For those who have been following The Weeknd‘s career since his early mixtapes days, his excessive drug intake is probably not surprising as he often sings about drug use and addiction. He revealed in an interview that he started smoking weed at age 11 before moving onto cocaine, MDMA, painkillers, Xanax, mushrooms, ketamine, and cough syrup due to his family issues back in Toronto. But those wicked days are over.. are they?
Well, his drug use has eased up since 2010, however, the 26 year old R&B singer confessed that he looked to drugs again to spark inspiration throughout his creative process. “I’ll be completely honest with you,” he admitted. “The past couple of albums, I do get back to that. Even on this new album. You have writer’s block. And sometimes you’re like, I can’t do this sober.”
Abel goes on to explain that drugs has been a crutch for him to rely on, especially when he needs to make music. He denies having a substance-abuse problem, though he says that there was once a “dark time” in his life, where he spent much of the little income he had when he was younger, on alcohol and illegal drugs.
When asked if he ever sought treatment or therapy for drug use, he quickly said no, as going to a therapist is more of a privilege thing, not for a kid who grew up on the street of Toronto. Uhm. Not necessarily, but whatever makes your music sound good, Abel! Just make sure you can feel your face this Christmas tho.