The Weeknd has addressed some of his past lyrics which have been perceived as being misogynistic, while revealing that he plans to write a full album for a female artist.
The Canadian star, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, was taking part in a lengthy conversation with Esquire when the interviewer referenced the line “I just fucked two bitches ‘fore I saw you” from his 2015 single ‘The Hills’.
Asked whether such language is a true reflection of himself, Tesfaye said that “it’s definitely a character” delivering the lyrics. “When you hear some of the drastic stuff, you can tell,” he explained. “I mean, that’s why it’s tricky, because it is me singing the words; it is my writing.”
He added: “It’s like you want people to feel a certain way. You want them to feel angry. You want them to feel sad. You want them to feel. It’s never, like, my intent to offend anybody.
“I’m a writer. Sometimes I write a song and it’s not in my head. I’m writing it for someone else, but then I end up singing it.
“I want to write a whole album for a female artist. I have a whole vision of The Weeknd. But I guess it’s like… it’s the same reason why I want to write for someone else?”
Meanwhile, The Weeknd is set to release a joint single with Calvin Harris called ‘Over Now’. The collaboration was first teased via Tesfaye’s Instagram account on Thursday (August 20), and will arrive this Friday (August 28).