Weekend to change name?
BANG Showbiz – April 5, 2022 / 07:31 | History: 365008
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The Weeknd is considering a name change.
The ‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker is considering dropping his stage persona, but rather than using his real full nickname, Abel Tesfaye, he’s considering officially dropping his last name to be known as himself, like Kanye West, who legally changed his name to simply Ye last October.
He tweeted: “I feel like I should change my stage name to ABEL at this point lol.”
He then added in another post, “Maybe pull a YE and just legally change my name to ABEL. No last name. Like Madonna or Cher or Prince. I don’t know, seems like a lot.”
And mentioning the late Prince – who infamously changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in the early 1990s, and was therefore often referred to as the entertainer formerly known as Prince – seemed to give The Weeknd another idea.
He suggested, “ABEL officially known as The Weeknd?”
Last year, the 32-year-old singer admitted that none of his fans had used his stage name, but he wasn’t “done” using The Weeknd for his work just yet.
When asked if he would release music as Abel, he replied: “I feel like I already do. My fans don’t call me The Weeknd. They call me simply Abel.
“It’s a tricky thing, but I think The Weeknd name holds such a legacy right now. The story of that name isn’t over yet.”
The ‘Take My Breath’ hitmaker has admitted he doesn’t like his stage name as much as he used to.
He said: “I still like it, but I think now it’s easy to take that coat off. I like having that option to escape Abel for a bit. I definitely liked it more at the moment. time than I do now. I but love my name now: Abel.”
The Weeknd thinks he’s two different people.
He said: “The lines were blurred at first. And as my career evolved – as a man – it became very clear that Abel is someone I go home with every night. And The Weeknd is someone I will work as…
“I don’t know. Abel can be badass sometimes, man. But I guess The Weeknd is Hyde. Abel is Dr. Jekyll.”