Young Disney stars haven’t really received the best press coverage over the last couple of years. Various reports have included drug use, alcoholism and a couple of ladies who like to take their clothes off a little.
However, one band we once thought were on the complete straight and narrow were the Jonas Brothers. The trio always professed that they had no interest in sex before marriage, symbolized by their promise rings, and were the epitome of clean cut living.
Well, all is not what it seemed. Joe Jonas has become the latest Disney star to uncover the truth about past events in his life, and it certainly makes for interesting reading.
The star spoke to New York magazine about his life in the Jonas brothers, his relationship with his brothers and past girlfriends and the revelation that he smoked weed with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.
Jonas went into detail about Disney: “We were just kids. That’s the reality. We were frightened little kids. So you got all this responsibility that’s foisted upon you and you’re expected to be perfect. I went through media training, and I hated it.
They’d teach you how to change the subject, whenever you were asked an uncomfortable question, by saying something like, “Oh, that reminds me of my dog! I have a great story about my dog!” Playing dumb is the best way of getting out of anything.
Joe also spoke about the controversial promise rings: The topic that dominated news coverage of us for a long time was the whole promise-ring thing. “We couldn’t escape it. 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. Kevin and I decided to join—Nick tried it later. Fast-forward a few years, we’ve started playing music and we’re working with Disney and we have these rings.”
“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 was also pretty candid about being sexually active: “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.”
And those clean-cut myths? Yes, they were myths: “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. 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.”
It all makes for very interesting reading! Check out the full piece from Joe here.