Jared Leto has revealed that a “moment of clarity” led him to overcome being a “professional drug user.”
Appearing on “The Zane Lowe Show” this week, the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman said he was exposed to drugs from a young age, which made him “always interested” in them.
“I grew up in an environment where there were drugs. I mean, I knew what weed smelled like, when I was very, very young,” the Oscar winner, 51, told host Zane Lowe.
“I remember walking by trees, like bushes or something, when I was a young kid, a really young kid, maybe, I don’t know, fourth grade or something . And telling the other kids, “Oh, someone’s smoking weed over there.” They say to me: “What do you mean? What is pot? They didn’t know what this spice was. But for us, it was pretty normal.
The “House of Gucci” actor admitted that his curiosity about drugs led him to give in and sell them himself.
“It’s always interested me,” he shared. “I have always been interested in drugs. I have always been interested in an experience. I wanted to take risks, yes.
“I think it’s probably common among people who like to experiment or explore,” he added.
The “Dallas Buyers Club” star continued, “Addiction is of course a whole other part of it. Taking drugs is one thing, but are you starting to get addicted to them?
“I took him for a ride, and then I had to take a ride, for sure,” the “Suicide Squad” actor added.
Elsewhere, the rocker said he finally had “an epiphany” at the height of his drug use, which led him to re-evaluate his lifestyle.
“I had a moment of clarity,” he recalls. “I had a revelation. There were two paths I could take in life. I guess that’s the only way I can describe it,” he explained.
“I took this path. I’ve had very close friends who didn’t, and they’re not here anymore. A lot.”
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Leto previously opened up about his relationship with drugs in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2016.
“My experience with drugs? ” He asked. “I did a lot. A lot of them were really fun. There are just a few that tend to kick your a*s. I guess at some point too, there’s a decision: is this going to be my life? I made the choice to pursue other dreams.
“I guess that’s just the kind of screwed up thing with a lot of drugs: the opportunity cost is too high. Some drugs are amazing, but the risk/reward ratio is irrelevant. I’ve just seen too many examples of what not to do.