The 25-year-old has seen his star rise rapidly in the last year, thanks to hits including Earned It and Can't Feel My Face. His unique hairstyle has also helped him stand out from the crowd, and when his and fellow pop star Taylor Swift's paths crossed, she seemed particularly fixated with his matted locks.
"The whole time she was talking, she was kind of, like, petting my hair?" he tells Rolling Stone. "I think she was just drawn to it - she must have been a little gone off a few drinks (tipsy). And of course I'm not going to be like, 'Hey, can you stop?' I mean, it felt good! But when she started petting my hair, that's when I was like, 'I definitely need a drink'."
The Weeknd and Taylor have since become friends and she even invited the soulful singer to join her onstage during her 1989 World Tour stop in New Jersey in July (15), when they performed a duet of Can't Feel My Face.