The Weeknd is no more. The singer has reverted to his birth name on social media
Popular singer ‘The Weekend’ as changed his name and now officially known online by his real name – Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – after following through on plans to update his social media accounts.
On Monday, the Canadian artist’s Twitter and Instagram accounts had updated to display his birth name rather than his artistic name.
And the change is part of a wider plan to “kill The Weeknd,” Tesfaye told W Magazine in an interview published May 8.
I’m going through a cathartic path right now,” he said.
“It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter. I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd. But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually. I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn.”
And Tesfaye revealed that his upcoming album might well be The Weeknd’s swansong.
“The album I’m working on now is probably my last hurrah as The Weeknd,” he told W Magazine.
“This is something that I have to do. As The Weeknd, I’ve said everything I can say.”
In March, Guinness World Records (GWR) announced that the singer-songwriter is statistically the most popular musician on the planet.