Madonna Purchases a Mansion Owned by The Weeknd
Abel Tesfaye (AKA the Weeknd) has sold his mansion to artist Madonna for a sum of just under 20 million USD. This comes as the Ethiopian-Canadian artist is venturing into charitable gestures to complement his chart-topping musical journey.
The artist recently donated 1 million USD to help the World Food Programme (WFP) assist those affected by the recent conflict in Tigray.
According to People magazine, the artist had offered the mansion for 25 million for sale, but with little interest from potential buyers, and dropped it to 22 million before he negotiated a reduced sum with the Material Girl.
The property was built in 2017 and seats on a three acres property with ample space and spacious rooms inside the Hidden Hills. The artist purchased it for 18.2 million USD initially, according to TMZ.
Born to Ethiopian parents, Abel grew up in the working-class neighborhood of Scarborough, in the suburbs of Toronto. He started his career selling his music on the streets of downtown Toronto before he went to the United States. Raised by his grandmother and mother, a chef, he has also been generous to the latter, purchasing her a house worth 2 million USD in 2014.
The 31-year-old has been generous to Ethiopian causes, donating to the University of Toronto’s Ethiopic department worth 80,000 CAD and to the local Ethiopian Orthodox church’s fundraiser for the construction of the church.
There has been a recurring rumor the artist would be visiting Ethiopia for a concert and a charitable project but that was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.