The Weeknd Hints at Possible Retirement of Stage Name After Next Album: ‘I Want To Kill The Weeknd’

The Weeknd has hinted at retiring his stage name after his next album. He has expressed his desire to “kill” off his musical persona.

In an interview with W Magazine, Weeknd revealed this shocking information, where he and his Idol co-star Lily Rose-Depp discussed their upcoming HBO series, which premieres on June 4.

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“I’m going through a cathartic path right now,” the Canadian crooner said. “It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter. I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd. But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually. I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn.”

Elsewhere, he added: “The album I’m working on now is probably my last hurrah as The Weeknd. This is something that I have to do. As The Weeknd, I’ve said everything I can say.”