The Weeknd has unveiled his new look for the new year, and it’s leaving some fans in shock.
The 30-year-old singer’s new music video for the song, “Save Your Tears,” depicts the artist in the throes of what can only be described as an all-out plastic surgery disaster.
In the video, which dropped on Tuesday to promote his “After Hours” album, The Weeknd sings “But then you saw me, caught you by surprise,” while sporting a shaved-down and crooked nose, bloated cheeks, grotesquely puffed-out lips, surgical scars and a host of other features.
The video has already garnered over 1 million views on YouTube on the same day it was released.
However, some viewers were left in shock by the hideous new look of the typically handsome young artist, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye.
“Why does The Weeknd look like that in the Save Your Tears music video!?! I don’t like it,” one fan tweeted, while another cited the lyrics to his 2018 song “Can’t Feel My Face,” joking, “i bet he really cant feel his face now.”
Other user on Twitter joked that he could portray the Batman villain The Joker – a strange twist for an artist dubbed The Dark Knight – while others drew apt comparisons to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who underwent a number of cosmetic surgeries in the years leading up to his death.
However, it’s more likely that the music video is a simple continuation of the body horror saga of his past music videos, which were steeped in dark and gory imarery.
In the video for “Heartless,” the Weeknd can be seen tripping and partying in Vegas. In “Blinding Lights,” the artist then gets bloodied up. “In Your Eyes” features the singer getting decapitated, but he is subsequently reanimated in the video for “Too Late,” where his head is attached to another man’s body.
The Weeknd’s face has also been covered in bandages and bruised in recent public performances, lending credence to speculation that the Starboy’s new look is the result of too many sessions under the knife.
The latest visuals are the likely result of some combination of prosthetics and CGI.
The artist recently told TMRW magazine that he is taking inspiration for his new work both from the Black Lives Matter movement and the coronavirus outbreak, which forced him to cancel his planned tour to promote his hit album, “After Hours.”
“I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road,” the artist revealed.
“The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have and closeness with the people near me,” he added.
Continuing, he explained that his iconoclastic vocal style was largely inspired by the Ethiopian artist he grew up listening to, which he combined with other musical styles he began listening to while he developed as an artist.
“The older I got, I was exposed to more music, and my voice became a chameleon going into different characters with each album,” he continued. “By following my own path and breaking industry norms, it seems to be influencing others.”
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