The R&B artist behind hit single ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, real name Abel Tesfaye, spoke to Rolling Stone in a new interview.
At one point Tesfaye tells the story of when he first met Taylor Swift at a Grammy Party thrown by Sam Smith. Despite the celebrations going on around him, Tesfaye had decided to stop drinking alcohol during the month of the party.
“The whole time she was talking she was kind of, like, petting my hair?” he said of Swift. “I think she was just drawn to it — she must have been a little gone off a few drinks. And of course I’m not going to be like, ‘Hey, can you stop?’ I mean, it felt good! But when she started petting my hair, that’s when I was like, ‘I definitely need a drink.'”
As well as touching his hair, Swift confessed to being a big fan of The Weekend’s music. “She actually schooled me on my own shit,” he said. “She was like, ‘I’ve been listening to ‘The Morning’ [from ‘House Of Balloons’] for years – it’s one of my favorite songs ever!’ I mean, she might have just Googled it. But she seemed genuine.”
The Weeknd’s unique hairstyle is also covered, with the singer saying he grew the dreadlocks out in order to be memorable.
“I want to be remembered as iconic and different. So I was like, ‘Fuck it—I’m gonna let my hair just be what it wants.’ I’ll probably cut it if it starts interfering with my sight. I can kind of see it right now. But if I cut it, I’d look like everyone else. And that’s just so boring to me.”
The Weeknd went straight to Number One in the Official UK Album Chart earlier this year with his ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ album. The record follows 2013’s ‘Kiss Land’ and features collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Labrinth.