Who’s ready for the Weeknd? The musician that is. We sure are! The Grammy Award Winning artist is coming to STAPLES Center to grace us with his voice. Before he joins us, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about this Starboy:
1. His real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye
He came up with his name “The Weeknd” after he packed a bag, dropped out of school, left one weekend, and never came home. The Weeknd removed the “e” to avoid copyright issues with a Canadian band that also went by the same name.
2. He Is Of Ethiopian Descent
The Weeknd was born in Canada but his parents are Ethiopian and emigrated from Ethiopia in the 80s. He also speaks the native language, Amharic, fluently.
3. An Aquarius
The Weeknd was born on February 16, 1990 making him 30 years old. He is an air sign and is most compatible with an Aries, Gemini, Libra, and Sagittarius. Bella Hadid happens to be a Libra!
4. Camera Shy
During the beginning of his career, The Weeknd struggled with confidence and did not like to be on the spotlight. He often declined interview requests and did not like to be photographed.
5. Didn't Leave Toronto Until He Was 21
He describes himself as a “city cat” who enjoyed growing up in Canada. He had never been on a plane until he decided to leave at the age of 21!
6. Did Some Modeling
He modeled Kanye West’s YEEZY Season 1 Collection for Adidas in a GQ photoshoot.
7. Worked At American Apparel
Before his singing career took off, he worked at American Apparel folding clothes. His co-workers listened to his music without knowing it was him while he remained truly anonymous.
8. An Only Child
The Weeknd was raised by his single mother and grandmother and often wished he had a sibling, specifically a brother.
9. Made His U.S. Debut At Coachella
His U.S. debut was at none other than Coachella in 2012! He was scared during his performance and after watching the video he felt discouraged and horrified but it's safe to say the crowd LOVED it!
10. Awkward First Encounter With Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift reportedly was intrigued by his one-of -a-kind hairstyle and spent 15 minutes stroking his hair at a post Grammy's party. She also admitted she was a big fan!
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