When it comes to his personal life, Jared Leto isn’t exactly a public person, but he has been dating model Valery Kaufman, 26, for several years now.
We learned a lot about Kaufman and Leto after the two were spotted on a Malibu hike in early June 2020. The two were pictured rock climbing again in September 2020.
To learn more about Kaufman’s life and career as a model as well as her romance with Leto, read on.
Kaufman — Russian model
Models.com named Kaufman one of the top 50 models in the business. With a Saint Laurent commercial under his belt as early as 2014, Kaufman was on his way to big things in advertising. I’ve always known I’d be doing this [modelling].” Kaufman told i-D in November 2014. As children, my older sister and I participated in a number of beauty pageants.
Since I was nine years old, I’ve been dancing nonstop in front of the mirror. No matter how it happened, I always assumed I’d be a performer or model. My photos were sent to several agencies, but I wasn’t scouted. So I flew to New York after receiving a call from Ford, and after touring the city’s various agencies, settled on Marilyn before making my way to The Society, where I am now represented.
It was only a matter of time before I was invited to take part in New York Fashion Week. Since then, there have been four seasons. It’s insane, but you can’t help but get sucked in. Fittings and castings take place every day, but when they slow down, it feels like nothing is happening. Almost compelled to continue because you’re so accustomed to it.
Kaufman was born and raised in Moscow
She opened up to i-D about her early years growing up. She remarked, “Growing up in Russia was incredible. In my opinion, my city is the best place in the world to be. I’m impressed by the people and their attitude. It’s always evolving. For Moscow, this is the beginning of a new era marked by the construction of skyscrapers of dizzying proportions.
In the past, it was a little different, almost like a small village. There used to be only a few large office buildings, but now there are a plethora of smaller ones. Historical and cultural aspects of it are still being worked out. A great place to raise a family!”
Leto and Kaufman began their friendship as friends
In the beginning, they didn’t get together. At first glance, “they appeared to be pals,” a source told the newspaper. It was common for them to go out in groups and socialise. When they went on dates, they didn’t go alone.
For years, Leto and Kaufman have been on-again, off-again
“Things appear to have become more romantic over time,” a source said in June 2020. There are reports that they’ve been spending more time together recently after dating for a few years.
Throughout the years, the two have only been pictured together a handful of times. Every single one of them was filmed at the same time in July 2017, February 2018, February 2020, and September 2020.
Kaufman, who was born on May 30 and is a Gemini, is 26 years old
She posted a picture of herself as a child on Instagram to mark her birthday in 2020. A Capricorn, Leto’s zodiac sign, makes for an interesting astrological pairing.
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On Instagram, Kaufman has over 509,000 followers
She mainly posts pictures of her modelling work and occasional selfies with her dog to her Instagram account. Her relationship with Leto has not been made public on the grid.
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Kaufman has commented about her passion for acting, music (particularly Michael Jackson’s), and art
Even though Kaufman hasn’t given many in-depth interviews over the years, in 2014 she did talk about her passions with i-D. In her own words, she grew up listening to artists like “Michael Jackson and Bob Marley. They’re both kings of music in my eyes, they’re both my idols.” Songs like “Billie Jean,” “Bad,” and “Thriller” (to which I used to dance) are among my all-time favourites.
Kaufman said, “I’m a big fan of art, and I go to a lot of galleries.” My favourite pop artists are Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. The butterfly pieces by Damien Hirst also pique my interest! I adore his sense of fashion. New York Film Academy is where I also study acting. We’ll see how it goes at New York University for Theater next year.”