Save Your Tears”.

The Weeknd plastic surgery we see is neither a facelift nor botox, and instead, his look is achieved with prosthetics.

The Weeknd in Blinding Lights is bloody as he continues the story of the character we originally see in “Heartless,” and this character shows a completely new face in “Save Your Tears”. 

What Genre is The Weeknd?

Each of The Weeknd’s albums has a different feel to them, and this creates a wide range of genres he can be sorted into.

These genres are R&B, alternative R&B, pop, and even dream pop. 

The Weeknd can mainly be recognized by his dark lyrics which mostly play into alternative R&B. 

How Did The Weeknd Get Famous?

In 2010, The Weeknd began to upload songs to YouTube.

The songs, which were created by producer Jeremy Rose, drew the attention of many listeners and even celebrities like Drake.

This was the launch of his career in music.

The Weeknd Dreads

The Weeknd began to sport dreads back in 2015 but swapped out the style in 2017 for a box fade.

The Weeknd Parents

The Weeknd’s parents are Samra and Makkonen Tesfaye, who have been separated for decades.

Save Your Tears

“Save Your Tears” is the creation of both The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, a song from his fourth studio album, After Hours.

The song was such a hit that it spent 27 weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.

Daft Punk

When asked about the official breakup of Daft Punk, The Weeknd expressed his awe for the duo as he said, “Those guys are one of the reasons I make music, so I can’t even compare them to other people.”

Dawn FM

Dawn FM, The Weeknd’s new album has been compared to Thriller by Michael Jackson, but this claim has received negative fan feedback as some see the comparison as inadequate.

Written by Bo Weber

Supporting artists since 2014


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