The Weeknd Admits He Used to Get on Stage Drunk
It’s safe to say The Weeknd (aka Abél Tesfaye) has reached superstar status – but he hasn’t always been so confident.
When the 26-year-old “Starboy” singer first started out in his career, he decided to go by the name The Weeknd because it helped him maintain some mysteriousness.
He admits that he even turned to alcohol at times to help him cope with his shyness and performance anxiety.
When he got more famous, though, he had to face his fears.
“When it comes to performing and being that person, you need to be strict,” The Weeknd told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe in a preview for an upcoming interview. “I’m not up there lip-syncing. I don’t have back-up dancers, I don’t have crazy s–t going on. It’s all about me and the microphone.”
“I used to get on stage drunk [because] of nerves,” he went on. “You have to fight the nerves. You have to fight [being scared]. That’s something I had to do and once I did, I feel like people are more nervous to see me than I am to see them.”
“I have a good team,” he added, referring to his support system of friends and family. “It’s good to have a good team. Especially a team that you grew up with. I feel like everybody loses who they are when they start cutting the people that made them who they are.”
Watch a preview of the interview below!
The Weeknd on Performance Anxiety