The house in HBO’s controversial new series ‘The Idol’ is actually The Weeknd’s real-life home

Despite its shockingly low ratings, The Idol has managed to claim a top spot as one of the most popular newly released TV shows.

Hitmaker Abel Tesfaye, best known as The Weekend, collaborated with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson to write, create, and produce the show.

While many find The Idol scenes hard to watch, there’s one thing we can all agree on – that mansion featured on the show is undoubtedly stunning.

The palatial estate, which serves as Jocelyn’s home base is actually The Weeknd’s real-life home, and he spent an insane amount of money on it.

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The Idol house is  The Weeknd's real-life $70M mansion

The Blinding Lights singer dropped a whopping $70 million for his 33,000-square-foot Bel Air mansion back in 2021.

At the time of purchase, there were no plans of using the mansion as a filming set. But, as production was shaken up, they needed a quick resolution.

“If we were going to reshoot from the beginning, I knew it had to be for less money. Sitting in Abel’s house, looking around at the 40,000 square feet, I said, ‘It’s stunning here—you can’t buy production design like this. What if we shoot it here?’” Levinson told GQ.

The megamansion came complete with luxurious amenities, expansive grounds, and gorgeous views, making it the perfect shooting venue.

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