The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, was born to Ethiopian immigrants named Makkonen Tesfaye and Samra Tesfaye in Canada in February of 1990. His mother and father had separated when he was just a toddler, and he was the only child the two shared. And to note: E! Online reports that his parents were never married. In an interview with The Guardian back in 2016, he said that his mom primarily raised him in Scarborough — a town located in the suburbs of Toronto.
He told the publication that his mother “was by herself. She was working three, four jobs. Single-mother jobs. The way you see in the movies.” The star also described his mom as “a great mom, very protective, very cultured.” In a Reddit thread about seven years ago, he explained that because his mom was working so much when he was a kid, his grandmother helped take care of him until he was 5 years old. She taught him how to speak Amharic.
As for his father, he was never ever a part of his life growing up. “I didn’t have a father figure in the house. No boys around. Just me and my mom,” he told The Guardian. He mentioned to Rolling Stone that he saw his dad a few times as a kid but that his dad was busy with his new partner and kids. So with just him and his mother in a household, she worked three to four jobs at one time so she was able to support them.