Fans are stunned to see The Weeknd unveil a new face for the new year.
The Canadian hit-making musician seemingly had made some drastic changes to his famous face, debuting the new look in a video that premiered Tuesday for his new song “Save Your Tears” from an album called “After Hours.”
“But then you saw me, caught you by surprise,” he fittingly belts out in the lyrics on the video, in which he exhibits a slimmed-down and twisted nose along with puffy cheeks, inflated lips, surgery scars, and other gruesome alterations.
His monstrously over-the-top new look left his fans speechless and confused.
“Why does The Weeknd look like that in the Save Your Tears music video!?! I don’t like it,” said one shocked viewer, while another repurposed the lyrics from the singer’s 2018 hit “Can’t Feel My Face” to determine the drawbacks of the drastic surgery look, noting, “i bet he really cant feel his face now.”
One viewer hypothesized that the changes could be “shade” as a reaction from the singer for getting spurned by the 2021 Grammy Awards, an action that is said to have hurt the superstar’s feelings and that he has gone on to gripe about.
“Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!” The Weeknd wrote on Twitter in November. His tweet about the Grammy snub received over 105,000 likes at the time.
Other Twitter users recommended that The Weeknd should look into playing the Batman villain Joker. Others saw similarities to the surgery-butchered face of the late pop star Michael Jackson and labeled him a “modern version” of the King of Pop.
A spokesman who represents The Weeknd did not immediately respond to media requests for comment about whether the singer’s shocking appearance was prosthetics, CGI, or a radical medical procedure, but it has since been suggested the new look was all movie magic to make a point in the music video.
In the past, The Weeknd’s music video for the song “Blinding Lights” showcased his torn-up and battered face, which he then re-created for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards last August.
In November, he was seen again with his face covered in surgical bandages as he accepted an award onstage for the American Music Awards.
In the new video, his bloated tight face is illuminated by a spotlight. He is swollen from what was created to look like botox injections= and seems to be in pain from the fake surgical scarring made to look like a facelift.
During the four-minute video, The Weeknd dances around the room, while the crowd quietly watches from tables as his song plays in the background.
He eventually begins to stand on a table and sprays champagne while tasting other people’s drinks.
The performer then sees a woman before guiding her to the stage and removing a gun from behind his back. The Weeknd presses the weapon to the frightened girl’s head before the video fades to black.
The Weeknd reported to Esquire that the video was actually a stunt that was meant to raise awareness against drunk driving.
He went on to explain: “It’s about how you want to see someone at night, and you’re intoxicated and you’re driving to this person and you’re just blinded by streetlights.
“But nothing could stop you from trying to go and see that person, because you’re so lonely.”
The Weeknd is slated to perform at the 2021 Super Bowl this February.