Jared Leto Doesn’t ‘Give A F—k’ About Taylor Swift
Update, 12/8: Jared Leto has apologized to Taylor Swift over the comments he made in a months-old video that made its way online this week. The actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman tweeted a mea culpa yesterday, saying, "The truth is I think
@taylorswift13 is amazing + an incredible example of what's possible. If I hurt her or her fans my sincerest apologies."
Perhaps as a fellow musician, Leto regrets that the singer's now privy to critical remarks that weren't meant for mixed company (i.e., Taylor's ears). Or maybe he felt the social media wrath of Swift's more...passionate fans, who producer Diplo once described as "mean-spirited, evil human beings." Either way, glad this inter-genre dustup is settled — the dustup between Leto and Taylor's fans, that is. Swift might be too busy hanging with kangaroos in Australia to care.
Earlier today (December 7), TMZ posted months-old footage of the actor-slash-musician listening to Swift's album for the first time while in a Los Angeles recording studio with one of his Thirty Seconds to Mars bandmates. In it, Leto gives his organic reactions to the album's first three tracks, and they're a real mixed bag.
Like many people with working ear drums, Leto is not a fan of album opener “Welcome to New York” (“Oh, I don’t like this at all, next”). “Blank Space” fares a little better, though he considers it something of a successful Charli XCX knockoff (“I like this verse, actually…It is good, it sounds great. I wanna steal that"). Leto also misinterprets the lyrics in "Blank Space," hearing "Starbucks lovers" instead of "long list of ex-lovers" just like the majority of listeners did when it first came out. Finally, “Style” gets a decent mini-review (“Interesting little pop song”).
But whatever inspiration Leto might have been trying to glean from the chart-topping album didn’t stick. He eventually concluded, “I mean, f—k her. I don’t give a f—k about her. It’s whatever works for us.” Sure is!
Check out the video above to watch Leto give his personal 1989 critique.
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