After serving in the band for fifteen years, it appears that Californian stadium rockers Thirty Seconds To Mars have regrettably parted ways with their long-time guitarist, Tomo Miličević.
Suspicions of Miličević‘s remaining position in the band first arose earlier this year during the band’s UK headline tour in support of their new album, ‘America’.
The now former guitarist joined the band back in 2003 shortly after the released of their debut self-titled record. He then went on to feature on their following five full-length records.
Miličević confirmed the news of his departure via his personal Twitter account where he issued an official statement, stating that this decision “will be good for everyone.”
You can read his full statement below.
— Uncle Tomo (@tomofromearth) June 11, 2018
“There’s really not an easy way to say it so I thought, just say it.
I am no longer with Thirty Seconds To Mars.
I don’t really know how to explain in a note how I could have come to a decision like this, but please believe me when I say that this is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band.
The years that I have been priviledged enough to spend with all of you will live inside of my heart and mind as some of the most amazing memories I’ll ever have. Even though this is incredibly painful because of my attachment to, and love for everyone involved, I know that this pain will be fleeting for myself, and anyone who’s feeling the same because I know that it is the right thing.
If there are any thoughts that have resonated with us throughout the years they are this…
Believe in yourself.
Follow your dreams no matter what.
I want to just say how lucky I feel to have been able to stand on that stage in front of you all, alongside Jared and Shannon, and to share the moments that we have shared over these last fifteen years together.
I want you all to know how much I love everyone and how much I appreciate all of your well wishes while I was working up the courage to write these words to you all, and I’m sorry it took so long to do so.
Most of all I want to say thank you to Jared and Shannon for allowing me the priviledge to be a small part of their dream and to have been able to share the stage with them for so long, I’ll cherish the moments we had together and I’ll have love in my heart every time I think of those days until I draw my final breath.
Thank you so much for giving me the change to live one of my dreams…
To the fans I say this,
Please don’t be sad or angry over this and most of all, please don’t be divided over this, this is a good thing and will be good for everyone. Remember something very important, this band brought ALL of us together, me included. So, even though I’m leaving the band my spirit will never leave the family, and you never know, maybe you’ll see me sitting next to you on the lawn somewhere sometime just singing along…
With Love and Gratitude,
The band’s latest full-length album, ‘America’, is out now through Interscope Records.