Coronavirus anxiety has affected just about everyone over the past few weeks, with one notable exception: Jared Leto, who tweeted on Tuesday that he had just emerged from a 12-day silent meditation in the desert with his family, only to learn that in his absence, the world had been turned upside down by COVID-19.
“We were totally isolated. No phone, no communication etc. We had no idea what was happening outside the facility,” Leto wrote, which is totally understandable given the circumstances, and fairly horrifying (can you imagine essentially waking up to the news that a viral pandemic was spreading around the globe?). Yet, at the same time, it feels like something that would, well, only happen to Jared Leto.
Leto has a knack for getting himself into bizarre situations—remember when he carried a replica of his own head to the Met Ball?—and somehow, the fact that he learned about COVID-19’s spread within the U.S. after a nearly two-week silent meditation just feels right. The 48-year-old actor has said he was raised by hippies, so the fact that major world news bypassed him while he was attaining inner peace shouldn’t be totally surprising.
I, personally, am getting a much-needed infusion of humor from imagining Leto sitting cross-legged in the desert, totally silent, with a Don Draper-like expression of beatitude and peace on his face. Maybe there are daisies braided into his long mane; maybe he’s wearing flowing robes (made by Gucci, of course.) Welcome to our new reality, Jared; we’re sorry to see you robbed of your zen.