The Weeknd is following in Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian footsteps by joining the United Nation’s World Food Programme as a Goodwill Ambassador.
“The UN World Food Programme is doing urgent and important work to change and save lives on a daily basis and I feel passionate about addressing world hunger and helping people in need,” the “Can’t Feel My Face” singer said while accepting the position at a special ceremony in LA on Thursday, according to a press release.
The Weeknd, 31, is known for his charitable endeavors, and recently donated $1 million to WFP’s relief efforts in Ethiopia following months of deadly violence, the organization said.
“Whether he is performing or speaking out about global hunger, The Weeknd’s voice is powerful and inspiring, only matched by his dedication to helping people around the globe,” WFP USA chief Barron Segar said in a statement. “We are honoured that he has joined our mission. He will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of humanitarians in the fight to ensure no man, woman or child goes to bed hungry.”
The Weeknd’s move to join the cause mirrors his new 46-year-old gal pal Jolie, who became a Goodwill Ambassador in 2001 and continued to hold the title for the following 11 years. She currently presides as a special envoy for the UN.
The “Maleficent” actress and The Weeknd recently sparked dating rumors when they were seen exiting hot spot Giorgio Baldi in LA in July. And in just the last month, the duo continued to fuel the flames when they dined together in LA.
Jolie is currently in a nasty custody battle with ex-husband Brad Pitt, with whom she shares six children: Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13.