Article by The Fresh Toast
In 2015, The Weeknd blew up. Scoring a Saturday Night Live performance, a hit record and several songs on the Billboard 100, he was the one performer on everyone’s mind. Four years later and the mania has passed, but he’s remained comfortably in the spotlight, releasing critically acclaimed records and earning many awards.
It wasjust recently announced that The Weeknd will be performing in the upcoming Super Bowl half-time show, which is planned to air with some restrictions as a result of the pandemic.
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl, and one can only dream of being in that position,” he said in a statement. “I’m humbled, honoured and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year,” he added.
But does he smoke weed?
If you’ve ever listened to The Weeknd’s music, there’s three topics that usually get discussed: drugs, sex and parties. According to a 2015 GQ profile, The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Testafaye, first used weed when he was 11-years-old.
“I never needed detox or anything,” he said. “But I was addicted in the sense of ‘Fuck, I don’t want to spend this day without getting high.’”
In a 2016 interview with The Guardian, while discussing his record Starboy, The Weeknd talked a little more about drugs and how his relationship with them has changed as he’s grown up. “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.”