Joe Jonas, one-third of the now-defunct Jonas Brothers band, is shedding his squeaky clean Disney image and speaking out about fame, sex, and how Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato introduced him to marijuana.
The Jonas Brothers – Joe, 24, Kevin, 26, and Nick, 21 – shot to fame in 2005 after gaining exposure on the Disney Channel and soon drew a loyal following. From the outside, the trio appeared to be the epitome of clean-cut and family oriented, but Joe Jonas' new tell-all with New York magazine's Vulture website
reveals just exactly what was going on behind-the-scenes.
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On smoking weed:
"The first time I smoked weed was 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. I was caught drinking when I was 16 or 17, and I thought the world was going to collapse. But I was in another country, and it was legal there. My 21st birthday, I fell down a flight of stairs. I was unconscious that time, and my whole team was scared to death that somebody was going to get a picture. Now I appreciate wine or a vodka-soda at the end of the day every once in a while."
On his relationship with Lovato:
"We eventually dated for a month. I really got to know her and got to see the ins and outs of what she was struggling with, like drug abuse. 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."
On the much-publicized promise rings he and his brothers wore as a symbol of their virginities:
"It started when I was really young — I must have been 10 or 11. There’s a program people do in some churches called True Love Waits, where you wait for marriage to have sex… We decided to take the rings off a few years ago. I lost my virginity when I was 20. I did other stuff before then, but I was sexually active at 20."
On how Disney execs controlled the Jonas Brothers' squeaky clean image:
"Because of our age, because of Disney, because of those rings, there were so many things throughout our career that we had to sugarcoat. If a lyric was slightly sexual, someone at the record company would tell us we had to change it. It could be the most innocent reference, like 'I’m alone in a room with you,' and it would have to go. It felt like we couldn’t be creative, so we stopped listening to them and just started handing s— in."
On what happened behind-the-scenes of the Jonas Brothers' breakup:
"The Jonas Brothers’ breakup was going on for a lot longer than a lot of people thought. We hit a place where we just weren’t jelling on the same things, and we didn't want to become a band that was worried about the fact that people didn’t understand how cool we were. The whole situation was breaking us up as a family, and we ultimately felt like we were holding each other back. 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."
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