By now, you've surely heard several hit songs from The Weeknd on the radio, but you may not be aware of the dark past and struggle with drugs he had before his massive success!
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Every person has their own demons they deal with and the 26-year-old singer recently sat down with The Guardian to open up about his "dark" past and "heavy" drug use!
The Starboy singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, was chatting with the publication about his upbringing in Toronto, Canada saying:
"I didn't have a father figure in the house. No boys around. Just me and my mom."
When the hit maker was only 17, he dropped out of high school, moved out of his mom's place, and moved in with his buddy La Mar Taylor. The two friends lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto's suburbs where they spent the majority of their money on booze and drugs including cocaine, ketamine, MDMA, mushrooms, and cough syrup!
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What's even sadder about the situation is The Weeknd admitted he thought drugs were the only way the artist could be himself:
"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 that were seven minutes long, rambling – whatever thoughts I was having when I was under the influence at the time. I can't see myself doing that now."
Unfortunately, Bella Hadid's ex didn't seek any treatment when he was younger either as he explained:
"No. Definitely not. I think that's more when you're privileged, you know? Going to a therapist is not something you do when you're growing up as a street kid in Toronto … Sorry, bro."
During the sit down, The Hills singer also talked a little about legal troubles when he was younger as he revealed there was "some sort of near-miss with the law" when he was 18.
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Even though the Canadian singer is in a better place now, he still does dabble in drugs when he's making music:
"I'll be completely honest with you. 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."
It sounds like the artist is in a good place though as he adds:
"Right now, I feel in control. Where it takes me after, I don't know."
Let's hope it's someplace safe!
As for any talk about his past with Bella, the Grammy winner only talked about relationships in general saying:
"Uh. Yeah. I mean… in life… what relationship is easy?"
Well, we just hope The Weeknd keeps making great music and is responsible when he does decide to dabble!
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