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The Weeknd on past drug use: 'It was a crutch for me'

'Starboy' sensation The Weeknd has revealed that he sometimes dabbles in drugs to aid his creative expression.

During a new interview with The Guardian newspaper, he explained that he takes an "everything in moderation" approach and finds that certain substances have a great impact on his creativity:

"I dibble and dabble and what not. Everything in moderation. 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."

He went onto add that he went through a period of struggling to get his ideas from his head onto paper and ended up cancelling a tour: ''I cancelled my tour and something happened to my inspiration. I guess it was the weight on my shoulders."

"I'd cancelled a tour - a lot of money. I had these ideas, but I couldn't put them on wax. If you were a psychologist, you'd probably tell me there was stress in my life, taking away from my work. I had to get that little jump. And the ball started rolling. And then I didn't need it anymore."

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