Earlier this month, all 18 songs off The Weeknd's new album Starboy debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. This mixed with his high-profile romance and breakup with top model Bella Hadid has made the Toronto born singer a target of Hollywood's persistent paparazzi.
And while the 26-year-old admits that he feels some stars make it easy for cameras to find them, he's discovered a new technique to throw the paparazzi off his trail. "If I had a great car, with my old hair, it was hard. Now? It’s a breeze. I just put the hat on. My life is one hundred times better," the singer told Billboard in reference to his infamous wild locks, which he chopped off in September.
"I respect the paparazzi, it’s their job, I got no beef with them," he said, noting that his career is more about generating good music for his fans than candid snaps. "I don’t need pictures of me being generated all the time," he added.
In the revealing interview, the singer, born Abel Tesfaye, also opens up about overcoming stage fright. "I used to be very nervous, especially about performing on TV," he admitted. Now, The Weeknd credits his fans for helping him feel comfortable on stage. "Before, I was just some indie R&B singer and I had to prove myself. Now, when I step out at the American Music Awards or on Saturday Night Live, I have fans. I hear them scream my name, so I know I’ll be fine. They want me to do well."