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The Weeknd says he could “pull a YE” and change his name to ABEL

The Weeknd has suggested he could “pull a YE” and officially change his stage name to ABEL.

Canadian singer-songwriter – real name Abel Tesfaye – took to Twitter last night (April 3) to write: “You guys are hilarious. I feel like I should change my stage name to ABEL at this point lol.”

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In a follow-up tweet, the ‘Dawn FM’ star referenced Kanye West’s recent decision to change his official name to ‘Ye’ (he will appear under the new moniker in the Coachella 2022 lineup) while he was supporting other big acts mentioned coming by a single name.

“Maybe [I’ll] Drag a Y and legally change my name to ABEL,” The Weekend said. “No last name. Like Madonna or Cher or Prince. I don’t know, it seems like a lot.”

He later asked his followers: “ABEL formal [sic] known as The Weeknd?” John Legend responded that “ABEL is dope,” to which Tesfaye replied, “I’m tempted…”.

You can see these tweets below.

as complex notes, The Weeknd further revealed in an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session Reddit Almost a decade ago, The Weekend was originally going to be the title of his 2011 debut mixtape, House Of Balloons.

“I hated my name at the time, so I tried it as a stage name,” he explained. “It sounded cool. I left out the ‘e’ because there was already a Canadian band called The Weekend (copyright issues).”

During an interview with GQ Last summer, Tesfaye was asked to talk about the differences between Abel and The Weeknd. “In the beginning the lines were blurry,” he replied.

“And as my career developed – as I developed as a man – I became very aware that Abel is someone I go home to every night. And The Weeknd is someone I go to work as.”

The Weeknd will headline the North American leg of its After Hours Til Dawn tour this July. View the full schedule and find all remaining tickets here.

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Caroline Bleakley

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