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Toronto R&B singer The Weeknd is undoubtedly one of the most elusive artists in the game. 

Despite his apparent camera shyness, The Weeknd finally linked up with the good people at Complex to give his very first interview.

At the beginning of his career, The Weeknd’s identity was framed by his shadows and his obvious dislike for the camera, and although he admits that some of his elusiveness was part of the “mystery,” The Weeknd admitted to being somewhat “insecure.” 

As the release date of his forthcoming album Kiss Land grows near, The Weeknd has decided to come out of hiding and let the fans have a peek inside his creative mind and hypnotic world. 

There’s currently no word on a release date, but Kiss Land is scheduled to drop soon. Fans can catch The Weeknd in living color on his “The Fall” tour in September. 

Despite his hesitation to share personal things about his life, here are 12 things we learned about The Weeknd during his interview with Complex Magazine.

1. The Weeknd didn’t do interviews (until now) because he felt like he didn’t have “nothing to say.” 

2. He’s very insecure and camera shy. 

3. The Weeknd considers House Of Balloons to be his “most important” mixtape. 

4. Thursday track “Gone” was a “complete” freestyle. 

5. The Weeknd never left Toronto until he was 21-years-old. 

6. The Weeknd is a huge R. Kelly fan. 

7. He considers his new album, Kiss Land, to be “honest” fear. 

8. He wrote Portishead producers to help him with his “Belong To The World” track. 

9. The Weeknd says he’s still cool with Drake despite rumors. 

10. He also enjoys reading about his “beef” with Drake and thinks it’s funny. 


11. “Crew Love” was originally his song before he decided to give it to Drake.

12. The Weeknd was the driving force behind Drake’s “Practice.” He wrote the hook.

To read The Weeknd’s full interview, go to Complex.com

Photo Credit: Complex Magazine/ David Black 

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