Jared Leto has talked about his history of drug use in a candid interview (Picture: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)
Jared Leto has opened up on how he overcame his time as a ‘professional’ drug abuser thanks to a ‘moment of clarity’.
The Requiem for a Dream actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman, 51, said he was exposed to illegal substances from a young age which made him ‘always interested’ in drugs.
He told Apple’s The Zane Lowe Show about how his time experimenting with them grew into a frightening habit.
‘I grew up in an environment where there were drugs around. I mean, I knew what the smell of weed is, as a very, very young kid,’ he revealed.
‘I remember walking by some trees, like bushes or something as a young kid, very young kid, maybe, I don’t know, fourth grade or something, and saying to the other kids, “Oh, someone’s smoking pot there.”
‘They’re like, “What do you mean? What’s pot?” They didn’t know what that certain spice was. But for us, it was pretty normal.
The musician spoke about his long-time interest in drugs during an appearance on The Zane Lowe Show (Picture: Richard Young/Shutterstock)
‘I was always interested in that. I was always interested in drugs. I was always interested in an experience. I was interested in taking some risk, yeah.’
The Haunted Mansion star went on to say that he thinks it is ‘probably common’ for people to want to explore drugs, but that addiction is a very real fear.
‘Addiction is a whole another part of it, of course. Taking drugs is one thing, but does it start taking you?’ he continued.
‘I took it for a ride, and then it took me for a ride for sure.’
The rocker added he kicked drugs at the height of his use when he had an “epiphany”.
‘I had a moment of clarity. I had an epiphany. There were two paths that I could take in life. I guess is the only way I can describe it,’ he said.
He said that a moment of clarity led to him leaving his drug-fuelled lifestyle behind (Picture: Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
‘I took that path (away from drugs.) I’ve had very close friends who didn’t, and they’re not here anymore. Many.’
Speaking about his drug use in 2016 with Rolling Stone, Leto said that there were a few drugs he tried that ‘tend to kick you in the a**.’
‘My experience with drugs? I did them, lots of them. A lot of them were really fun. There are just those few that tend to kick you in the a**,’ he said.
‘I guess at some point, too, there’s a decision: Is this going to be my life? I made a choice to pursue other dreams.”
‘I guess that’s just the kind of fucked thing about a lot of drugs – the opportunity cost is too high. Some drugs are incredible, but the risk versus reward is …read more