Remember the time when everyone was confused about who The Weeknd was? All we ever heard was the high-pitched but masculine voice and pictures of “hot girls.” There was a reason for that and Abel Tesfaye explains it all (and then some) in his interview with Complex.
Speaking on his air of mystery, the 23-year-old singer confesses, “in the beginning, I was very insecure. I hated how I looked in pictures. I just f*cking hated this sh*t, like, crop me out of this picture right now.” The Weeknd was able to get away with this by “putting his music to hot girls” and “letting the music speak for itself.”
He also speaks on his non-beef with Drake. The “Crew Love” singer says there’s no animosity between the two, despite many believing a fallout happened when he didn’t sign with Drizzy’s October’s Very Own label. According to The Weeknd, Drake knew of his intentions all along. “I told him from day one what my decision was going to be. I wasn’t going that route. I was going to go my own route. And he supported me” revealed Abel.
The singer also spilled the beans about some songs that were originally set to appear on his mixtape but were given to Drake instead. “House of Balloons was actually supposed to have more songs than it does. I had so many records left, and then Take Care came through. “Crew Love,” “Shot for Me,” and “The Ride” were supposed to be on House of Balloons.”
To learn more about the enigmatic singer and why he’s finally doing interviews, check out the Q&A here.