Abel Tesfaye, famously known as The Weeknd, appeared on the latest episode of American Dad, which premiered Monday, May 4. Not only was he the guest star of the episode, he also co-wrote a sentimental ballad used in the show alongside Asa Taccone, the singer for Electric Guest. In a recent interview with Variety, The Weeknd explained he’s been a long-time fan of the cartoon.
“I’ve been watching since high school but I really appreciated it about seven years ago. It’s been running for so long, and I feel like it has a real cult following. To really enjoy the show in its entirety you have to really know the characters,” the Toronto native said.
In the episode, the character Jeff is attempting to get The Weeknd to have sex with his wife, Hayley. Jeff hides under the bed as Hayley attempts to seduce The Weeknd by wearing lingerie in a dimly lit room filled with candles.
After he refused her advances, Jeff jumped from under the bed and demanded The Weeknd have sex with Hayley, which led to the cartoon version of the artist breaking into the new song, “I’m a Virgin.”
“Never got close enough/ Cell phone blowing up/ But I’m waiting for the right person,” sang the artist.
During the impromptu music video, he sings about experiences he’s had in the music industry with women and even supermodels looking to only have sex with him. He then sang about making the difficult decision to turn them all down.
While he sings, the cartooned artist grows a large set of white wings, is suddenly wearing all white clothing, and flies to what is presumed to be heaven, filled with women who dance around him on a cloud.
It may seem out of his normal persona to do such a funny and light-hearted guest appearance, as The Weeknd is known for his more melancholy ballads and mysterious demeanor, but the 30-year-old artist explained he’s very interested in creating a wide variety of cartoon versions of himself.
“American Dad was everything I wanted. It’s going to be hard to beat this in the TV cartoon world, but an obvious bucket list would be to work on The Simpsons,” he stated.
On Instagram, fans rejoiced at the star’s guest appearance. The video currently has a little over 1 million views and close 400,000 comments from his 22.4 million followers.
Even the fictional character Roger commented under the post of his scene.
“I think we all were shook last night,” he commented, along with an alien emoji.
There are no updates on if his character will be recurring on the show or if the song will appear on any of his future projects, but fans may see the artist pop up in other animated worlds in the future.