Well, the Jonas Brothers may have gone kaput, but Joe Jonas is talking about how and why it all happened in a revealing story for New York, where the singer reveals that the band’s split was a long time coming — and a lot of other stuff, too!
He talks about their ascent to stardom! He talks about the fans! He talks about his love life! He talks about the fame! He talks about Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus! Ah, yes, this is a good one, folks. The rare celebrity interview that’s actually genuinely revealing.
So! With respect to the music: “The Jonas Brothers’ breakup was going on for a lot longer than a lot of people thought,” he explained. “The whole situation was breaking us up as a family, and we ultimately felt like we were holding each other back.”
And what was the straw that broke the camel’s back? Jonas elaborates here:
Things came to a head when we had a meeting where we thought we were going to talk about how to release our new music and it ended up shifting into this huge fight. That was the first time we were really honest with one another about a lot of stuff we weren’t happy with. The fight got loud. I was screaming. When Nick presented the idea of closing a chapter and moving on, I freaked out. I didn’t know whether to pick up and leave or just punch something, because I was furious. I’d spent so long working with my brothers on this band, and in my mind, it felt like we were just giving up. It didn’t make sense to me.
But once I started peeling back the layers, I understood. There were a lot of dysfunctional things going on. The music was getting stale, too, because we’d write it and record it and then it would sit around for a long time. After that meeting, we took a night to think about things, met again, and nothing was resolved, so we decided to take a week and think about it. Then we canceled the tour.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
The personal stuff is all interesting, but the most intriguing element? Jonas reveals that the first time he smoked weed was with Lovato and Cyrus, as a teenager: “The first time I smoked weed was with Demi and Miley. 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.” Ah, but if only Cyrus could say the same.
Read the full interview at Vulture.
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