Thirty Seconds To Mars front man Jared Leto has opened up about his ‘very poor’ upbringing in Louisiana, where art and creativity were empahsised and money and fame seemed a million miles away.
In a recent interview with online retailer Mr Porter, the 41 year old, said he was raised in a very creative household. “I had no concept of the word ‘fame’; or a notion of success or money, you have to do what is important to you and protect that” he openly admitted.
Having rose to fame as a successful musician and actor, Leto also said that his creative flair wasn’t always a good thing in the eyes of critics. Admitting people will always be cynical about his so called ‘double life’ Leto said, “There are always going to be people who don’t like you, who go, “F*** that guy, he shouldn’t make music, he makes movies,”‘ adding: “It’s a bizarre attitude.”
Other topics on the agenda, included the star’s band and how the three-piece have rocketed to fame, capturing the heart of many. With Thirty Seconds To Mars having just released their latest album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, the front man spoke out about the album his very ‘personal’ to him and everything he’s been through:
“And we wanted to put a little bit of our life on there. The whole record is very personal and I hope it is an album that can be transformative. There are people out there who may think they have an idea of who we are, but I think this record can change some perceptions. It’s not just a rock record, it’s more expansive. We’ve been doing this for a long, long time – we first signed a deal in 1998, and we’d been making music for 10 years before that. It’s hard to complain: on the tour for our last album we sold out Wembley and the O2 arena, and we started out at the Barfly in Camden in 2001 or 2002. It’s a slow, steady climb to the middle, as they say.”
In the photoshoot that accompanies the interview Leto is snapped channelling his rocker side. Sporting a Saint Laurent leather jacket and Marsell combat boots, he has his hair slicked back to show off his chiseled features. You can read the full interview by clicking here.