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Interview: The Weeknd Covers GQ Mag, Talks New Haircut, Sex & Marriage

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The Weeknd has proved he is a staple in the world of music producing a #1 album with Starboy last year. He covers the February issue of GQ with Chance The Rapper, talking about his new found haircut. He sat down with editor Devin Friedman at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles where the new album was recorded. He also spoke on being a sex symbol and his thoughts on marriage. Take a look at some of what he had to say below and read the full article over at GQ.

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Why He Cut His Hair:

“I said that,” Abel admits, “but I couldn’t walk around without seeing the fuckin’ Weeknd hair. That’s what I called it. New artists, artists that have been around forever—I’m not going to say any names—but they were fuckin’ growing their hair.”

He cut the hair when the album was finished. It had, he said, become his identity. “I worked really hard on this album,” Abel says. “And I felt like I need to relieve a lot of stress. [Cutting off my hair] feels good, ’cause I get to blend in. If I want to go to a club, I can just go and I’m not there. I can go to a restaurant and I’m not there. I look like everybody else, which is boring, but maybe I just want to look like everybody else for a bit.” Yes, he wanted to crush the world with his sound and image and break all the Spotify records, but he wants to run away, too.

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On Dealing with Groupies:

“Listen, I’m not walkin’ around like fuckin’ Idris Elba, know what I mean? It’s like…” and here he points at himself: “You’ll probably describe me in this fuckin’ thing. I’m not—look at me, this is who I am. I’m not gonna walk into the club and be like, ‘Oh shit, I’m the sexiest guy in here.’ The reason why they want to fuck with me is because of what I do [in the studio]. So I’d rather just focus on doing that.”

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On Marriage:

“I feel like I’m the kind of guy that would have kids before getting married,” he says. “The first thing would be kids. Marriage is scary to me, man.”

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On His Music:

“Yeah, a lot of it is experience,” he says. “House of Balloons [his first mixtape, on which he says ‘She give me sex in a handbag / I get her wetter than a wet nap’] is based off of a one-bedroom apartment I shared with all my friends. And we did what we were doing and then put it into music.
“And then the newer stuff,” he says, “is like that character in this lavish lifestyle, you know?”

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