The Weeknd reflected on the ‘bumpy’ journey of his controversial HBO show The Idol, after HBO aired the season’s last episode on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Canadian musician – born Abel Tesfaye – looked back at the sexually-charged show’s ending and promised to continue to ‘push the vision’ while sharing a number of snaps with co-stars, including Lily-Rose Depp, 24, on his Instagram.
‘The finale. grateful to share this moment with you all as the season comes to an end. continue to push the vision no matter how bumpy the journey,’ the Starboy hitmaker wrote in the caption.
He also tagged Depp and director Sam Levinson in the caption, adding at the end, ‘Jocelyn Forever’ in reference to Depp’s struggling pop star character.
The Grammy winner also re-shared a number of photos from friends and fans commemorating the show.
Bumpy journey: The Weeknd took to Instagram and reflected on the ‘bumpy’ journey of his controversial TV series The Idol, after HBO aired the season’s last episode on Sunday
One image saw him and Lily with their heads pressed together as a cameraman filmed from behind.
Another snap saw Johnny Depp’s daughter embracing him. She looked lovely in a flowing white dress while he sported a blue jacket.
Lily was also pictured in a solo shot as she showed off the stunning dress on stage.
He also shared a few photos with Sam Levinson, 38.
One black and white snap saw him working closely with the director inside what looked to be a parking garage.
The musician added in a group snap of the other actors from the series as well.
There was also a snap of a pink sign pointing to Jocelyn’s dressing room in the photo carousel.
And on his Stories he re-posed a snap from actress Rachel Anne Sennott that saw him and Lily having a blast while sitting in the back of a car.
His vision: The musician, 33, reflected on the show’s ending and promised to continue to ‘push the vision’ while sharing a number of BTS snaps with co-stars, including Lily-Rose Depp, 24
Reminiscing: He also tagged Depp and director Sam Levinson in the caption, adding at the end, ‘Jocelyn Forever’ in reference to Depp’s struggling pop star character
With the director: He also shared a few photos with Levinson, 38
Dapper: Another black and white snap saw him working closely with the director inside what looked to be a parking garage
Reading his lines: He was pictured reading from a sheet of paper in yet another photo
All together! The musician added in a group snap of the other actors from the series
Dressing room: There was also a snap of a pink sign pointing to Jocelyn’s dressing room
The end of the season: The Grammy winner re-shared a number of photos from friends and fans commemorating the show
Having fun: He also posed a snap from actress Rachel Anne Sennott that saw him and Lily having a blast while sitting in the back of a car
Fans who’ve been critical of the show and its messages quickly took to the comments, with one writing, ‘”Continue to push the vision” my brother. What vision did this show POSSIBLY push?’
‘We are going to pretend we didn’t see that,’ another added.
Yet another fan pleaded with the singer, writing, ‘Stick to making music not movies or series.’
The show followed Jocelyn, a pop star whose life is turned upside down after meeting bizarre night club owner Tedros (The Weeknd).
It doesn’t take long for Tedros to move in and fully take control of her life, much to the protest of her friend and assistant Leia (Rachel Sennott).
The finale finally found Jocelyn standing up to Tedros and rightfully booting him out of her life, as she gets her tour back on track, though in a rather surprising development she later lets him back into her life, but on her conditions.
Many fans were surprised that the show was ending after just five episodes, since, when it was first announced back in 2021, it was given a six-episode order.
The HBO series – which was co-helmed by Levinson, The Weeknd, and Reza Fahim – has come under heavy criticism and even been described as ‘torture porn’, with a lot of the controversy focusing on its explicit content.
Abel recently addressed the backlash and insisted the sex scenes in the show aren’t meant to be ‘overtly sexy.’
Getting cut early: The Idol came to end with just five episodes, following substantial backlash over its disturbing content, which began before it even aired
Asked in particular about a particularly graphic scene in episode two, he told GQ magazine: ‘No. There’s nothing sexy about it. When we use Basic Instinct as a reference, we’re using Verhoeven.’
‘Verhoeven is the king of ’90s satire thriller—yes, there’s moments of sexy in his films but there are other moments that are very cheesy and hilarious,’ he explained.
The Save Your Tears hitmaker added: ‘However you’re feeling watching that scene, whether it’s discomfort, or you feel gross, or you feel embarrassed for the characters.
‘It’s all those emotions adding up to: This guy is in way over his head, this situation is one where he is not supposed to be here,’ he concluded.
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