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How the Weeknd got his revenge and became one of the biggest pop stars

How the Weeknd got his revenge and became one of the biggest pop stars

"There’s a lot of weird ... in here,” Abel Tesfaye says about his new home, a high-rise condo in Westwood he just moved into a few days prior.

Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd, is pointing toward an intricate and ancient-looking drawing of a man and woman midcoitus hanging near his bathroom. The graphicness of the old-world artwork makes him laugh.

Tesfaye has a towel draped over his shoulders, having just had his face groomed, his signature Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired locks bouncing as he walks. The singer’s thick mane — tsunami, rooster’s comb and double mullet come to mind when describing its peculiar style — is arguably the...

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