For quite some time, Abel Tesfaye’s, a.k.a. The Weeknd, hair was about as recognizable as his voice — maybe more. And with a ‘do as unique as his was, you would think he must’ve loved it a lot to wear it as long as he did. Well, not so.
During a chat with GQ, the “Starboy” revealed that he started hating his signature look because others started biting his style. “I couldn’t walk around without seeing the f–king Weeknd hair. That’s what I called it,” he says. “New artists, artists that have been around forever––I’m not going to say any names––but they were f–king growing their hair.”
But that wasn’t the only reason he cut his luscious locks. “I worked really hard on this album,” Abel told the mag. “And I felt like I need to relieve a lot of stress. [Cutting off my hair] feels good ‘cause I get to blend in. If I want to go to a club, I can just go and I’m not there. I can go to a restaurant and I’m not there. I look like everybody else, which is boring, but maybe I just want to look like everybody else for a bit.” We doubt if he’s completely unrecognizable, but we get his point.
During the interview, he also opened up about moving to LA, fame and what makes him horny. “Right now, I’m much more, like, self-regulating than I was four years ago when I first started getting everything and enjoying life,” he says. “I don’t focus on it as much as I used to. You know what I mean? Before it’s like, ‘Holy f—k, this is amazing.’ Right now, it’s like a good song turns me on way more. Like, that gets me horny, like, literally gets me horny.” Well, alright then.
The February issue of GQ is available nationwide on Jan. 24.