The Weeknd Covers ‘GQ,’ Talks New Haircut, Sex & Marriage


The Weeknd is the latest superstar to cover (along with Chance the Rapper) of GQ‘s upcoming February issue. In his cover story titled The King of Sex Pop, the Toronto singer sits down with GQ editor Devin Friedman at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, the place where he recorded his new No. 1 album Starboy in its entirety.

The 26-year old speaks on the decision to cut off his trademark hairstyle, the fear he had after moving out and leaving his mother behind in Toronto, his sexually explicit lyrics coming from real life experiences, groupies, Donald Trump, his thoughts on pop culture during his come up compared to now, and more.

Check out a few excerpts from the story and photos from the cover shoot below.

On cutting his signature dreadlocked hair:
“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.

I worked really hard on this album [Starboy]. 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.”

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

On calming down and being more focused compared to his wild past:
“Right now I’m much more, like, self-regulating than I was four years ago, when I first started getting everything and enjoying life. I don’t focus on it as much as I used to. You know what I mean? Before it’s like, ‘Holy fuck—this is amazing.’ Right now, it’s like a good song turns me on way more. Like, that gets me horny, like, literally gets me horny.”

What he thought of pop music during his come up vs. now:
“I hated it. And then the sound of Trilogy became pop music. I’m mainstream. I’ll obviously have those purists who will be like, ‘Okay, this guy is too popular, this fuckin’ sounds nothing like Trilogy, so this fuckin’ sucks.’ ”

*Read The Weeknd’s full GQ cover story by clicking here.

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