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The Weeknd reveals new track Faith reflects on 'darkest time in life'

"Leonard Coats" (2020-04-15)


image.php?image=b19objects237.jpg&dl=1The Weeknd has revealed his new track Faith reflects on the 'darkest time in his life'.

The single features on his latest album, After Hours, released on March 20, which revisits his past 'demons' from 2013 and 2014 during his 'rock-star era'.

The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, 30, says Faith is about his struggles after first finding fame and when he was arrested in Las Vegas in 2015 for allegedly striking a police officer, he pleaded no contest.






Candid: The Weeknd has revealed his new track Faith reflects on the 'darkest time in his life' in a new candid interview with Variety


Talking to Variety in a candid interview, the singer, who recently admitted he has an 'off-and-on relationship with drugs', said: 'So, this is about the darkest time of my entire life, around 2013, 2014. I was getting really, really tossed up and going through a lot of personal stuff. 






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'I got arrested in Vegas. It was a real rock-star era, which I'm not really proud of. You hear sirens at the end the song - that's me in the back of the cop car, that moment.'

He added: 'I always wanted to make that song but I never did, and this album felt like the perfect time, because [the character] is looking for an escape after a heartbreak or whatever. 






'Rock-star era': The single features on his latest album, After Hours, released on March 20, which revisits his past 'demons' from 2013 and 2014 during his 'rock-star era' (pictured in a still from his recent Until I Bleed Out music video) 


'I wanted to be that guy again — the 'Heartless' guy who hates God and is losing his f**king religion and hating what he looks like in the mirror so he keeps getting high. That's who this song is.'

Talking about revisiting his demons on After Hours, the singer continued: 'I didn't want to. But sometimes you try to run away from who you are, and you always get back to that place. 

'By the end of this album, you realise, 'I'm not that person.' I was, but I'm growing and wiser, and I'm gonna have children someday, and I'm going to tell them they don't have to be that person.'

The Weeknd went on to talk about growing up and how he got into a 'lot of trouble' and 'kicked out of school'.

He said: 'It was tough growing up where I was from. I got into a lot of trouble, got kicked out of school, moved to different schools and finally dropped out. 






Arrest: The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, 30, says Faith is about his struggles after first finding fame and when he was arrested in Las Vegas in 2015 for allegedly striking a police officer, he pleaded no contest (pictured in 2018) 


'I really thought film was gonna be my way out, but I couldn't really make a movie to feel better, you know? Music was very direct therapy; it was immediate and people liked it. It definitely saved my life.'

Since turning 30 in February, the musician said he is 'becoming the person he's supposed to be' and he feels like his career is 'just starting'. 

He said: 'I think people say your 30s are your best years because you're becoming the person you're supposed to be. And this is the beginning of not just a new chapter but my second decade [as a performer]. I feel like my career is just starting.' 

On The Weeknd's new album, After Hours, the song Scared to Live has an interpolation of Your Song by Elton John.






Reflection: The Weeknd went on to talk about growing up and how he got into a 'lot of trouble' and 'kicked out of school'


The singer revealed that the 73-year-old hitmaker gave his approval and exclaimed, 'you're gonna be doing this for a long time' and that it was the 'greatest compliment'. 

With the current global COVID-19 crisis, a lot of artists have delayed their album launches but The Weeknd made sure After Hours went ahead for his fans.

He said: 'I cut that discussion off right away. Fans had been waiting for the album, and I felt like I had to deliver it. 

'The commercial success is a blessing, especially because the odds were against me: [Music] streaming is down 10%, stores are closed, people can't go to concerts, but I didn't care. I knew how important it was to my fans.'


















Pals: On The Weeknd's new album, After Hours, the song Scared to Live has an interpolation of Your Song by Elton John (pictured) with 73-year-old hitmaker giving his approval 




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The Weeknd Opens Up About ‘After Hours,' Turning 30 and His Past - Variety