The Weeknd addresses misogynistic past lyrics, and says he “wants to write a whole album for a female artist”

"It’s never my intent to offend anybody”

The Weeknd has addressed some of his past lyrics which have been perceived as being misogynistic, while revealing that he plans to write a full album for a female artist.

The Canadian star, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, was taking part in a lengthy conversation with Esquire when the interviewer referenced the line “I just fucked two bitches ‘fore I saw you” from his 2015 single ‘The Hills’.

Asked whether such language is a true reflection of himself, Tesfaye said that “it’s definitely a character” delivering the lyrics. “When you hear some of the drastic stuff, you can tell,” he explained. “I mean, that’s why it’s tricky, because it is me singing the words; it is my writing.”


He added: “It’s like you want people to feel a certain way. You want them to feel angry. You want them to feel sad. You want them to feel. It’s never, like, my intent to offend anybody.

“I’m a writer. Sometimes I write a song and it’s not in my head. I’m writing it for someone else, but then I end up singing it.

“I want to write a whole album for a female artist. I have a whole vision of The Weeknd. But I guess it’s like… it’s the same reason why I want to write for someone else?”

Meanwhile, The Weeknd is set to release a joint single with Calvin Harris called ‘Over Now’. The collaboration was first teased via Tesfaye’s Instagram account on Thursday (August 20), and will arrive this Friday (August 28).

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