The Weeknd

The Weeknd biography
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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye


singer, songwriter

Birth Date

February 16, 1990


33 years

Zodiac Sign



Scarborough, Toronto, Canada


West Hill Collegiate Institute, Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute (dropped out)



The Weeknd family members

Father's Name

Makkonen Tesfaye

Mother's Name

Samra Tesfaye

Is The Weeknd a gay/bisexual?


What is The Weeknd marital status?


The Weeknd wife

Selena Gomez (ex-girlfriend; dated in 2017)

Selena Gomez

photo instagram / selenagomez

Date of birth: July 22, 1992

The Weeknd, or Abel Tesfaye, is a good boy, but it seems, that girls can’t appreciate him, and that is why he is still single. By the way, the R&B singer dated really great girls. For a year and a half, he was a boyfriend of a model and equestrian Bella Hadid. His latest sweetheart is a beautiful singer and actress Selena Gomez.

They started dating in January 2017 and that new romance was accepted really well not just by the fans of the stars, but also by Selena’s mother Mandy. She uploaded the pic of her daughter and The Weeknd to her Instagram account and wished them to be happy together.

Gomez and Tesfaye moved together, and it was rumored that the young man planned to propose to his girlfriend. But in October 2017 they announced their breakup.

The main reason for such a decision was defined as “conflicting schedules”. Really, The Weeknd and Selena really had a lot of work to do – one of them was on tour, while the other filmed a new music video in New York. They couldn’t see each other very often, so soon both lost the feeling that they were a couple.

After that Gomez told, that Abel was rather a friend than a boyfriend for her. And The Weeknd devoted her to a song “Call Out My Name” from his new mini album “My Dear Melancholy”.

In fact, Selena Gomez is a bright personality, who shines not just for her loved ones, but also for many people all over the world.

Selena Gomez ex

photo instagram / selenagomez

She was born in Grand Prairie, TX in the family of Ricardo and Mandy Gomez. Her mother was in her teens when she got pregnant with Sel. The girl was very creative in her early years, and soon she used that creative energy to pave the way to show business. Selena started her career in 2001. Then the girl appeared in 13 episodes of the children’s series “Barney & Friends”. That first project inspired Gomez to develop her skills as an actress. She played in “Brain Zapped” and recorded a song for this project. Thus, the girl’s career was divided into two ways – musical and acting.

As for now, she is a popular singer and actress with numerous hit films and albums in her resume. But as for her personal life, Ms. Gomez is not so happy with it. Except for an unsuccessful affair with The Weeknd, she had a contradictory romance with Justin Bieber. Besides, Sel has lots of health issues. Not long ago she was diagnosed with lupus. In addition, in the autumn of 2017, the young celebrity passed through kidney transplant surgery.

Bella Hadid (on and off relationships in 2015-2019)

the weeknd girlfriend

photo instagram / bellahadid

Date of birth: October 9, 1996

Who are The Weeknd parents?

Samra Tesfaye (mother)

The Weeknd parents

Although Samra’s date of birth is not publicized, it is known, that she welcomed her son Abel at a very young age. Her married life turned out to be not happy, that’s why she separated from the son’s father when he was still a toddler.

After her divorce, Samra took Abel and moved to Scarborough, where the house of her parents was situated. By the way, The Weeknd’s maternal grandparents immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia after the period of Red Terror, which took place in the 1980s on the territory of this country. Although Samra suffered a lot from the political regime in her home country, she didn’t tell any awful stories to her son, because she wanted him to be proud of his roots.

To make the ends meet, Samra worked from morning till night, taking any job she could find. The woman served as a nurse, provided catering services, and joined it with studying at an evening school, where she was trying to master English. Now R&B star tells that he is “mom’s boy”.

Abel spent most part on his time with his grandmother. She made everything she could to care for her grandson both, physically and emotionally. The woman took small Abel to the Ethiopian Orthodox church, taught him to speak the Amharic language, and discovered for him Ethiopian singers, the style of which he later used as his inspiration.

Tesfaye’s mother likes her son most of all. In his early years, she cooked the boy his favorite dishes from Ethiopian cuisine. As the star tells now, “It’s really tasty, but so fat, that I used to be chubby in my early years”.

Samra supported her son’s interest in music. But she was upset by Abel’s decision to quit his studying and focus his efforts on music exclusively. “Even now she hopes that I will get a diploma”, The Weeknd says.

Not long ago House of Balloons singer bought his mother a huge mansion in Toronto. He wants his parent to live a happy and careless life.

Makkonen Tesfaye (father)

The famous singer Abel Tesfaye doesn’t know a lot about his father. There are just a few facts about him – he gave the boy his surname and his middle name. According to his son’s words, Makkonen is a normal person, non-abusive and non-addicted. He escaped from Abel’s life at a very early age, and after that they had just several short meetings. He re-married and has kids with his second wife, but Abel doesn’t know them.

The Weeknd siblings

Although the singer has several half-siblings from his father’s side, he doesn’t stay in touch with them and doesn’t even know, where they live. And he is the only kid of his mother. In his early years Abel dreamed to have a brother (or even more than one). Sometimes he lied that he has brothers to occasional people he met – so terribly he needed a sibling.

Interesting and fun facts

The Weeknd

  1. Abel Tesfaye changed his name to The Weeknd in 2007, when he left his home, quit his studying, and decided to devote his life to music. According to his interview, that happened at weekend, so he decided to choose this word as a nickname. The singer changed its spelling not to be mixed with the popular band “Weekend”.
  2. He started to sing professionally in 2010. His first songs were produced by a music manager Jeremy Rose, who uploaded them to YouTube. Thus, The Weekend caught the eye of the popular rapper Drake. He connected with the young performer and helped him at the beginning of his career.
  3. Tesfaye released his first album “Kiss Land” in 2013. The new disk got positive reviews from critics. It was ranked as the 5th best album of the year by Entertainment Weekly.
  4. As for now, The Weekend boasts 3 studio albums and 37 successful singles. To cope with creative block, the singer used drugs. Now Abel doesn’t try to hide the fact, that he had a drug addiction.
  5. Several years ago Abel sent a $50, 000 check to the University of Toronto to start a Ge’ez course there. Ge’ez is one of the Ethiopian languages.
  6. On January 7, 2022, he released his 5th studio album “Dawn FM”, which debuted in the second position on the Billboard 200 Chart.
  7. In December 2022 he presented the song “Nothing Is Lost”, which is used as the soundtrack to “Avatar: The Way of Water”.
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