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Pop star The Weeknd used to have a very notable haircut. It kind of looked like he had antlers that deflated on him.

The Weeknd sporting his iconic haircut, pre-chop.
The Weeknd sporting his iconic haircut, pre-chop.

But then, back in September, he did something most of us do fairly regularly without fanfare: he cut his hair. Maybe he was simply bored of the style (happens to me all the time). Or maybe he was tired of white women petting him without asking permission. People did not know and it was simply driving them wild.

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A haircut! How could he? People cared!
A haircut! How could he? People cared!

Well, Abel Tesfaye finally explained why he decided to cut his hair to DJ Zane Lowe on Beats 1 last week. The reason, which you can read in full below, is because his dreadlocks were sad, and also because he missed hats.

"The vision wasn’t there anymore. It was there and then just like the music, it was getting really sad. It was the greatest feeling of all time [cutting it off]. It was so good. I could sleep better, I felt lighter, and when I perform, I perform better and feel better, it’s cool. The best part about all of it, I get to wear f*cking hats again. Wear a f*cking cap and walk into a restaurant and nobody knows it’s you, it’s the greatest feeling."

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If you're thinking to yourself that this feels kind of contrary to everything that The Weeknd claimed he stood for previously, well, you're not wrong. In an interview with Rolling Stone in October 2015 he said of his locks, "but if I cut it, I'd look like everyone else. And that's just so boring to me."

I'm just here to let The Weeknd know that I don't think he needs to let his hair define him. His music should do that. But I do think his music is kind of boring.

Sources: Music Times | Rolling Stone