The Weeknd opens up about being "sober lite"

The musician previously opened up about his past struggles with substance abuse.

The Weeknd is getting real about where he stands now with his recreational use of mind-alterning substances like alcohol and marijuana. 

On the cover story for GQ's September issue, the 31-year-old singer opened up about his sobriety status and his current relationship with drugs, revealing that he doesn't live a completely sober life.

When asked by the interviewer if he's "sober lite" after reading several rumors online, The Weeknd answered that he is. He was then asked if he drinks alcohol, to which the musician replied:

"I do. Occasionally. I’m not a heavy drinker, as much as I used to be. The romance of drinking isn’t there."

During the interview, The Weeknd — whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye — explained that he doesn't do any more drugs besides marijuana.

"Drugs were a crutch. It was me thinking that I needed it", he said. "And not doing the work to figure out how not to need it. And I’ve spent the last few years realizing that and thanking God that I don’t need it. Because for a lot of people, it’s hard to shake it. But I knew I didn’t want it."

The crooner has previously opened up about his struggles with substance abuse. Back in 2013, he revealed that he used to abuse substances like "ketamine, cocaine, MDMA, magic mushrooms, and cough syrup" to cope with writer's block while working on his early albums.

"You have writer’s block. And sometimes you’re like, I can’t do this sober", he told The Guardian at the time.

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