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The Weeknd is one of the world’s most prominent singers and 2021 Super Bowl halftime show performer. Does he smoke weed?
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 was just announced that The Weeknd would be performing in next year’s Super Bowl half time show, which is planned to air with some restrictions due to 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, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.”
Does he smoke weed?
If you’ve ever listened to The Weeknd’s music, you know that there’s three topics that are usually discussed: drugs, sex and parties. According to a 2015 GQ profile, The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Testafaye, first used marijuana 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.’”
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In a 2016 interview with The Guardian, when discussing his record Starboy, he 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.”
He explained how drugs and weed were often his crutches, especially when making music and working long hours. He said that he decided to cut them out of the studio. “And the ball started rolling. And then I didn’t need it any more.”
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Aside from the occasional comment and regular mention of weed in his song lyrics, The Weeknd also lent his image to a line of PAX’s tobacco and marijuana vaporizers. The product, called The Madness Tour Limited Edition, was named after his record and sold along with his tour merchandise..
As of late, The Weeknd hasn’t made any direct statements regarding marijuana. While he appears to have limited his use when recording and working, he might be an occasional user on his days off.