The Weeknd is finally peeling back the layers on his bandaged-face character from the After Hours era.

The “Can’t Feel My Face” singer explained the bandages to Variety on Wednesday (Feb. 3) in between rehearsals for his upcoming headlining gig at the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show on Sunday (Feb. 7) in Tampa, Fla. After his “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights” music videos set the initial scene of a debaucherous night in Vegas, the chart-topping singer revealed that what happens in Vegas isn’t really about Vegas — he’s making a note about Hollywood and celebrity culture with the aesthetic tethered to his fourth album cycle.

“The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated,” The Weeknd says. “It’s all a progression and we watch The Character’s storyline hit heightened levels of danger and absurdity as his tale goes on.”


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