This Monday marks not only the end of the weekend, but also potentially the end of The Weeknd.
Pop star Abel Tesfaye, formerly known by his stage name The Weeknd, began using his first name on social media accounts, quietly changing his moniker after saying last week that he wanted to “kill The Weeknd.” in An interview with W magazine.
“The album I’m working on right now is probably my last hurrah as The Weeknd,” he said in the interview, adding: “This is something I have to do. As The Weeknd, I’ve said all I can say. “
Fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the name change. One user posted a gif of Miley Cyrus rapidly changing into her former Disney Channel pop star Hannah Montana, comparing the two transformations.
“I don’t know if I’m ready to say goodbye to The Weeknd, but I’m definitely ready for Abel Tesfaye, his true self,” he wrote. other.
In April of last year, Tesfaye tweeted: “ABEL formally known as The Weeknd?” which suggests that the decision to change his name has been in the making for a long time.
As of Monday, though the singer’s social media handles are still under his stage name, his display name appears as Abel Tesfaye on Instagram and Twitter. Tesfaye is still listed as The Weeknd on Facebook.
CBS News has reached out to a representative for Tesfaye for comment but has not yet heard back. He has not publicly addressed the name change.
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