Samra Tesfaye: Where Is The Mother Of The Weeknd Now?

Samra Tesfaye

Samra Tesfaye is the mother of Abel Makkonen Tesfaye professionally known as the Weeknd. Samra’s son The Weeknd is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is one of the world’s best-selling music artists with over 75 million records sold. He was named the “world’s most popular artist” by Guinness World Records in 2023.

Samra Tesfaye: Bio Summary

NameSamra Tesfaye
Date of birth N/A
Birthplace N/A
Gender Female
Famous as mother of The Weeknd
Parents N/A
Children The Weeknd
Spouse Makkonen Tesfaye
Occupation Nurse

Who Is The Mother Of The Weeknd?

Samra Tesfaye is famous as the mother of The Weeknd whose actual name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. Samra’s information including her age, date of birth, family members, education, and other vital details have not been disclosed to the public. She is an Ethiopian immigrant. She got involved with Makkonen Tesfaye but details of their relationship have been hidden from the spotlight.

Samra Tesfaye and Makkonen Tesfaye gave birth to their only child Abel Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd on February 16, 1990, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Shortly after The Weeknd was born, Samra and Makkonen got separated due to reasons unknown to the public. After their split, Samra was left with The Weeknd to take care of while her ex-partner Makkonen was absent from their son’s life.

The Weeknd and his father Makkonen Tesfaye have an estranged relationship. The Weeknd once mentioned that his father was absent from his life but he never judged him. He said his father was not an abusive person, he was not addicted to alcohol and he wasn’t an ‘asshole’ either. Speaking of his father, The Weeknd told Rolling Stone in 2015 that:

“I saw him vaguely when I was six, and then again when I was 11 or 12, and he had a new family and kids. I don’t even know where he lived — I’d see him for, like, a night. I’m sure he’s a great guy. I never judged him. He wasn’t abusive, he wasn’t an alcoholic, he wasn’t an asshole. He just wasn’t there.”

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Samra Tesfaye raised The Weeknd with his grandmother. The Weeknd was brought up in the district of Scarborough and was raised as an Ethiopian Orthodox. Samra did her very best to raise her son The Weeknd, who would later drop out of school, move to leave with friends, and get into drugs and abused illegal substances such as ketamine, cocaine, MDMA, magic mushrooms, and cough syrup.

Samra Tesfaye did various jobs. She was a nurse, did catering, and even night schooled. She “was by herself. She was working three, four jobs. Single-mother jobs. The way you see in the movies.” The Weeknd said his mother is “a great mom, very protective, very cultured.” At the time The Weeknd decided to leave home to chase his dreams and pursue a music career, Samra watched him with “the worst look anyone could ever have. She looked at me like she had failed.’’

“I’m a mama’s boy,” The Weeknd said. “Everything good, I get from my mother.” He said he wanted a brother. “I always wanted a brother so I’d have somebody to play with,” he says. “I remember lying to people that I had brothers – that’s how much I wanted one.” The Weeknd revealed that his mother doesn’t want to talk about her life in Ethiopia.

“I don’t think my mum wanted to tell those stories. I don’t think Ethiopians want their kids to feel like Ethiopia is a bad place”, The Weeknd said. However, Samra Tesfaye must be very proud of who her son has become today. She has a very close relationship with her son.

Where Is The Mother Of The Weeknd Now?

The Weeknd’s mother Samra Tesfaye has chosen a low-key life but she is believed to be alive. Her whereabouts are unknown as she has avoided the spotlight as much as possible. With zero information about her whereabouts, it is difficult to tell if she is battling any health-related issues or not. She has not been seen at media events or ceremonies in this recent times.

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However, most recently, Samra’s son The Weeknd has partnered with Blue Bottle Coffee for a limited-release brand and product line, Samra Origins, named after his mother, Samra Tesfaye. “Ethiopian culture is an important part of my identity and I’m proud to work alongside the Blue Bottle Coffee team to shine a light on Ethiopian traditions, values, and of course, coffee,” The Weeknd said.

“Growing up, I watched my mother perform Buna Tetu, a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. This sensory experience helped shape my understanding of community and taught me to always honor my roots.” He told Billboard: “Samra Origins is a true passion project of mine that Blue Bottle matched and understood as we developed the products together. I hope the result ignites curiosity about Ethiopia’s people and motivates others to give back to communities in need.”

To select some of Ethiopia’s best coffees, both The Weeknd and his mother tasted each variation and selected the offering most similar to the coffee his mother brews at home. As part of The Weeknd’s humanitarian efforts, Blue Bottle will donate to the XO Humanitarian Fund, administered by World Food Program USA.

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    Ruth Kai Botchway is a Senior Editor at Dicytrends.com. She is a graduate of All Stars Media College (2021) with a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies. With more than two years experience in Journalism, she has served as an intern at Accra FM and worked with Green TV and Ashiaman TV. She worked as a Maritime Journalist/ influencer, producing Port and Maritime agenda initially aired on Ashiaman TV. You can reach her via email: Ruthbotch1912@gmail.com

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Ruth Kai Botchway

Ruth Kai Botchway is a Senior Editor at Dicytrends.com. She is a graduate of All Stars Media College (2021) with a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies. With more than two years experience in Journalism, she has served as an intern at Accra FM and worked with Green TV and Ashiaman TV. She worked as a Maritime Journalist/ influencer, producing Port and Maritime agenda initially aired on Ashiaman TV. You can reach her via email: Ruthbotch1912@gmail.com

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