The Weeknd opened up in a new interview about his once-heavy dependence on drugs. The two-time Grammy winner said that in the early days of his career, he often took drugs before hitting the recording studio. He’s managed to tame his problem. Did supportive ex Bella Hadid help?
The Weeknd, 26 (real name Abel Tesfaye), sat down with The Guardian for an interview that ran on December 3, in which he revealed his past struggles with drugs. After leaving home with his friend as a teenager, not finishing school, he dabbled in drugs and worked on his music. He especially imbibed when he was in the recording studio.
“When I had nothing to do but make music, it was very heavy. Drugs were a crutch for me. There were songs on my first record [House of Balloons] that were seven minutes long, rambling — whatever thoughts I was having when I was under the influence at the time,” The Weeknd told The Guardian.
“I can’t see myself doing that now,” he said. While he’s left the frequent drug use in the past, he admitted that he still uses drugs recreationally from time to time. This comes into play especially when he’s trying to make new music.
“I’ll be completely honest with you. The past couple of albums, I do get back to that,” he told the paper. “Even on this new album [Starboy]. You have writer’s block. And sometimes you’re like, ‘I can’t do this sober.'” The man is honest!
While The Weeknd is no longer with ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid, 20, she’s still one of his biggest supporters. He didn’t mention her in the article, but she supported him throughout the Starboy process, when he dropped out of Rihanna’s ANTI tour, and even now, after they’ve broken up. They faced a potentially awkward situation when he was a performer at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, airing December 5, and she was strutting her stuff on their catwalk for the first time. But she took it all in stride, and even gave him a sweet shoutout after the show about how amazingly he did!
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