Fan Sends Severed Ear to Jared Leto

30 Seconds To Mars man receives bizarre gift.

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Speaking on XFM, 30 Seconds To Mars front man Jared Leto has revealed that a fan once sent him a severed ear as a gift:

"The fans are an incredibly committed and passionate group of people. Going to a show is kind of like visiting Japan, you expect gifts on your arrival. You get all kinds of wonderful things."

"Someone cut their ear off once and sent it to me, that was very strange. A whole ear. The Van Gogh move. The note just said, 'Are you listening?'. I never knew who it was, who's missing their ear out there."

When asked what he had done with the ear, Leto jokingly replied:

"I poked a hole in it and wore it as a necklace... Just don't put your entire body in a case and send it to us."

30 Seconds To Mars will release their fourth studio album, "Love Lust Faith + Dreams" on May 20th.

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    They should've known he'd be better off with a new arm. Heroin's a hella drug.
    What kind of psycho would cut off their ear?
    Just because he got an ear from a fan, doesn't mean it was the fan's ear...
    Hopefully, it was maybe someone going to mortuary school, or something. Hey, it may be gruesome (and illegal), but I'd rather think of someone sending him a dead person's ear than their very own. Hell, there just may not be any way to make this any less creepy.
    If it was a real human ear, it's disturbing regardless of where it came from.
    You want an ear? I can get you an ear, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me. Hell, I can get you an ear by 3 o'clock this afternoon... with earrings. These ****ing amateurs...
    I would never do something like that. Then I would have to convert all of my music from stereo to mono. Too much work for me.
    I would rip my ears off if I had to listen to them too.
    Do people on here really dislike 30stm that much? They're not my favorite but I think they're excellent at what they do..
    I think they are decent, not the greatest thing ever, but they aren't Nickelback either
    Oh **** off. 30 Seconds to Mars is a good band.
    By any chance I don't suppose you have one ear?
    And they call Justin Bieber fans mad?
    No, Justin Bieber fans just slit their wrists when a Hacked account on Twitter says he has Cancer.
    Does anyone actually believe he's telling the truth? I call B.S. He's inflating his own ego.
    He has a reputation for being a real egomaniacal jerk, so i wouldn't put it past him to make up something like this. He's a decent actor from what i've seen in American Psycho and Lord of war though.
    Yeah,it sounds like random shit you would make up in an interview when you have nothing interesting to say.
    I for one think Leto is a better actor than musician, but to everyone trashing him, he deserves a lot of credit for being one of the few actors who decided to attempt a music career, that was successful for his music rather than just his acting career, even if acting is what jump started it. That ear....thats just weird.
    Yeah, it must be so difficult to be a successful, wealthy, good-looking actor with a built-in fanbase of teenage girls when trying to launch a music career with overproduced, cheesy, radio-friendly, commercial emo-pop. Let's give this guy a hand.
    you can say what you want....I'm not really of fan of the music either. I dont know your age so I dont know if you'd really remember this, but in the 90s neither Johnny Depp or River Phoenix could do it despite being huge among little teenage girls.
    Johnny Depp's band was kind of a strange alternative/psychedelic thing and he wasn't the vocalist. If Depp had tried to make a radio-friendly commercial band he might have had better success. Phoenix, as far as I recall, had some folk-rock band with his sister that was going for the indie/college radio sound. Not exactly commercial either. 30 seconds to mars is basically custom-made music for appealing to 14 year old emo girls. If a board room of label execs wanted to form a band to cash in on the hot topic/emo subculture, they couldn't dream up something more obvious and appropriate than Let's horrid band.
    I can agree with your statement and appreciate that, unlike some people on this site, you have an actual intelligent opinion. The only thing I'm pointing out is that he has been able to separate music from acting. I do wish he would live up to potential, as the guy does have an excellent voice, and the band has shown potential in the past.
    Just looking at the pic above of Jared - is that him auditioning for the part of Holly in the new series of Red Dwarf?!
    whats with the pic of this guy? he looks like Jambi from pee wee's playhouse
    Lyrics to Fallen... hardcore oldschool fan right there! Sorta interested in the new album, the last one had some awesome spots like Night of the Hunter and Hurricane..
    I thought some of their songs were alright, but when I saw them at a festival, he spent half the time talking about himself and flirting with girls. I can see why you might do that at your own headline show, but at a festival is a pretty big turn off for any casual/non-fans
    This wasn't a fan, this was someone who went crazy when he had to listen to that shitty ass band. He sent the ear in as a plea for them to shut up
    Har har har. So clever and original. You must feel good about yourself for using the same joke that has been re-hashed about 1385961375091 times in 29576049 different ways for every time someone wants to bash a band they don't like. 30 Seconds To Mars is a decently good band. Why are you even posting on an article that's related to them when you have nothing good, clever, or original to say? Go home, Anon Troll! You're drunk!
    I read it because i found it interesting that someone cut their ear off, don't be so offended. Edit: Only noticed now the joke had been used. Chill
    No offense, but I feel like I see a joke like that about five times a week here at UG. You presented it in a clever context, for sure, but if you run your mouth you gotta expect some feedback. All I know about 30STM is that Jarod Leto got his arm hacked of in Requiem for a Dream and his head split open in American Psycho...
    I betcha one of his bat shit crazy fans went out killed a hooker, cut her ear off and mailed it to him.
    Well then.... This is probably the weirdest article ug has posted....
    "When asked what he had done with the ear, Leto jokingly replied: "I poked a hole in it and wore it as a necklace... Just don't put your entire body in a case and send it to us."" That's totally not creepy, not creepy at all
    If this album isn't more like their first album, I might cash in my chips and walk away.
    Thrice Capades
    Yeah, tough seeing a band that can be so good at being hard lean the soft way. I need more Capricorn and less Kings & Queens.
    I'd call the police before making it into a necklace or touching it altogether, but I'm just weird like that.
    If they don't know who's ear it is, how do you know that the person who sent it didn't cut someone else's ear off?