The Weeknd‘s new single premiered on Tuesday, but it was the singer’s new facial features in the music video that really got fans talking — with some calling it “horrific.”
In the video for “Save Your Tears,” which gained more than five million views in less than 24 hours, The Weeknd — whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye — can be seen from the beginning, showing a range of drastically different features.
The 30-year-old “Blinding Lights’Lights” singer was labeled “the modern version of Michael Jackson,” who received attention for undergoing plastic surgery procedures during his career.
The Weeknd showed off what looked like a thinned nose, fuller lips and cheeks, scars at the sides of his face thought to be from plastic surgery — leaving viewers questioning whether it was real or edited for the music video.
IS THE WEEKND TRYING TO LOOK LIKE BELLA HADID BC I CAN SEE IT 😭 pic.twitter.com/w8oi5bFPet
— Cindy🥀 (@souvenirgomezz) January 6, 2021
Many fans have taken to social media to claim that he did the fake plastic surgery as a dig at his famous ex, Bella Hadid. Note that Bella’s mother, Yolanda Hadid, had always denied the rumors.
She stated: “None of my children have never done fillers or Botox or put anything foreign in their bodies. They know better after seeing what I went through.”
The model and singer started dating in 2015 and broke up in 2016, but got back together in 2017 after he split from Selena Gomez.
The Weeknd accepted an award last November at the American Music Awards, where he was seen on stage with surgical bandages around his face.
While neither the singer nor his representatives have responded to questions about his appearance in the video, Prosthetic Renaissance — an “artistic powerhouse” working with clients across all forms of media — has taken credit on social media channels.
A post on Instagram showcased the cover of “Save Your Tears” alongside a caption encouraging followers to see the “weird plastic surgery make-up” their designers created for The Weeknd.
Last year, The Weeknd fans were shocked to hear his hit album After Hours had not received any nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards, which have now been postponed to March 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The singer responded to say the whole process was “corrupt.” On February 7, The Weeknd is due to perform at the annual Super Bowl, which will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Florida.
Some experts say that the Canadian-born crooner is dominating the music game is slowly taking his talents to the next level.