Abel Tesfaye, better known to by his stage name, The Weeknd, recently teased that he might one day retire his public persona. But don't worry, it could totally be a good thing. Musical artists and performers evolve as their careers mature, so this mean a more mature, personal version of the artist that we've all gotten to know and love.
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, The Weeknd spoke about his public persona and personal life. "Luckily, the only thing the world demands of me is music," he told the magazine. "I don’t have to give them anything else for the rest of my life."
As you probably already know The Weeknd has been dating Selena Gomez for the past few months, and though they don't talk about their romantic relationship very often, the couple has appeared on numerous red carpets together (remember how happy and adorable they looked at the Met Gala?) and frequently show up in each other's social media posts. They definitely seem to have a good amount of control over the public perception of their relationship.
When asked whether he might change his stage persona for a future album, The Weeknd expressed interest. He told Harper's Bazaar, "Kind of like pulling a Ziggy Stardust. Maybe I’ll retire from being The Weeknd." He then added, "or maybe I’ll just give him a break."
Now, before you freak out, consider the fact that the change to his public persona could be a good thing. Perhaps if The Weeknd decided to go by his real name it could mean that he's also planning to reveal more about his personal life with the public. It could be a sign that he's ready to share more than just his music with the world, while still maintaining a sense of mystery. Or, it could mean that he would make a change when it comes to his style of music or the subject of the lyrics he features. But whatever he chooses to do, it's definitely his choice to share as much — or as little — about his personal life as he's comfortable with.