When the moment came to break up the Jonas Brothers on Oct. 3, Nick Jonas tells PEOPLE that he went “into a bit of trance.”
“You prep a million ways,” says Nick, 21. But once he admitted to his brothers how he felt, that he wasn’t sure the band could continue as it was, “there was sort of a shut-off that happened. It took some time, about 24 hours or so, before we could really talk about it.”
On Tuesday came the exclusive announcement to PEOPLE that, as a professional music team, the sibling trio are “over for now.”
At first, Joe, 24, and Kevin, 25, said they were shocked by what went down.
“Kevin and I thought we were going into a meeting about releasing some of the music we’d been working on,” says Joe. Instead, Nick told them he was considering calling it quits.
Joe says he didn’t say much at first, but Kevin and Nick talked late into the night. By the next morning, the brothers began to speak openly, in a way they never had before.
“There were tears and yelling from everybody,” admits Nick.
But, adds Kevin, “It was the most real, the most intense conversation that we’ve had in our lives together.”
Ultimately, the brothers decided, the best way to save their personal relationship was to break up the band. “Prioritizing our family is really important to us,” says Nick.
“We’re choosing our family because it was becoming toxic,” says Kevin, who admits his relationship with his brothers was suffering, in part, because his focus was elsewhere.
“I wasn’t contributing to the music the way I should have,” says Kevin, who, admittedly, is more interested in the business side of things.
For more on the Jonas Brothers’ decision to call it quits, including Joe’s reaction to false reports he had drug problem, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
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Nearly three weeks after the Jonas Brothers announced they were canceling their tour due to a “deep rift within the band,” the brothers tell PEOPLE that they’ve decided to call it quits.
“It’s over for now,” Kevin Jonas says.
“It’s really hard to say ‘forever,’ ” says Nick. “We’re closing a chapter, for sure.”
“It was a unanimous decision,” says Joe.
It came after a meeting on Oct. 3, where Nick Jonas confessed to his brothers that he had serious concerns about the future of the band.
“I was feeling kind of trapped,” he said. “I needed to share my heart with my brothers.”
For more on the Jonas Brothers’ decision to call it quits, including Joe’s reaction to false reports he had drug problem, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
Nick Jonas Opens Up About The Jonas Brothers Break Up, Promises To Be At Chicago’s B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash In December
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Fresh off their appearance on Good Morning America where they announced the big break up, Nick Jonas joined The J Show to let listeners know that there will be a Jonas presence at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash. Hear him explain why they broke up and what’s next for the Jonas Brothers. He also answers fan questions live.
Nick opened up about the whole break-up. “We can say at this moment that the Jonas Brothers; that chapter has closed, and that is done. We are all looking forward to continuing on in our own way in our own career paths, but as far as the show (B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash) goes coming up here in December, we’re going to find a way to have a Jonas there in some way, and hopefully two,” Nick said. We are going to see you guys, and we wanted to make sure we told you that and the fans in Chicago, and thanks for the support through all this.
Many fans want to know what really happened, so Nick explained the process that led up to this decision. “It was a long process, and to sum it up in this last month when we did all this wouldn’t do it justice because I think it’s a lot bigger timeline. Basically I just came to my brothers and said, ‘Look, I’d love to have a conversation we need to have with you guys where we just talk about where things are at and get really honest and real with each other. I laid out some of the concerns I had about the group, you know, and said ‘I feel like if we continue on this path with these issues, it’s going to be very difficult to continue for all of us.’”
Nick continued, “It was tough to swallow at first for everybody. I think it was a very heavy conversation. Then after a few days of working through some stuff and talking more about it, we all did see that there were a lot of issues in the group and things that need to be addressed and came to a decision that we had been functioning as individuals within this group for a long time, and that it was time to close that chapter.”
When it comes to the fans all over the world, Nick knows that this news is tough. “We know that this is a real tough thing, and how disappointing it is for a lot of people. We are very aware of that,” he explained.
Some Chicago fans called in to ask Nick questions:
Q: What are you guys going to miss most about touring together?
A: “The thing we will miss most about touring together is probably playing the songs we wrote together. That’s one thing we always loved. The fact that we created our own music and were able to get on the stage and play those songs we wrote probably in a bedroom somewhere, or a studio, wherever it was, for people who sang along with us. That feeling is unlike any other in the world.”
Q: What’s going to happen to the album V?
A: “We’ve decided that we want to do something special for our fans because they’ve been so supportive of us for so many years. What we’ve decided to do is package an album with 10 live tracks from the summer tour and four of the songs that would have been on V, and if you count ‘Pom Poms’ and ‘First Time,’ it’s actually 6 songs that would have been on V. We’ll be sending that out soon for the fans.”
Jonas fans, we’ll see you at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash on December 14th!
Published on Oct 30, 2013
Spotting brothers from Wyckoff, New Jersey; Paul Kevin Jonas II @kevinjonas, Joseph Adam Jonas @joejonas and Nicholas Jerry Jonas @nickjonas from the American boy pop rock band The Jonas Brothers leaving GMA studios in New York and greeting fans after interview at Good Morning America @gma about the recent break up announcement due to a big a disagreement over the music direction that created a deep rift within the band. The band was formed in 2005, and had gained popularity at the Disney Channel children’s television network and starred in the summer of 2008 the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam and in the Disney Channel series JONAS and Jonas L.A. The band has released four albums: It’s About Time, Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit Longer, and Lines, Vines and Trying Times, with their album V due for release in 2013.
One day after confirming their brotherly band of eight years was no more, the Jonas brothers said a “few days” of heavy conversations led them to decide to “be brothers first.”
“We’re family first and that’s always been our main priority and so honesty within what we do as a group was really important,” Nick Jonas, 21, said today on ” Good Morning America,” confirming he was the brother who initiated the split talks. “I came to the table with the guys…and shared my heart with them and my feelings.”
The three brothers, Nick along with Kevin Jonas, 25 and Joe Jonas, 24, announced through a spokesperson Oct. 9 that they had cancelled their 19-day tour. The band had been set to start the tour two days later in Pennsylvania.
“I said, ‘Look, I feel like we’ve had some complications within the group for a long time [and] without addressing them I think this train will fall off the tracks,” Nick said. “It was a tough conversation. It was the first time we really had that real conversation.”
At the time, the rep described the problem as a “creative rift” among the brothers, a description confirmed by Joe.
“It was just individual things that we were just butting heads about, whether it was the way to set up the music video or even just personal opportunities,” Joe said on “GMA.” “At some point we decided it was best to finish this and support each other on our own ventures along the way.”
The New Jersey-born brothers, who starred in 2010′s “Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream” and have sold more than 20 million albums, worked together on new music earlier this year, releasing the singles “Pom Poms” and “First Time.”
Fans will never hear their final album together as a band as a whole, the brothers said, but will get a special gift as a thank you for their years of dedication to the band.
“We’re going to release four of the unreleased songs from the album,” Kevin said. “And we put together the live tracks from the last summer tour – about 10 songs as well – so we’ll be giving that to our fans club members, as a gift from us.”
“I think that we have the best fans in the world and have for our entire career so we thank them for that and thank them for really understanding,” added Nick. “I think we’re really in a season right now of being excited about the future but also there’s a certain heaviness that comes with closing a chapter.”
Kevin, who announced at the end of August that he and wife Danielle, stars of their own reality show, “Married With Jonas,” on E!, are expecting a baby girl, said he plans to transition to a more behind the scenes role in the entertainment business.
“I’m going to be going into my first passion which is the business side of things,” Kevin said. “I’m in the first round of funding for an entertainment fund that will position brands to target millennials so I’m kind of pouring my passion into that.”
Both Nick and Joe said the future for them includes writing music for themselves and others, recording their own music, and exploring acting opportunities.
“This is the first time in a long time we have time to focus on ourselves and support each other through that,” Joe said. “We know it’s going to be sad for a lot of people but for us we are looking forward to the future.”
As for the biggest question circling the brothers’ split – whether they will they ever get back together as a band – the brothers themselves say even they don’t know for sure.
“I think it’s impossible to say forever with anything,” said Nick. “I feel like we’re playing it one step at a time right now and, like we said, rebuilding as brothers first and starting there.”
Published on Oct 30, 2013
Jonas Brothers Announce Break up. GMA. Jonas Brothers Break up Good Morning America. The Jonas Brothers pop-rock band, which formed in 2005 and soared to fame as members of Disney’s stable of teenage stars, has decided to call it quits for now, a band representative said on Tuesday.
The decision by the New Jersey-raised brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick came less than three weeks after they canceled their concert tour citing a rift in the band. The trio told People magazine it was a unanimous decision.
“We can confirm the news,” a representative for the band said in an email.
Kevin, 25, the oldest member of the group who is expecting his first child with his wife, said it was over for now.
“It’s really hard to say ‘forever,’” Nick, 21, told People. “We’re closing a chapter, for sure.”
The announcement followed a meeting on Oct. 3 when Nick told his brothers about his concerns about the group’s future.
The Jonas Brothers band released its debut album, “It’s About Time,” in 2006, and their brand of upbeat pop rock made them a teen phenomenon.
They have released four studio albums, the latest, “Lines, Vines and Trying Times,” was released in 2009. — Reuters
Published on Oct 29, 2013
From their first interview at E! to jet-setting teen idols, check out our interview footage of the Jonas Brothers throughout their career.
Oct 23 2013 3:46 PM EDT
By Jocelyn Vena
When the Jonas Brothers canceled their fall tour, it wasn’t just fans who were surprised by the trio’s last-minute decision. “American Girl” singer Bonnie McKee was slated to tour with them. Her bags were packed when she got word that the show was definitely not going to hit the road.
“I was completely surprised; it was literally the day before. All of our stuff had been shipped to the East Coast [for the first show in Pennsylvania]; all of our tickets were booked. We had a bus. We had been rehearsing 10 hours a day, every day, for two weeks. It was a huge shock,” she told MTV News, adding, “They had been in rehearsals literally days before. Everything was on course and fine, so I don’t know. I really don’t know what happened.”
The guys had cited “a deep rift within the band” as a reason for the canceled gigs. But if you’re looking for more information than that, McKee doesn’t know what exactly the internal strife is.
“Not all is lost and I hope that the Jonas Brothers work it out,” she said. “I don’t really know exactly what went down, but I know that everyone’s kind of at odds. So I hope that they work it out because I think they’re very talented.”
Regardless of the hiccup, McKee sees the cancellation on the bright side. So as the JoBros are asking their fans to “please hold while we get our sh– together,” McKee is already looking forward to her next gig.
“Everyone was really disappointed, and it happens, but I have a great show now. So I’m really excited I got something ready,” she said. Bonnie will open for Katy Perry at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl for a breast cancer benefit on Wednesday (October 23) and go on tour for Jingle Ball throughout December.
“You know, I’m gonna still get some great shows out of all these rehearsals that I did,” she said. “I’m really excited to get back on stage and play it live for people.”
McKee is also prepping her debut album. She recently dropped her video for the darker, glitchier “Sleepwalker.” The track, on which she gets some help from her producer/musician boyfriend Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein and Boyz Noise, shows off another side of her pop persona. However, she thinks her album will fall more on the side of her peppy anthem, “American Girl.”
“I think that more of the album is brighter and summery and big splashy pop, so I’d say more on the brighter end of the spectrum right now, but a lot of them have a dark undertone,” she said. “Nothing is purely sugar-coated and saturated. It’s all got a little hint of darkness underneath it.”
The Jonas Brothers did a photoshoot with Fault Magazine on July 26, 2013. The back cover has just been revealed along with a few photos from the shoot. The magazine is available for pre-order here. It is officially released on October 15th!
NOTE: The magazine is a UK magazine so shipping will cost more for those not from the the UK, etc.
If we’ve seemed at all out of sorts lately, it’s because we’ve really been struggling to fill a huge void in our lives — but fear not! Because that void is about to be refilled. Collectively, the Jonas Brothers have been AWOL for the past few months — and while we understand that they can’t do everything together all the time, it’d be a lot easier for us to keep track of their handsome mugs (and avoid future life-voids) if they just stayed in the same place. Forever. We’ve got a whole lot of love for plenty of other boy bands out there, but the JoBros are special. The JoBros are, well, BROS. And there’s something pretty presh about keeping harmonies in the family. (Also because, eyebrows.)
So, when we got word that Joe, Kevin and Nick would all be appearing on the cover of FAULT Magazine’s Fall 2013 issue at the same time AND talking about their new album, V, we swooned SO hard – like, right here at our desks. It was basically like watching a bunch of really stylish dominoes topple over in graceful succession. Basically. (FYI: No one was injured in said swooning.) Once we recovered, we peeped some shots from their “illumination”-themed shoot, and then we swooned again. JK we just squealed really loud instead because HI, they’re hot.
For the cover, Joe rocked a few decadent bracelets by David Yurman and head-to-toe John Varvatos. Kevin (P.S. CONGRATS ON THE BB GIRL NEWS!) wore a sharp black tie and crisp white shirt from Dolce & Gabbana and a good-lookin’ Oumlil suit. Not-so-little little Bro, Nick, donned a charcoal tie by Title of Work, a black shirt by John Lawrence Sullivan, an Oumlil suit and Varvatos shoes. They clean up RULL good, amirite?
Inside the mag, the JoBros gave a little insight into V, which is set to be released later this fall. “It’s definitely different than our previous releases,” Nick says. “There’s a lot of growth in the music. I had the pleasure of producing as well, which was fun for me.” You know what’s fun for US? All the Bros being back on tour. “It’s incredible,” Nick says. “I think each one of us, though-with the break and the time-off-have a newfound appreciation for our own beds and home, but it’s been incredible to be on the road again and playing music.”
The full interview with the band hits newsstands on October 15th (pre-order here), but for now, we’ll leave you with this parting though, courtesy of big Bro, Joe. When asked how the Jonai work best, Joe told FAULT, “We always have passion projects that might be individual, but at the end of the day, working together is something we really love.” AWW. YOU GUYS. PLZ WORK TOGETHER 4EVER LUVU KTHXBAI. (Long live the JoBros!)
The Brothers Jonas on their first new album in four years, those pesky gay rumors, and (what else?) twerking
What does a boy band do when it grows up? When I met the Jonas Brothers in early September at the Dream Downtown in New York, the question seemed to weigh heavily on their minds. Busy prepping the release of their fifth studio album, V, they were eager to discuss their artistic intent in shaping the sound on their first album as a band in four years — their first since departing from Disney-backed label Hollywood Records — as well as their transition to adulthood, which has seen them pursuing solo careers with varying degrees of success.
On the release of “First Time,” the band’s first single and video since 2009
Joe Jonas: We had planned a big, elaborate video, but the song leaked, so we had to think of a way to make a video in a short span of time. Nick was on his way to host the Miss USA pageant in Vegas, so we figured, let’s shoot a video in Vegas and fly in all of our friends. We spent the money we had for the video to throw a party and film it. People assume that we’re still these young kids. It shows us all as adults having a good time and enjoying ourselves.
On taking time off to focus on solo projects
Kevin Jonas: For seven years, it was nonstop. We had moments where we got frustrated with one another and we really just needed time alone. You can imagine what it’s like for a band to be together all the time, but imagine if they’re family, too. Taking that break was so nice because we worked our asses off, but we did things for ourselves. Then, we came back at the right time to do this all over again.
On Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance
Joe: [Hesitates] It wasn’t my favorite performance of hers. I think that there’s one way of saying you’ve grown up, and there’s another way — I think that’s her way. Look, people are talking about it, so I think it’s working for what she wants.
Nick Jonas: She’s smart. She’s very smart. We’ve always known that about her. She’ll always be successful. [The performance] was funny — I was laughing.
Nick: Something we’ve been more comfortable with this go-round, rather than three or four years ago, is being more opinionated.
Joe: You get to this point where you can’t live your life trying to satisfy everybody, personally or as a musician. Somebody’s going to find something negative. So we were like, Let’s just be who we are and have opinions — whether it’s on politics or music — and really show who we are as people.
Kevin: With being able to take back masters of our songs and become our own bosses in a way, we have a lot of people hearing new stuff, and maybe they have had misconceptions in the past of who we are as a band. At the end of the day, I think people are surprised to know that we’re a rock band at our core. Things have started to shift where people are starting to feel the passion behind the art that we’re doing.
On those gay rumors
Joe: We have a lot of gay friends and gay fans. It’s a boy band stereotype; people assume, but we don’t take offense.
Nick: Prior to us being a band, I was a super theater geek. I loved theater and I still do, and I care about fashion, and I care about a lot of things that I feel like stereotypes are attached to.
Joe: [Being in Out] is a moment for us for sure. We keep saying, “Well, it’s about time.”
On leaving their label, Hollywood Records
Nick: I think we realized that, creatively, we were in very different places.
Joe: We were in that place where we were starting to think about being able to make our grown-up record. We didn’t want to talk about if they would put a parental advisory label on it.
On heeding Demi Lovato’s [who dated Joe Jonas] call for a moratorium on twerking
Joe: I’m great [with twerking]. I’m with it.
Nick: I’m against it. I’ve just reached my limit. It’s just done. It’s too much.
Joe: Bring it on. I’m a fan. I just think it’s appropriate for the right people. Not everyone can twerk.
Nick: Anybody that’s on Diplo’s page — have you seen his Instagram? It’s impressive.
Kevin: I’m straight down the middle. The right amount at the right time.