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In an intimate interview with The Guardian published on Sunday,  the R&B hit-maker (né Abel Tesfaye) talked about his start as a kid on the streets of Toronto, Canada. Raised by a single mom, he admitted to feeling a lot of loneliness.
“I didn’t have a father figure in the house,” he said. “No boys around. Just me and my mom.”
The 26-year-old artist said he eventually dropped out of high school and moved out of his mother’s home when he was 17. He and his pal La Mar Taylor moved into a one-bedroom apartment in a suburb of Toronto and spent most of their money on drugs and alcohol. The singer lists Ketamine, cocaine, MDMA, mushrooms and cough syrup as the pair’s drugs of choice.
At the time, The Weeknd told The Guardian he thought doing drugs were the only way he could be himself.
“When I had nothing to do but make music, it was very heavy,” he said. “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.”
“I’ll be completely honest with you. The past couple of albums, I do get back to that,” he said, referring to doing drugs. “Even on this new album. You have writer’s block. And sometimes you’re like, I can’t do this sober.”
The Weeknd appeared to get uneasy when asked if he ever sought out treatment for his drug use.
“No. Definitely not,” he said. “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.”
The Weeknd’s drug use is probably not surprising to anyone who has listened to his hit albums. He often sings about drug use and addiction.

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