What's The Secret Behind Weeknd's New Face?

You can expect him to continue wearing the stage makeup and bandages for as long as he's promoting and accepting awards for that album-so, well into 2021.

What's The Secret Behind Weeknd's New Face?
The Weeknd

Last year, The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, alarmed fans by showing up to both the American Music Awards and the Video Music Awards with a bloody, bandaged face. It looked like he'd been beaten or in some sort of accident and it's pretty alarming if you didn't know that he's totally fine. We promise. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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His bloodied and bandaged look has been a thing since March of 2020; it's a reference to both his single Blinding Lights and its parent album After Hours. You can expect him to continue wearing the stage makeup and bandages for as long as he's promoting and accepting awards for that album-so, well into 2021.

Then, in January 2021, nine months after the debut of his bloody face, The Weeknd released the music video for "Save Your Tears," which advanced the bloody-face theme by showing his face in what appears to be the aftermath of plastic surgery (and this new look, too, isn't real-it's just prosthetics)

The Weeknd hasn't explained in detail why he's been wearing this makeup for almost a year, but he did reference it in an interview with Variety: "I forget that I have it on sometimes."
After The Weeknd’s new music video was dropped, the rapper took the internet by storm.

While his dramatically-altered face itself became a topic of discourse, a major part of the fans started speculating that his new track, Save Your Tears, is about none other than his ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez.

The rumors spiraled after an actor who had an uncanny resemblance to the Rare hitmaker was hired for the music video of the song.