The Weeknd might be over soon. He revealed that his next album could be his final one under his long-running moniker. The musician, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, told W Magazine for their new cover story that his “last hurrah” is approaching.
Speaking to the publication to promote his upcoming HBO drama The Idol with Lily-Rose Depp, Tesfaye, 33, shared that the album he’s working on will “probably” be his last. “This is something that I have to do. As The Weeknd, I’ve said everything I can say.” As Tesfaye explained in his latest interview, he’s on a “cathartic path right now.”
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“It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter,” he added. “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.”
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“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.” pic.twitter.com/boL73hDjJQ
While he’s now branching out into his “new creative muscle” of film and television work, The Weeknd has been releasing music under his stage name since his House of Balloons days in the early 2010s. At first, the artist didn’t want to be known, but as he’s become a global phenomenon, it makes sense that he has no more need for the moniker.
However, balancing the stage persona with his character on the new show came with challenges, he told W. “I had to take off the Weeknd outfit, put on Tedros’s wig, shoot with Jocelyn (Depp), then go back to being The Weeknd…Then, after the concert, I lost my voice. No voice came out at all. That’s never happened before.”
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The Grammy-winning artist was terrified that he had forgotten how to sing because as The Weeknd, he’s “never skipped a concert. I’ve performed with the flu. I’ll die on that stage. But there was something very complicated going on with my mind at that moment.”
“I realized that I need to know that I’ve made the best version of whatever I’m making. It was a challenge to redo The Idol, and, in truth, I sacrificed my health and home to make it work. So, let’s say it comes out and it’s f—ing horrible,” The Weeknd told the publication. “I still know I did my absolute best. From what I’ve seen, the show is great.”
Tesfaye also may be headed to the big screen soon enough, as he is set to star in his first lead movie role in a feature film he also wrote — which is currently untitled and will star Wednesday actress Jenna Ortega and Dunkirk‘s Barry Keoghan. Per Deadline, the film will be directed by Trey Edwards Shults, who directed 2017’s It Comes at Night.