Abel Tesfaye Biography

Updated On Feb 04, 2019 Published On Nov 18, 2017
Facts of Abel Tesfaye
Date of Birth: 1990 , February-16
Birth Nation: Canada
Height: 6 Feet 1 Inch
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Abel Makkonen Tesfaye is a Canadian singer, producer, and songwriter, professionally known as The Weeknd. Grammy-nominated R&B singer and performer, Abel has some of the hits songs such as Can't Feel My Face and Hills. He began anonymously uploading several songs on YouTube in 2010.

Abel Tesfaye's Early Life and Education

Abel Tesfaye was born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye on February 16, 1990, and is currently 28 years old. He was born to parents; Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye in Toronto, who migrated from Ethiopia to Canada.

He grew up as a single child in Scarborough, Ontario and attended the West Hill Collegiate Institute and Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute but he couldn't graduate from either of school. Regarding his ethnicity and Nationality, he is Black Canadian.

Abel Tesfaye's Career

Abel started his singing career anonymously. He uploaded several songs to YouTube as which went viral and won the heart of millions of people. Later, he released House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence in 2011 which were critically acclaimed.

Later in 2013, the anonymous singer, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye released his first debut studio album, Kiss Land. His second album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was listed number one on the US Billboard 200.

The album includes the songs like Earned It as number three and singles like The Hills and Can't Feel My Face. The Weeknd become the first artist in history to achieve the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. 

The talented R&B singer, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, widely known as The Weeknd earned wide recognition and fame. Till now he won Grammy Awards twice, Billboard Music award for eight times, Juno Awards nine time and nominated for several awards as well. 

Abel Tesfaye's Net Worth

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye earns the good sum of money from his career. He has several hit songs which have peaked on the top list of Billboard, sold millions of copies and had done several tours as well through which he generated a tremendous amount of money.

As of 2019, Abel Tesfaye's net worth is reported to be around $92 million. His net worth was around $70 million back in 2017.  

Abel Tesfaye's Personal Life

Moving towards Abel Tesfaye's personal life, he was previously in a relationship with Bella Hadid who is an American fashion model. The couple started dating each other in 2015. They spotted together in public places several times.

After years of dating, The Weeknd and Bella ended their relationship in November 2016 citing their conflicts. He also had an affair with Lana del Rey

Later, Abel Makkonen started dating Selena Gomez; American singer and actress. The couple started dating in January 2017. Weeknd and Selena looked happy together and were caught in camera hanging around in Greenwich Village, New York but things did not go as planned.

The couple enjoyed on and off relationship and broke up in October 2018. After breaking up with The Weeknd, Selena was seen with Justin Bieber.

The Weeknd has also been through some Legal issues. He was once arrested and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service for punching police officer in Las Vegas. Cutting Edge Music also sued him as they alleged the bass line for The Hills which was featured in the score for The Machine. 

Abel Tesfaye's Body Measurements

Abel Tesfaye has a well-maintained average body build. His features are:

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 75 kg

Eye Color: Dark Brown

Hair Color: Squirrel Brown


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Born in Canada

February 16 , 1990

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye or The Weeknd was born on 16th February 1990 in Toronto, Canada. He was the only son of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye who had migrated from Ethiopia to Canada.

Upload songs anonymously.


In 2010, Abel created YouTube channel under the name, The Weeknd. He uploaded three songs that became a wide recognition which earned high popularity and wide recognition and fame. 

Debut Studio album, Kiss Land.


In 2013, Abel released his first debut studio album, Kiss Land, and his songs Earned It, The Hills and Can't Fell My Face made him the singer of top three songs on the Billboard Hot R&B chart. 

Arrested in Las Vegas


In 2015, Abel was arrested in Las Vegas. He was arrested and sentenced to 50 hours of community service for punching a police officer in Las Vegas. 

Affair with Bella Hadid.


The Weeknd dated Bella Hadid: an American fashion model. The couple started dating each other in 2015 and ended in 2016. The reason behind their breakup was conflict of their relationship.


Body Measurements


Abel Tesfaye has a well-maintained average body build. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 75 kg.

Net Worth


As of 2019, Abel Tesfaye's net worth is reported to be around $92 million.