The Weeknd talks about changing his stage name

The Weeknd talks about changing his stage name

"I’m getting ready to close The Weeknd chapter."

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The Weeknd has achieved so much in a short space of time since breaking onto the music scene with the 2011 mixtape, 'House of Balloons'.

The singer, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, has won countless awards and released top-charting hits. 

He believes that now is the perfect to rebrand himself. 

The Weeknd revealed in a recent interview with W Magazine that he might release his last album under his current stage name. 

He revealed that he is "going through a cathartic path right now". 

The 'Earned It' hitmaker says going forward he might use his birth name.  

“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.”

“The album I’m working on now is probably my last hurrah as The Weeknd,” he added. 

“This is something that I have to do. As The Weeknd, I’ve said everything I can say," said the multi award-winning singer. 

READ: The Weeknd ties with Michael Jackson on Billboard chart

In a 2013 Ask Me Anything Q&A with fans on Reddit, The Weeknd explained that his name came as a result of the life he used to lead as a teenager. 

“I left home when I was about 17 dropped out of high school and convinced Lamar to do the same lol. We grabbed our mattresses from our parents threw it in our friends sh**ty van and left one weekend and never came back home.

“It was gonna be the title of [House of Balloons]. I hated my name at the time though so I tried it as a stage name. It sounded cool. I took out the ‘e’ because there was already a Canadian band named the weekend (copyright issues),” he added. 

READ: The Weeknd releases music for his HBO show, 'The Idol'

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