The Weeknd reveals he lost the ‘e’ in his name due to possible copyright issues

The singer explains how he got his stage moniker in fan Q&A

The Weeknd has revealed why he spells his name without an ‘e’.

During a Reddit AMA, the singer – real name Abel Tesfaye – was quizzed by fans on a number of topics, with the star revealing how his stage moniker came from a rebellious decision he made when he was younger.

Tesfaye also explained that once he settled on The Weeknd, he had to lose the ‘e’ due to possible legal trouble with another band who had the same name.


He said: “I left home when I was about 17 dropped out of high school and convinced Lamar (a member of his XO crew) to do the same lol.


“We grabbed our mattresses from our parents threw it in our friends shitty van and left one weekend and never came back home. It was gonna be the title of HOB (House of Balloons).”

The star concluded: “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).”

Meanwhile, The Weeknd was finally joined by Lauryn Hill on ‘The Tonight Show’ last Friday (February 19) after she failed to duet with him at The Grammys.

They performed a new version of his song ‘In The Night’ from the ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ album.

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