Joe Jonas Talks Sex, Drugs, Disney And Jonas Brothers Breakup
Joe Jonas wrote a tell-all essay for New York Magazine in which he reveals he lost his virginity when he was 20 and talks about the Jonas Brothers breakup.
“Joe Jonas: My Life As a Jonas Brother,” the essay Joe recently contributed to New York Magazine presents a detailed, personal account of Joe’s rise to fame within the Disney Channel and what’s next for him now that he has disbanded with brothers, Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas. The Jonas Brothers appeared on the scene in 2006-2007 when they got picked up by the Disney Chanel and appeared on Hannah Montana with Miley Cyrus, who they eventually opened for on tour.
Joe Jonas: Disney Pressure
In the essay, Joe reveals what it was like working for such a strict and wholesome corporation, saying that the brothers felt immense pressure to maintain their perfect image: “We didn’t want to disappoint anyone – our parents, our fans, our employers – so we put incredible pressure on ourselves, the kind of pressure that no teenager should be under.”
To illustrate his concerns with how Disney keeps tabs on their performers, Joe mentions Vanessa Hudgens, who was still starring in the High School Musical franchise when naked pictures of her were leaked onto the Internet in 2007. Joe says he and his brothers were told that Hudgens had been locked up in the Disney offices the entire day following the release of the photos.
“Disney is great at creating fame,” Joe writes, explaining how the company wanted the Jonas Brothers to keep up their wholesome, little boy image in everything, from their music to their short-lived television show Jonas.
Jonas Brothers And Sex
Joe also reveals that the promise rings the Jonas Brothers were famous for were never meant to become such a huge part in their image as a band, and expresses his belief that the publicity surrounding the rings made it even more difficult to do what they wanted to do creatively under the Disney umbrella.
“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—t in,” Joe writes.
Joe writes that that he has taken off the ring long ago and lost his virginity when he was 20. Though he won’t say who he lost it to, he does later write about his relationship with Twilight actress Ashley Greene, which he dubs his “first serious relationship.” The two began dating when he was 20.
Other risqué topics touched on by the singer/actor include dating fans and hooking up with an unnamed Disney starlet as a teen and passing out drunk when he turned 21. Perhaps one of the most buzz-worthy tidbits given in the essay is about Joe’s introduction to smoking weed featuring two other Disney Channel stars:
“The first time I smoked weed was with Demi [Lovato] 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.”
Miley, of course, has been making news recently with her pot-smoking habit (she even smoked a joint on stage at the EMAs), while Demi, who briefly dated Joe, has been outspoken about her fight to get sober after spending time in rehab in 2010.
The End Of The Jonas Brothers
Finally, Joe addresses the big breakup: the end of the Jonas Brothers.
“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, 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,” Joe writes.
The band was getting ready to begin a tour when they announced the breakup in fall of 2013, and now each brother is looking at separate careers and focusing on their family ties as brothers.
None of the people named in Joe’s essay have commented on any of his big reveals.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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