Hot Shots: The Weeknd Dazzles ‘Variety’ [Photos]

Published: Wednesday 8th Apr 2020 by Rashad

From ‘Blinding Lights’ to flashing lights, photographer Pari Dukovic had music superstar The Weeknd striking his best poses for the latest issue of ‘Variety.’

On hand to discuss his latest blockbuster album, ‘After Hours,’ the Grammy winner waxed honest about fears the impact of the coronavirus pandemic would have on the long-awaited project, its accompanying tour, and more.

This side of history may see him the victor of battling those odds as the LP topped the Billboard 200 with gargantuan streaming figures (as we reported here), but behind the unfazed persona the singer (born Abel Tesfaye) wasn’t exactly confident it would.

Look inside to see Tesfaye get personal on this matter, reflect on the darkest days of his life, his Ethiopian heritage, and so much more:


ON WHY HE DECIDED AGAINST DELAYING HIS ALBUM DESPITE THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:

“Fans had been waiting for the album, and I felt like I had to deliver it,” he told ‘Variety.’ “The commercial success is a blessing, especially because the odds were against me: [Music] streaming is down 10%, stores are closed, people can’t go to concerts, but I didn’t care. I knew how important it was to my fans.”

ON LETTING ELTON JOHN HEAR HIS SAMPLE OF ‘YOUR SONG’:

“Before I played it for Elton, I was like, ‘F—, I hope he likes it.’ But he was freakin’ — he was like, ‘Mate, you’re gonna be doing this for a long time!’”

ON TURNING 30:

“I think people say your 30s are your best years because you’re becoming the person you’re supposed to be. And this is the beginning of not just a new chapter but my second decade [as a performer]. I feel like my career is just starting.”

ON THE BEGINNING OF HIS LOVE AFFAIR WITH MUSIC:

“I didn’t know that I had a gift with music, but I was always singing. I was actually getting in trouble because I would sing in class — my poor mother, it became a real problem,” he sighs. “I was really shy so I wasn’t really singing to my friends or girls, but when I was maybe 13, somebody said, ‘You actually have a pretty nice voice.’”

ON HIS CULTURAL BACKGROUND:

“Ethiopian — Amharic — was the first language I learned to form sentences in because my grandma, who raised me with my mom, would not speak English,” he says. “Because of television and being in Canada, I learned English too, but I went to French-immersion school, where you’d get in trouble for speaking English, and I couldn’t speak it to my grandma, so it’s almost like English is my third language, even though now it’s my first.”

Click here to read the feature in full.

[photos courtesy: Pari Dukovic / Variety]

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  1. Only Facts April 8, 2020

    Not interested until he shaves that mustache.

    TGJ – no post about Justin Timberlake liking Zoe Kravitz’s post about Britney Spears on Instagram? Is he still sad about what could’ve been now that he’s been caught cheating on Jessica Biel?

    • Only Facts April 8, 2020

      Kidding ?

      • Xtina4ever April 8, 2020

        Lol that first shot isn’t even Britney that’s some body double you can tell right off the bat and when Britney turns her outfit has changed in the back that’s how I noticed that was Britney’s ass in the begging walking.

  2. I Hate Blllacck n Whyyyte bitchezz April 8, 2020

    where is he going with this old-ass George Jefferson look the old glasses, where is his Kane, I mean he is just over the hill…the women he sleeps with must age him and he 8n California and that’s ho2 he look

    • I Hate Blllacck n Whyyyte bitchezz April 8, 2020

      Fire your Barber and stylist.. The party agree like Maxwell had a natural Afro cause it was uneven. W33kend cut his hair like that, why

    • Fancy BISH April 8, 2020

      He looks the way he looks and you will deal lol ? Bye!

  3. Fancy BISH April 8, 2020

    Loved this! ??????

  4. Ida Sandin April 8, 2020

    Do you know where i can buy i online?!

  5. PinotNoir April 11, 2020

    Creepy cover.

    You went to an orthodontist, then to Weight Watchers.

    We get it. ?

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