The Jonas Bros didn’t know if they would speak to each other after their 2013 split

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The Jonas Brothers cover the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar Men, and it’s a digital issue, meaning there is no hard copy, no newsstand magazine. The JoBros are obviously promoting their new album and documentary of the same name, Chasing Happiness. I haven’t really minded their promotion, by the way. I was too old to care about the JoBros the first time around, but I liked Nick and Joe’s solo music ventures, and I like how open they’ve been about their dysfunctional relationship and how they needed to move apart before they could come back together. That’s a lot of what this Bazaar profile is – talking about how much has changed, and more. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Joe on the tipping point for the band: “At some point [the band] got so dysfunctional that we didn’t even let in outside writers. We didn’t have a producer. We didn’t have a label. We were like, ‘We’re good with this.’ Not to speak of memes, but it was like that dog and the burning house: ‘This is fine.’”

Kevin on their infamous breakup in 2013: “Being back with the Jonas Brothers? I truly never thought it would happen. Like, ever. When that chapter closed, it closed. I put that book on the shelf….It was like, ‘You’re joking.’ And then it was like, ‘F–k this. And f–k you guys.’ I was like, I’m going to go figure out what’s next for me and this will never happen again.”

Nick on the breakup: “Right after the band broke up, I didn’t know if we would ever speak again.”

Nick on being the one who ended the band: “I felt guilty for having been so honest. But I was also aware that was absolutely what needed to be done. I could have done a better job of communicating the way I felt. I’d had a month or two to live with this decision I’d made, and they hadn’t.”

Nick on his wife, Priyanka Chopra: “Certainly the person I ended up falling in love with and marrying is very famous and successful and all of that. I couldn’t have predicted that would happen, that life would take me down that path. The fact that she’d been working in this business for as long as I have, we could relate on that. I’m grateful to have found the right person.”

Joe on his marriage to Sophie Turner: “We had to do a legal marriage before we did a real big one.” They’re having a wedding in France this summer, but they needed to get the union on the books in the U.S. beforehand. “It was either the courthouse, or our version, and I preferred our version. Friends, Elvis and Ring Pops.”

Joe on pop stars not bothering with secrecy anymore: “That’s why everyone loves Cardi B so much. She’s the Queen right now, because she is so brutally honest on her Instagram, whether it’s about herself, or others, politics. She’s a badass. I think people respond to that way more to that, than any kind of mystery.”

[From Harper’s Bazaar Men Digital]

Okay, I am delighted with the idea of Joe Jonas secretly social-media-stalking Cardi B to see what she’s up to and how she’s living her life. He’s right about how Cardi is super-open and very honest about everything, but I feel like pop stars have done that before. It goes in phases and cycles – sometimes we’re living through a cycle where everyone is hyper-managed and terrified of letting people in, and sometimes we’re in a cycle where stars are super-messy and they let it all hang out. As for the rest of it… they grew up. They were mad at each other at the time, but they needed that space to grow up and figure sh-t out apart from each other. What’s weird is how it was treated as this scandalous thing when it wasn’t.

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Photos courtesy of Eric Ray Davidson for Harper’s Bazaar Men, sent from promotional Bazaar email.

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  1. Louise177 says:

    I think it was considered such a scandal because they were brothers. People like to assume that being family makes things easier but most of the time it seems harder. Also they were really young. A lot of things get on your nerves more quickly as a teenager.

  2. Uppenyrcraut says:

    Loving the coat made of old muppets on Nick. So fetch.

  3. CROWHOOD says:

    I will forever wonder what Priyanka sees in that sweaty little boy….

    • Jen says:

      Possibly all the attention she gets from being married to him??

    • Sam says:

      I watched their episode of Songland. Nick was in his element working on songs. I got how Priyanka could fall for him because he’s clearly the leader and decision maker in the room. A Quarterback of the football team vibe, which isn’t typical of musicians and actors. She’s the alpha of her family married to the alpha of the Jonas family. I’ve also learned Nick and Priyanka were raised by basically the same parenting dynamic. Musician/singer fathers that were cheerleader types who lived vicariously through their children actually becoming professional performers. Very confident pragmatic boss lady mothers who were willing to indulge their husband’s dreams.

    • Dani says:

      I’m so ashamed of this statement but – I actually find Nick really attractive and like pouty in this big brooding sort of way. I don’t know. I need help.

  4. TheBees says:

    Aww they’ve gotta little elfin vibe going on in that first pic. Not a fan of the pubic hair coat but the pictures are nice.

  5. Cait says:

    Just a note… the album is called Happiness Begins and the doc is Chasing Happiness. I reluctantly loved them in middle/high school and reluctantly love them yet again. Watched the doc last night and it was pretty good!

  6. Cindy says:

    This was one boy band I always knew wasn’t lasting very long. Just the image they were made to project – that they were this chaste, squeaky-clean family band, that in all their daintiness was still supposed to sexually appeal to teenaged girls… I mean, when you take in consideration they were young men and their hormones were at their peak rage it was very obvious they couldn’t keep up that facade for very long.

    That’s actually the first thing I thought of when they talked about Cardi – Cardi’s honesty is refreshing because even if she can be annoying and terrible at times, at least you don’t get the impression it’s a fabricated image. The Jonas Brothers, like all of those Disney stars, were very obviously pretending to be something they aren’t.

  7. Megan says:

    I don’t know if I have ever even heard a song by any of them, but Nick was hilarious in season one of Scream Queens.

  8. TheRickestRick says:

    Which one is the hot one?

  9. Shaniam says:

    All of them.

    • TheRickestRick says:

      I’m just curious because I’m also too old to really know the Jonas’s. They’re all decent looking lads but was one of them the stand out? The Justin Timberlake to the rest of NSYNC? And if so, which one was it?

  10. BrickyardUte says:

    I remember when Joe was dating that model and looked so drugged out the entire time. I worried about him and am happy to See him with Sophie. I really always found him handsome and more authentic than Nick. Nick seems so into his own Q rating and coverage. Him marrying Pri 8 times was annoying and oversaturated for my taste. Kevin seems like a sweet goofball and happy to be along for the ride. His birth announcement sponsorship by Dreft for his first girl wasn’t the best look, but more of a minor annoyance than anything.

  11. Mox says:

    I’ve never been into them. I was a little too old when they first got big but I watched their episode of Songland a few weeks ago and walked away with mad respect for Nick Jonas. He knows his stuff and is clearly the mastermind behind the Jonas Brothers. No offense to the other two, but both—especially Joe—seemed really disengaged while Nick was creating beats and melodies. I respect that and hope he continues his solo career after the excitement of the new album, their reunion, their infinitely more famous wives, and many weddings dies down.

    • Boxy Lady says:

      Years ago, the others admitted that Nick, although he was the youngest, was the leader and their nickname for him was “The President.” I think Nick was around 16 at the time.

      It’s weird that I know that but I don’t know any of their music. 🤔

  12. kerwood says:

    I’m much too old to ever be in their demographic but I have to ask; have the Jonas Brothers ever REALLY mattered? What little I’ve heard of their music is forgettable at the very best. I saw Nick (the one with the curly hair?) in the 25th anniversary of Les Miz and was embarrassed for him.

    Other than who two of them are married to (and I can’t believe either woman couldn’t do MUCH better), what is the big deal? Is the music scene that anemic right now?

    • Mox says:

      Nostalgia and anemia. There’s been a little shift in the industry as of late. The big popstars of the 2000s and 2010s are, quite frankly, older. The Britneys, the Christinas, the Gagas, the Brüno Mars, and Katy Perrys have aged into their 30s and their sound and bombast has aged with them. It’s left a hole for the Gen Z trip-hop mumble rappers and jaded baby popstars who are a bit less focused and indifferent to the fame of the previous generation. Then the JoBros pop up and the kids who used to listen to them are like, hey they’re back! And they’re marrying the biggest Bollywood star alive and one of the most beautiful actress from one of the most popular TV shows of all time! They really did fall upward. I think it’s short lived because their music is just ok and they’re kind of boring.

  13. dlc says:

    I find Sucker and Cool to be deeply annoying songs. I like pop music but their sound is still so young, like songs kids hold hands to while they skate.

  14. EMc says:

    I was a little too old for their demographic when they first came out, but I’m liking this resurgence! I enjoy the second coming of the Jonas brothers. I find them all good looking in their own way, and like seeing them all out with their wives and such. Plus I dont hate their music.