The 11 Most OMG Revelations From Joe Jonas’ Tell-All Essay
Now that he has ended the successful boy band chapter of his life, Joe Jonas isn’t holding back any secrets anymore!
The middle Jonas penned an open essay entitled “Joe Jonas: My Life As a Jonas Brother” for the December 9 issue of New York magazine, which chronicles his life as part of a musical trio with his brothers and exposes some shocking hidden truths about fame, relationships, and drugs.
Here are 11 of his most jaw-dropping revelations:
1. He preferred punk-rock shows to Sunday church outings
“I had to wear a suit every Sunday, because my parents wanted me to be this role model that I didn’t always want to be. I preferred going to punk-rock shows in small venues in New Jersey, where we grew up…”
2. The Jonas Brothers faced haters before fame
“We opened up for the Veronicas, who had a club crowd, and we had to prove to those crowds that we could really play. It was always a struggle because every single night we were walking into hate. Sometimes people flipped us off, threw water bottles at us.”
3. Disney made them “frightened little kids”
“We were working with Disney in 2007 when the Vanessa Hudgens nude-photo scandal happened. We’d hear execs talking about it, and they would tell us that they were so proud of us for not making the same mistakes, which made us feel like we couldn’t ever mess up… We were frightened little kids.”
4. He thought their Disney Channel show, Jonas, had terrible writing
“It just ended up being some weird slapstick humor that only a 10-year-old would laugh at. I had to shave every day because they wanted me to pretend like I was 16 when I was 20 (when the show was done, I cut my hair off and grew as much of a beard as I could). We went along with it at the time, because we thought Disney was our only real shot, and we were terrified that it could all be taken away from us at any moment.
5. Joe, Kevin, and Nick didn’t want to bring attention to their promise rings
“The topic that dominated news coverage of us for a long time was the whole promise-ring thing. I remember this interview with this guy whose entire agenda was to focus on the rings. He kept pushing the subject, and when we insisted that we didn’t want to talk about it, he told us, ‘I can write whatever I want,’ which terrified us. But back then, we explained that we had made these promises to ourselves when we were younger. A few months later, it comes out that we’re in some cult and that we’re these little staged Mickey Mouse kids.”
6. He lost his virginity at age 20 to the “right person”
“We decided to take the rings off a few years ago. I lost my virginity when I was 20… I’m glad I waited for the right person, because you look back and you go, “That girl was bats**t crazy. I’m glad I didn’t go there.”
7. His relationship with Demi Lovato was a roller coaster of sympathy
“I felt like I needed to take care of her, but at the same time I was living a lie, because I wasn’t happy but felt like I had to stay in it for her, because she needed help. I couldn’t express any of that, of course, because I had a brand to protect. It was an insane situation to be in.”
8. He has dated fans
“I remember I invited a fan to a movie, and we just made out the entire time.”
9. He smoked marijuana for the first time with Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus
“I must have been 17 or 18. They kept saying, ‘Try it! Try it!’ so I gave it a shot, and it was all right. I don’t even smoke weed that often anymore. Being a part of the Disney thing for so long will make you not want to be this perfect little puppet forever. Eventually, I hit a limit and thought, ‘Screw all this, I’m just going to show people who I am.’”
10. One of his biggest career disappointments is his solo album, Fastlife
“I handed the songs in, and Hollywood Records was like, ‘This doesn’t work.’ We reached out to some of the biggest producers in the business, Rob Knox and Danja, for the solo album that actually got released…When I heard the album was going to have a parental-advisory label because of it, half of me was thinking, ‘Sweet! People are going to think I’m a badass.’ The other half thought, ‘That’s going to alienate a lot of fans in Middle America.’ But I think there were a lot of cooks in the kitchen, and I think it was rushed, and I couldn’t speak up because I was scared to. They wanted me to be this Justin Timberlake clone.
11. Jonas Brothers break up: Joe wanted a sexier music video, Nick was too controlling
“I wanted to go sexier with a video, for example, and Kevin wasn’t comfortable with that, for his reasons. I mean, he’s married, and I get that. Nick also had a louder voice than me and Kevin when it came to music and major decisions—he took a leadership role in the band, which got to us after a while. When Nick presented the idea of closing a chapter and moving on, I freaked out.”
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