There's no denying The Weeknd's talent, but the Canadian R&B artist, 26, got candid about his relationship with drugs and music-making in a new interview with the Guardian, released on Dec. 3, 2016.
"When I had nothing to do but make music, it was very heavy. Drugs were a crutch for me," the 26-year-old admitted. "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."
That's no longer the case for "Can't Feel My Face" singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye. "I can't see myself doing that now," he added.
Nowadays, the two-time Grammy winner claims that he's got his drug use down to a minimum, or as he described it, "dibbles and dabbles and whatnot."
That's not to say he doesn't turn back to drugs when he's struggling for inspiration while making new music, like his current record "Starboy," released in September.
"I'll be completely honest with you," Abel said. "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."
He credited the temporary return to being especially stressed out after canceling his scheduled summer dates on Rihanna's Anti tour back in February.
"I had to get that little jump," he explained. "And the ball started rolling. And then I didn't need it any more."
Despite his recreational use, The Weeknd made it clear that he feels in control. He added, "Where it takes me after, I don't know."