The Weeknd: Drugs were a crutch
Singer The Weeknd has opened up about his "heavy" use of drugs.
In a revealing interview the Ethopian-Canadian R'n'B star admitted "drugs were a crutch" when he first started making music.
The 26-year-old, real name Abel Tesfaye, made the comments in an interview with The Guardian.
He said: "When I had nothing to do but make music, it was very heavy.
"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."
"Even on this new album. You have writer's block. And sometimes you're like, I can't do this sober."
The Weeknd, whose track Starboy references cocaine use, last month released his album of the same name which includes collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Daft Punk.