Interview: Nick & Joe Jonas On Staying Brothers But Not ‘The Jonas Brothers’
It’s been over two weeks and Joe Jonas is still being asked about his confession to New York Magazine. You know, the one where he revealed the secrets of his Jonas Brothers past, including telling some very un-Disney about some of the network’s biggest past stars.
“There’s no like master plan behind it or anything like that,” he recently told Radio.com of the interview. “It was just stuff I wanted to kind of speak about.”
In the piece, Joe talks about the first time he smoked weed — with Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus when he was 17 — and makes mention of a certain Disney starlet who he used to hook up with, choosing to keep her name a secret.
The middle brother also shared with the magazine what it was like working with Disney — exciting, also stressful — and talked about his views on religion, specifically those celibacy rings he and his brothers wore that Joe says often dominated the conversation surrounding JoBros. These are things he probably wouldn’t have been able to reveal had the Jonas Brothers not called it quits in October.
“I think it was kind of a fun, relieving way of doing that,” Joe said about finally getting those things off his chest. “It’s stuff you can’t necessarily put in a song…It was fun to kind of express to people my journey.”
Backstage with his younger brother Nick at Chicago radio station B96’s (a Radio.com station) Jingle Bash concert this past weekend, where the brothers — sans Kevin — would later treat the crowd to a surprise set, Joe spoke about the mixed reaction the article has gotten from his peers.
While Lovato — who dated Joe for a month in 2011 — tweeted her support, other stars like Dylan Sprouse defended growing up Disney. Sprouse, who along with twin brother Cole starred on the show Suite Life from 2005 to 2011, wrote on his Tumblr, “I think it’s bulls*** that they were being robbed of choice or creativity. If they wanted to, they could have told Disney ‘NO.'”
Though he’s mostly been met with positive reactions, Joe knew the interview was going to rub some people the wrong way and didn’t let it worry him.
“I wrote this for myself and put it out there so people could kind of get a picture, a little bit more of a picture of what my life was like,” Joe explained.
The only people Joe didn’t want to disappoint was his family, whom he admits found some of the content in the article a bit jarring.
“When you first read it, because it’s so open…I think there was a little bit of a nervous feeling around the household,” Joe explained.”But at the end of the day, my parents know who I am and they know everything that’s in there already and I guess you could say they’re proud of their son.”
Due to contractual obligations, the brothers still have a few shows left to play together before they officially call it quits and go their separate ways. Though both plan to keep doing music, neither knows exactly what they’ll do next.
Nick says he wants to “experiment freely” and “open up new windows of creativity,” to see where that leads. Joe reiterated that he would like to work with his brothers again in the future, but in the meantime wanted to start teaming up with producers and songwriters whom he really respects and looks up to. He’s not in any rush though to start working on a solo album. “I’ll see what I can come up with in due time,” Joe said with a smile “Let there be some holiday.”
The Jonas’ don’t seem scared by this great unknown that they’re heading into, but rather, happy to be free of all the responsibilities that accompanying the JoBros life.
“I think we’re all in a good place,” Nick said. “We know we made the decision as a group and now we’re each excited about our own opportunities and what can happen there and prioritizing being brothers first. And it’s a little scary, and a little sad, but more than anything it’s a nice next step we’re focused on.”
(Interview by Kurt Wolff)