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Taylor Swift is really this clueless: The Weeknd details deeply uncomfortable hair-petting incident

The R&B singer recounts an awkward run-in with the pop star in a new profile for Rolling Stone

Anna Silman
October 22, 2015 6:36PM (UTC)

Asking a celebrity interview subject about his/her relationship to Taylor Swift has become a journalistic rite of passage as of late, and we recently got an interesting anecdote about America’s favorite leggy, belly button-less Squad Leader in a new Rolling Stone profile of Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd.

The Weeknd explained that he met Taylor Swift at Sam Smith’s Grammy party this February (at "an $80 million mansion in Bel-Air," naturally). After telling him how much she loved his music, a presumably drunk Swift pulled the quintessential clueless white person move and started stroking his Basquiat-inspired ‘do.


“I think she was just drawn to it — she must have been a little gone off a few drinks," The Weeknd explained. "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.’”

Oh Tay, no. Just no. Anyone else ready for that Taylor Swift hiatus to start already?

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