The Weeknd Looks Unrecognizable in First Red Carpet Appearance Since Bella Hadid Split | 22 Words

Change is always refreshing. Even more so when you come out of a relationship. Whether it's dying your hair, changing up your fashion, or getting a new tattoo, we've all experienced that post-split transformation to some degree.

And, in Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, The Weeknd's, case, his post-breakup makeover has left him looking completely unrecognizable.

The star has had an on-off relationship with supermodel, Bella Hadid, since 2015, but the pair have reportedly called it quits last month.

On Monday night, The Weeknd stepped out onto the red carpet for the first time since the split, and fans can't believe how different he looks - with many taking to Twitter to poke fun at the star.

Keep scrolling to get a glimpse at his brand new look, and, of course, delve deep into the pair's rocky relationship history.

The Weeknd aka Abel Tesfaye is an R&B sensation.

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The Canadian-born singer-songwriter is one of the leading figures in the music industry.

The star broke into the music scene in 2011 with his mixtape, House of Balloons.

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Even in the early days, he managed to work with some pretty high profile artists including Drake and Wiz Khalifa, while still finding his feet within the industry.

But, his musical success skyrocketed with his 2015 album, Beauty Behind the Madness.

The album brought us the global hit single "Can't Feel My Face," which has drawn in comparison to the likes of Michael Jackson, hit No.1 on the Billboard chart, and went on to rank as the best song of the year.

His follow-up album, Starboy, also enjoyed critical success.

In late November 2016, the Weeknd released his third album, Starboy, featuring star-studded guest appearances from the likes of Lana Del Rey, Future, and Kendrick Lamar.

There's no denying that the star is a hit-maker.

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Throughout his career, the star has racked up several Grammy nominations and awards for his work and has even gone on to headline the infamous Coachella Festival, alongside Beyonce and Eminem.

But, away from his music career, he's had a rocky love life.

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The star has been in an on-off relationship with model, Bella Hadid, since the pair linked up in 2015. According to E! News, the pair made it official in May 2015 after hanging out together at Coachella the previous month.

They made their first public appearance together in September 2015.

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The pair were snapped holding hands at New York Fashion Week and were spotted several times after on dates and family engagements.

The pair got off to a strong start.

The star had Bella feature in one of his music videos and even bought her a puppy for her nineteenth birthday.

But their relationship quickly hit a rocky patch.

The same year, they made it official, they reportedly took a break due to their busy schedules and opted to celebrate Christmas separately.  Yikes.

It was the first of many hurdles for the 2.

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In February 2016, the couple appeared to be back on when they hit the Grammys red carpet together, and then the following month, looked extremely loved-up as they posed for snaps at the Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards.

It was going well...

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For quite a few months, the couple were going strong. They attended the 2016 Met Gala looking like full-blown couple goals, dressed head-to-toe in his-and-hers Givenchy, went on a very Instagram-worthy vacation to Tokyo, and celebrated Bella's twentieth birthday together.

But, once again, the couple headed for a split.

In late 2016, People magazine reported that the couple had split for the second time, with their hectic A-lister schedules being the main culprit, once again.

The pair had an awkward post-breakup reunion on the Victoria's Secret runway stage.

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Just 2 weeks after their breakup, The Weeknd released his highly acclaimed album, Starboy, and took to the stage at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, where his ex happened to be strutting her stuff. When asked about the reunion, Bella claimed that it wasn't awkward at all: “He is my best friend, and I am excited because I am walking during his performance."

This time, the split was serious...

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The Weeknd even moved on, coupling up with Singer, Selena Gomez. But it didn't take long for the R&B star and Bella to get on friendly terms again when in late-2017, the singer was pictured leaving Bella's apartment.

Throughout 2018, the couple were rumored to be back on.


The pair were spotting kissing on various occasions and were even spotted going on a date. The couple then appeared to confirm their rekindled romance after they were snapped walking arm in arm through the streets in Paris, and, to celebrate the supermodel's birthday, The Weeknd took to social media to share cute snaps of the pair. We don't know about you, but this is starting to get a little exhausting.

After a number of strong months, the couple have called it quits...again.

All went quiet on the love-scene with the pair, and last month, fans suspicions were confirmed when E! reported the couple had once again gone their separate ways. And you've probably guessed the reason: distance and very separate schedules, so nothing new on that front.

And in true post-breakup style, The Weekend has just showcased a brand new look during his first red carpet appearance since the split.

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In a rare red carpet appearance, the R&B powerhouse attended the premiere of his feature film debut, Uncut Gems, at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

But the star was looking notably different...

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The "I Feel It Coming" singer made quite a few changes to his signature look, which has hardly changed over the years - opting to trade his usual full-grown beard for a mustache and swapping out his hairdo completely.

His post-breakup makeover left fans in meltdown.

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Many took to Twitter to comment on his new look, which many say channels a '70s aesthetic.

Some users poked fun at his style shake-up.

One user wrote: "my brain literally won't accept that's The Weekend," while another pointed out the striking similarity between the singer and Nacho Libre. We have to say, we do see the resemblance.