The Weeknd likes be­ing ‘mys­te­ri­ous’

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THE Weeknd (pic) in­sists he is “not in a rush” to show every­one who he re­ally is and in­stead wants the fo­cus to be on his mu­sic.

“I’m not in a rush to let peo­ple know ev­ery­thing about me. Mys­tery is al­ways great. Luck­ily, the only thing the world de­mands of me is mu­sic. I don’t have to give them any­thing else for the rest of my life,” said the singer, whose real name is Abel Tes­faye.

The 27-year-old singer – who is dat­ing Se­lena Gomez – might one day give his per­sona of The Weeknd “a break”.

Asked if he’ll ever let the pub­lic get to know the real him, he added to the Septem­ber is­sue of Harper’s Bazaar mag­a­zine: “Kind of like pulling a Ziggy Star­dust. Maybe I’ll re­tire from be­ing the Weeknd. Or maybe I’ll just give him a break.”

Mean­while, The Weeknd pre­vi­ously re­vealed he treats his al­bums “like films”.

He said: “I kind of treat my al­bums like films when I write them, telling one big story. More vis­ual candy and hope­fully a ven­ture into my first true love, cinema.”

And he feels the land­scape of mu­sic has changed since the “Golden Age” and says the money “re­ally comes in” when he tours rather than when he makes his al­bums.

He added: “We live in a world where artists don’t re­ally make the money off the mu­sic like we did in the Golden Age. It’s not re­ally com­ing in un­til you hit the stage.”

And the Star­boy hit­maker likes to put a lot of ef­fort into his live per­for­mances and pre­vi­ously re­vealed he wants them to “feel like opera”.

He ex­plained: “En­vi­ron­ment is very im­por­tant to me. Some­times I have to per­form dur­ing the day for fes­ti­vals, and my mu­sic does not work in the day­time. It is night­time mu­sic. When you come to my show, I want it to feel like opera, like a theatre.

The dark­ness is im­por­tant for me ...

“Look at Kanye’s shows – he changed the game. We’re look­ing at floor seats dif­fer­ently now in arena shows. I want to an­i­mate the space like that on this tour.” –

Bang Show­bBiz

Photo: AFP

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