The Weeknd, pen name of Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada), was a Canadian rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter best known for his explicit songs about sex and drugs, many of which were autobiographical, as well as his soaring falsetto and its distinctive tremolo.
Numerous awards and nominations have been bestowed upon him, including three Grammy Awards, nineteen Billboard Music Awards, fifteen Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and an Academy Award nomination.
Tesfaye was arrested in January 2015 in Las Vegas for allegedly punching a police officer while being taken into an elevator to break up a fight. He entered a plea of not guilty and was sentenced to fifty hours of community service.
|Name||Abel Makkonen Tesfaye or The Weeknd|
|Genre||Singer, Songwriter and Co-producer|
|Born||February 16, 1990, in Toronto, Ontario|
|Net worth||$100 million|
Tesfaye was criticised in January 2019 for some of the lyrics in his and Gesaffelstein’s single “Lost in the Fire.” The second verse of the song begins “You said you’re into girls, said you’re going through a phase / Keeping your heart safe / Well, baby, you can bring a friend / She can ride on top your face / While I fuck you straight,” was accused of being homophobic, fetishizing bisexuality, and perpetuating the myth that a person who identifies as LGBTQ+ can be “turned straight.”
However, some listeners have suggested that the lyrics refer to a sexual position. Tesfaye addressed the controversy quietly in the song “Snowchild” from his fourth studio album After Hours, writing, “Every month another accusation / The only thing I’m afraid of is failing.”
Who is The Weeknd Dating at the Moment?
Although The Weeknd is believed to be single at the moment (although those Angelina Jolie dating rumours have been rife), he has been in two highly public relationships since rocketing to fame. The singer has previously been linked to supermodel Bella Hadid and singer and actress Selena Gomez but has also been linked to a few other ladies.
The Weeknd’s Dating History!
After being linked to DJ and socialite Simi Khadra in April 2021, The Weeknd was rumoured to have romanced her again in early 2022. Simi is friends with model Bella Hadid, who famously dated The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – for four years until August 2019. Simi and the singer were spotted in February 2022 at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, following reports that Bella had unfollowed both Abel and Simi on Instagram.
The Weeknd and Angelina Jolie sparked dating rumours in July 2021 after they were spotted in Los Angeles enjoying a cosy dinner together. The pair was spotted moments apart leaving Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. They were later spotted on another secret date’ at a Los Angeles concert.
Selena Gomez, The Weeknd’s ex-girlfriend, met Angelina’s ex-husband Brad in 2016, while they were still married. That same year, The Weeknd released his chart-topping single ‘Party Monster,’ which included a nod to both Angelina and Selena. Then, in his 2016 chart-topping single ‘Starboy,’ he made a reference to Pitt, singing, “Let a Brad Pitt, the legend of the fall, steal the year like a bandit.”
According to The Sun, Angelina Jolie took her 17-year-old son Pax to meet The Weeknd during a recent family trip to New York prior to their alleged date night. In September 2021, the rumoured couple returned to Giorgio Baldi, but this time together, with Angelina exiting the restaurant in The Weeknd’s SUV car.
From 2015 to 2019, The Weeknd dated supermodel Bella Hadid in an on-again, off-again relationship, breaking up and reuniting multiple times. The couple met when The Weeknd approached Hadid about being a part of his album’s artwork.
They began dating in early 2015 and appeared together for the first time at Coachella that year. Bella appeared in the music video for The Weeknd’s song ‘In The Night’ that December. They initially parted ways in November 2016 due to scheduling conflicts.
A month after their breakup, Bella walked in The Weeknd’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. “This is his second year performing, and I believe he’s going to crush it,” Hadid told E! News. He is my best friend, and I am anticipating his performance because I will be walking.”
The Weeknd began dating Selena Gomez in January 2017, but the pair ended their relationship in September. Bella and The Weeknd rekindled their romance in May 2018, only to call it quits again in August 2019.
In January 2017, two months after his initial split from Bella Hadid, The Weeknd began dating former Disney star, Selena Gomez. The pair were photographed getting close at Coachella in April and debuted on the red carpet at the Met Gala in May.
They moved in together in Greenwich Village, New York, in September but separated a month later. The Weeknd’s 2018 EP My Dear Melancholy is believed to have made numerous references to his relationship with Gomez.
The Weeknd was romantically linked to Spanish singer-songwriter Rosala in late 2020 after she appeared on his hit single ‘Blinding Lights’ remix. Rumours of romance began to circulate after the pair appeared up-close and personal in the single’s promotional shots, as well as the artwork. Neither party has responded to the rumours, and it is believed that the pair are simply friends and collaborators.
The Weeknd was spotted in 2018 at Coachella with his arm around the model and DJ Chantel Jeffries, shortly before reuniting with Bella Hadid. While it is unknown whether Jeffries and The Weeknd were romantically involved, they do share one thing in common – Justin Bieber. Jeffries previously dated Justin Bieber in 2014, while The Weeknd dated Bieber’s ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez in 2017.
In November 2017, shortly after his split from Selena Gomez, The Weeknd was reportedly spotted holding hands with model Yovanna Ventura. ‘The Weeknd was there the entire night, hand-in-hand with Yovanna Ventura,’ a source told Us Weekly at the time. ‘They arrived in unison.
They were clasped together. He was there for a solid two hours with her, and they held hands everywhere they went.’ It is unknown how serious things became between the two. Surprisingly, Justin Bieber was previously rumoured to have dated Ventura.
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