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Those junkie days are behind him now but he admits he occasionally turns to drugs when in need of inspiration while writing his songs. The 26-year-old Oscar nominee admitted he used marijuana, Hennessy, and 'a few more things' in the recording studio for his album, Starboy.
The Weeknd - stressing that he's now 'in control' - first smoked weed at age 11 before moving onto cocaine, MDMA, painkillers, Xanax, mushrooms, ketamine, and cough syrup back in his Toronto hometown. '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.'
The high school drop out sorted himself out and forged a successful career in music, he has gotten his mother, Samra a car and a house. He said:
'I couldn't ever go back home without being something. I probably would never have gone back home if...That was definitely a big motivation. To get back home, and not empty-handed.'