Currently speaking, this talented R&B star currently known as “The Weeknd” or Abel Mekonnen Tesfaye has been blowing up North America with his hit singles such as “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”. These singles have even launched him amongst the very best in worldwide music charts. However, despite all of the fame and fortune many don’t know that he is homegrown from right here in Scarborough, Ontario. As the stage is set for him to wow more audiences, we thought we would share a couple fun facts that you didn’t know about this Canadian Icon.
The Reason For The Hair?
Tesfaye has been known for his crazy hairstyle amongst all of his fans, except very few people actually know the reason he grows it this way. He states that even though his crazy hairstyle gives him pain when sleeping he has no immediate plans to get rid of it. He claims that his hair is what gives him his identity. The style which has been describ
ed as “double mullet” “rooster’s comb” “a tsunami of hair” was first inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat and this entire time he has kept it going using nothing but occasional hard shampoo. He states that although it draws unnecessary attention, he has adopted it into his identity and therefore intends on leaving it.
He Lived In a Haunted House.
After his release of his album “Kissland” Tesfaye was looking for a change of scenery. He settled on a place in L.A which he insists is haunted. He has been quoted saying “”I’ve had sleep paralysis. I hear voices sometimes. I heard the Hills are over Indian burial ground. But maybe it’s just the wind.” Either way after soon abandoning his house he has never returned to it and whenever he is in L.A, he would much rather choose a hotel.
He Still Keeps In Touch With Drake.
It has been well known by many that Drake gave Tesfaye a big start when he started posting Tesfaye’s tracks to his own fans, but few know that these two still hold quite a relationship. Tesfaye has been quoted saying “It’s a Toronto thing” and then goes on to state as well that he has nothing but gratitude for Drake. This is all true despite many hit songs that Tesfaye’s songwriters have brought forth, ended up on Drake’s album. He states, “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.”
Whatever it is about him, his hair or his celebrity friends, he has become one of the largest R&B acts the world has ever seen, once again showing all Canadians in the music business that anything is possible.
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