AceShowbiz - The Weeknd earned praise from fans for his generosity. Many on social media applauded the "Save Your Tears" crooner for directing $2.5 million from his XO Humanitarian Fund to aid the World Food Programme's humanitarian response in Gaza.
"This conflict has unleashed a humanitarian catastrophe beyond reckoning. WFP is working round the clock to provide aid in Gaza but a major scale up is needed to address the desperate level of hunger we are seeing," said WFP's Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe Region, Corinne Fleischer. "Our teams need safe and sustained humanitarian access and continued support from donors to reach as many people as we can."
"We thank Abel for this valuable contribution towards the people of Palestine," added Corinne. "We hope others will follow Abel's example and support our efforts."
Many social media users happily reacted to the news, with one writing, "I'm so proud of you helping all the families you're humble you're an angel." Another added, "One way or another he steals my [heart] The things he does outside of his music commendable his heart consists of only love for other's."
A third joined in, "This is really gesture from Abel, he is amazing Abel is the best. I loved him for this." A different individual chimed in, "Thats why I love you @theweeknd."
The Weeknd's generous act arrived nearly a month after his ex Selena Gomez's brand, Rare Beauty, pledged to help Palestinians following weeks of heavy bombardment from Israeli forces. "Thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes & millions of civilians have been displaced & left without access to food, water, medicine, or basic necessities for survival. A large number of these victims are children. Palestinian civilians must be protected, period," the company stated.
"We remain heartbroken by the horrible terror attack against innocent civilians in Israel on October 7th, many of them also children. There is no situation where attacks on civilians are acceptable," they added. "We strongly denounce any & all forms of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia."
"We urge everyone to support humanitarian organizations working tirelessly to provide aid & relief to those in need. Every bit of help can make a difference," the statement continued to read. "Rare Beauty will be making donations to the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies - Magen David Adom, & Palestinian Red Crescent Society - who are providing urgent care on the ground. We will also be donating to UNICEF to help get urgent medical relief & resources to the children of Gaza."