Beauty Behind The Madness has blasted Canadian crooner The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) into unreal realms of stardom over the course of the last couple of months, especially considering how hectic the ride has been. Tesfaye, who normally avoids interviews, opened up about post-Beauty Behind The Madness fame and more in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone published yesterday (October 21).
Everything from his distinctive hairstyle (“I want to be remembered as iconic and different. So I was like, ‘F**k it—I’m gonna let my hair just be what it wants.’ I’ll probably cut it if it starts interfering with my sight. I can kind of see it right now. But if I cut it, I’d look like everyone else. And that’s just so boring to me.”) to his plans for the future (“I think I’m gonna drop one more album, one more powerful body of work, then take a little break—go to Tokyo or Ethiopia or some s**t.”) was covered, but the centerpiece of the interview seems to be Tesfaye detailing his relationship with fellow Torontonian superstar Drake, including giving him a good chunk of songs intended for his debut project House of Balloons, which eventually found their way onto Drizzy’s second album Take Care.
“I was hungry….I was like, ‘Dude, take anything,'” Tesfaye recalled, and while he still refers to Drake as “my closest friend in the industry at that time.” he still realizes that “I gave up almost half of my album. It’s hard. I will always be thankful — if it wasn’t for the light he shined on me, who knows where I’d be. And everything happens for a reason…You never know what I would say if this success wasn’t in front of me now.”