The Weeknd rents a $9.1 million Davis Islands home ahead of the Super Bowl

The star of the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show also sent food from a Black-owned Tampa eatery to local healthcare workers.
The Weeknd will perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Sunday.
The Weeknd will perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Sunday. [ Nabil Elderkin ]
Published Feb. 3, 2021

Looks like the Weeknd is taking a page out of Tom Brady’s book.

The Super Bowl singer is reportedly renting a fancy Tampa home ahead of his halftime performance Sunday. He’s staying on Davis Islands, perhaps near where the Bucs quarterback lives in Derek Jeter’s mansion.

Page Six reports the artist, aka 30-year-old Abel Tesfaye, picked out a $9.1 million, 6,000-square-foot home with a private dock, pool and view of the bay. He put down $100,000 to book the Davis Island pad, but that’s small potatoes compared to what he’s contributing towards his halftime performance.

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“Abel spent almost $7 million of his own money beyond the already generous budgets to make this halftime show be what he envisioned,” said his publicist in an interview with The New York Post.

It looks like the Weeknd is making the most of his Tampa stay while he’s here. He announced rescheduled dates for his postponed After Hour Tour Wednesday. His 2022 trek includes stops in Orlando and Miami, but nothing in the Tampa Bay area.

The Blinding Lights singer also teamed up with Postmates to deliver food from a Black-owned Tampa eatery to frontline healthcare workers. He sent 150 meals from Mama’s Southern Soul Food to employees at AdventHealth Carrollwood this week, according to WFLA.

In addition to the Weeknd starring in the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, R&B star Jazmine Sullivan and country singer Eric Church will perform the national anthem. Grammy-winning performer H.E.R. will sing “America the Beautiful.” Miley Cyrus is headlining the TikTok Tailgate before the show.

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