In an announcement that many fans had suspected was coming for some time, Tomo Milicevic, the guitarist for US rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars since 2003, took to Twitter last night to announce he had left the group. The 38-year-old posted a heartfelt message that began:
“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.”
His post went on to single out his now former band-mates and he expressed his gratitude to them, adding:
“…thank you to Jared and Shannon for allowing me the privilege to be a small part of their dream…I’ll cherish the moments we had together.”
The message also addressed the fans, asking that they:
“…please don’t be sad or angry over this…” and calling for them to:
“Remember something very important, this band brought us ALL together…me included.”
You can read Milicevic’s full post below.
— Uncle Tomo (@tomofromearth) June 11, 2018
Milicevic hadn’t played with the band since leaving their current tour in March, with the official Thirty Seconds To Mars Twitter account posting the following on the 16th of the month:
We wanted to let you know that Tomo is taking a break from tour to deal with some personal matters. Thank you for respecting his privacy at this time. We will be continuing the Monolith Tour and are looking forward to seeing you all on the road very soon.
— THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS (@30SECONDSTOMARS) March 16, 2018
Moments after Milicevic made his announcement, fans of the band, collectively known as the Echelon, flooded the social media site with messages of support for the guitarist, many of the tweets ending with the hashtag #ThankYouTomo. You can read just a few of them below.
#ThankYouTomo Thank you for being apart of such an amazing band that means everything to me. As an echelon you’ll always have my support. I love you and wish you the best. ❤️
— rachel ⨺ | ₪ ø lll ·o. (@hailtotheleto) June 11, 2018
#ThankyouTomo thank you for this amazing journey,i wasn't here since the beginnig but i saw all the good things you did. You are such an amazing person,you are a ball of happiness and i wish you the very best in this new chapter in your life .I love you so much @tomofromearth 💛 pic.twitter.com/Wk0akK9eY6
— ana 92 (@adoreleto) June 11, 2018
#ThankYouTomo for all the beautiful moments you gave us over the years. We love you so so much and we will always be here for you no matter what the future has in store for you!! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qvIvRWyNT6
— Seleya (@shansremedy) June 11, 2018
— anna loves tomo. thank you tomo (@twilight_crech) June 11, 2018
#ThankYouTomo for all this amazing years with you. You always made me laugh. Thank you for incredible concerts, your cooking lessons and for being who you are. We love you so much and we will always support you ❤️
”Belive in yourself. Follow your dreams no matter what.” pic.twitter.com/i7Uu1dQNyn
— maddie #ThankYouTomo (@maddievxx) June 11, 2018
— Karin (@KarinfromMars) June 11, 2018
Remaining and founding members of the band Jared and Shannon Leto have yet to comment on Tomo’s departure from the band and are part way through the US leg of their Monolith Tour, in support of latest album America.