"Me not finishing school — in my head, I still have this insecurity when I'm talking to someone educated," he says."I don't want them looking at me like this fucking retard — no disrespect." For months, no one even knew if the Weeknd was a person or a group."When people meet me, they say that I'm really kind — contrary to a lot of my music."When talking about his art and his career, Tesfaye is blessed with a towering self-confidence and has no hesitation about declaring his own greatness."People tell me I'm changing the culture," he says. I think I'm gonna drop one more album, one more powerful body of work, then take a little break — go to Tokyo or Ethiopia or some shit." Hearing him boast about talking shop with Bono, or name-dropping "Naomi Campbell, who's a good friend of mine now," you may be tempted to see a diva in the making; or you may see a 25-year-old guy who's stoked and incredulous to be in the position he's in.But even then, few would have pegged Tesfaye for the global superstar he is now — least of all him. "At the time, I thought I'd be a punk star — grow my hair out, acne on my face, super-fucking-skinny.I was looking at artists like Iggy Pop and the Ramones, or Afropunk. And then it's like, ' And now, a few words about the hair: The Weeknd's hair is by far his most recognizable trait.
Since starting this promo tour a week ago, he's been to Las Vegas, Paris, Berlin and now London. A press-shy Ethiopian kid from Toronto who has given only a handful of interviews, he has cultivated a near-mythical image as a bed-hopping, pill-popping, chart-topping cipher.
A lot of artists started doing things faster and quicker after that: Justin Timberlake dropped two albums in a year, Beyoncé dropped a surprise album." He's equally proud of the music itself: "I'm not gonna say any names, but just listen to the radio.
Every song is As Tesfaye said in a 2013 interview, "I was hungry....
For Tesfaye, that's relatively clean, but he knows the pensioners in Twickenham might disagree.
So when the verdict comes back "no swearing," he nods and smoothly pivots to a censored version — a small gesture that says a lot about the kind of professional he has become."The Hills" is currently enjoying its fourth straight week at Number One, a feat made even more impressive because it took the place of another Weeknd track, "Can't Feel My Face" — Spotify's official song of the summer, and the only song about cocaine ever to be lip-synced by Tom Cruise on network TV.