The Weeknd graces the cover of TIME, along with Ariana Grande and Adwoa Aboah, as part of the magazine's "Next Generation Leaders".
Apparently, we nearly got a completely different project out of the Weeknd, but the darkness in his heart caused it to scrap it.
The Toronto-born, Grammy-winning, chart-topping singer (whose real name is Abel Tesfaye) served as one of the headliners at Coachella in April and recently released his latest album, My Dear Melancholy.
Abel has done a rare interview with TIME where he discusses shifting to Calabasas from Beverly Hills to escape the constant attention, not wanting to talk about personal life except in his music and more. "He's been in the studio pretty much nonstop, especially the past few months after his breakup with Selena Gomez", a source told Us at the time.
When writer Kara Brown tried to get The Weeknd to open up about his past relationships, The Weeknd responded, "I don't want to open that Pandora's box, talking about relationships", adding that recording My Dear Melancholy was "therapeutic" because "You want to get it out". Citing lyrics like, "I said I didn't feel nothing, baby, but I lied / I nearly cut a piece of myself for your life / Guess I was just another pit stop / 'Til you made up your mind / You just wasted my time", as a prime example. "It's like you close a chapter".