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The Weeknd used to go on stage drunk

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Singer The Weeknd has revealed that he would get intoxicated before going on stage to help him cope with his nervousness.

The 26-year-old "Hills" singer is now sober following stints of heavy partying and drug-taking at the beginning of his career, and he said he used to go on stage drunk to help him get through the show because he was so worried about singing in front of thousands of people, reported Contactmusic.

"You have to fight the nerves, man... You're singing to people, it's an emotional thing," he said.

"It's nerve-racking... You're literally putting yourself out to hundreds and thousands of people. You have to fight that. 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 love performing.

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First Published: Sat, November 26 2016. 07:57 IST