After much speculation that The Weeknd got plastic surgery when his new "Save Your Tears" music video dropped earlier this week, the attention-grabbing musician finally revealed what his face really looks like... yes, without bandages, face mask, prosthetics or hoodie!
In the new Pepsi advertisement for The Weeknd's big Super Bowl halftime show, the R&B artist showed face (literally), sans disturbing prosthetics, for the first time in months.
The one-minute teaser saw fans around the world singing along to "Blinding Lights" while at work or doing tasks at home. In the last 15 seconds of the clip, the 30-year-old rolled up to the toll booth at the football stadium where he'll perform and flashed a smile at the security guard — which (obviously) left him just as shocked and speechless as we are.
This is the first time fans got to see "The Hills" crooner's real face in a while, since he had been donning face bandages and a drastic new look — which was made with prosthetics — for his latest album release.
The Weeknd — whose real name is Abel Tesfaye — recently shocked fans when he revealed what looked like a botched nose job, sharp cheekbones, puffed-up lips and surgical scars in his "Save Your Tears" music video.
Some fans speculated his plastic surgery appearance was a dig at former girlfriend Bella Hadid. Other fans thought his performance art was in response to receiving zero Grammy nominations despite the success of his most recent album, After Hours.
"I know he did this video to spite the Grammys," one user commented, while another couldn't help but laugh at the situation, writing, "Am I the only one that thinks he looks like [his ex-girlfriend] Bella Hadid?"
However, The Weeknd has been using his face as artistic expression for quite some time. In March, the Grammy winner first rocked the battered aesthetic in the short film "After Hours." In his "Blinding Lights" music video, he had a bloodied and bruised face — which he replicated at the MTV Video Music Awards last August.
A few months later, he covered his entire face in surgical dressing to accept a slew of awards at the American Music Awards in November.
It still remains unclear which The Weeknd persona we will see at Super Bowl LV next month. The "Starboy" singer announced the big news in November. "Performing on the iconic stage," he wrote on social media. "See you 02/07/21."