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.”
FAULT magazine enlisted Sylvester Castellano to groom the Jonas Brothers for its fall cover story. “The shoot entailed changing Joe, Kevin, and Nick’s image; the photographer told me to ‘think London,’ and create a, dark moody look,” remarked Castellano. “On this particular shoot I had to approach the Jonas Brothers in a smooth way, since their mien was going to be drastically changed; they’re young men from New Jersey. I used a bit of psychology, taking into consideration their persona – one they’ve kept for many years.” Because they are of Italian-Irish descent, “their hair is dark, but their skin is light, so by giving each musician a trim, it made a great, natural contrast. I put a bit of gray eyeshadow on each and the look was completed.” Castellano was also on set with Bill Hader for Wired’s spread “The Cheat Code to Life.” He paid close attention to the different characters played by the actor, adding redness around his eyes to give the illusion of distress in a frame where Hader shoplifts from a bodega. For Hader’s portrayal of a businessman carrying a briefcase stuffed with (presumably stolen) money, “I made his face matte with oil-free products that neutralize the skin’s pH, so he would appear normal, even confident,” he explained. The groomer recently tended to Milwaukee Bucks center/power forward Larry Sanders as well. He didn’t do much to the basketballer for Athletes Quarterly – to his surprise. “I Google-Imaged him beforehand and when I met him in person, I realized that the pictures I saw online didn’t do him any justice,” Castellano said. “He has great skin and is very put together, so I powdered his face a bit, but that’s all.” He added that men these days are more accepting when it comes to wearing cosmetics: “These people are being photographed and if they don’t have the proper makeup, they can show up on film looking quite different than they are.”
Yesterday it was announced that The Jonas Brothers may be breaking up. We interviewed the recently ripped Nick Jonas three weeks ago about his workout routines, diet, and—incidentally—life after The Jonas Brothers, and all seemed well. Sort of. Read the interview and you be the judge.
It’s noon on a clear Friday in New York’s West Village, and, as usual, there are people everywhere. This would be fine, were I not traversing the streets with one of the few men capable of inciting a riot of rabid tweens simply by virtue of existing. Having successfully built a juggernaut of a brand (the Jonas Brothers evolved out of his solo career), carved an enviable body despite having Type-1 diabetes, and picked up Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo as his girlfriend—all before his 21st birthday—the original JoBro has certainly earned his fans. Not that you count yourself among them— you’re too old for that, right? Well, here’s the thing. The more you get to know Nick Jonas, the more you’ll realize something: This guy’s pretty damn cool, and he’s just getting warmed up.
What’s it like being in a band with your brothers? Be honest!
The pro is that you have a really good support system. The con is that you’re with the same people every day for a long time, which, if you’re family or not, can be a lot at times. But we all have a good relationship and actually really enjoy our time together.
You guys spend a lot of time together. Do things ever break down after a while?
My brother Joe forgets lyrics a little bit. [Laughs] There have been a lot of times when I’ve had to help him out onstage. The fans know the words to every song, so they can kind of help as well.
Do the younger fans ever freak you out?
We have been given some pretty bizarre things. We were given a shark.
You were given a shark?
[Laughs] Like, in a tube. A mini shark—but a real, live shark.
You’re 21 now—do you feel like it’s time to target an older crowd?
It definitely comes with challenges. There are a lot of different ways you can approach coming to maturity, but the one we took is to continue to grow with the fans and take our time with it because it’ll last longer.
Speaking of growing, you’ve packed on some serious muscle. What’s your workout like?
I worked with a trainer who showed me some things that I can take with me on the road. Basically, it’s circuit training, so about six exercises, all targeting different parts of the body and then following it up with a two-minute cardio burnout. It’s been a really effective workout routine for me, and it keeps it interesting.
What do you eat to stay in shape?
A lot of lean protein, and I’ve cut out most carbs.
Diabetes makes it really hard to get results like yours. How did you do it?
It’s really about just staying on top of it and managing every detail. I had to work with my doctor, making sure all my numbers were good and that I wasn’t putting too much stress on my body working out as much as I was. When I work out, my blood sugar goes up. But then about an hour and a half later it drops down low. So, post-workout I would have to not only have protein to rebuild muscle but also carbs to sustain my blood sugar. So when I cut a lot of carbs out of my diet, I had to be conscious of that.
What’s been your key to success overall?
It’s about having a good team and just making sure they’ve got your back when you have a project that you’re passionate about.
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.
Kevin and Dani Jonas have gotten cooking advice from Rachael in the past, but this time they’re in need of some canine-related tips. Watch their two adorable pups get a little training session.
The Jonas Brother tells Men’s Fitness editor Dean Stattmann about staying fit with diabetes and becoming an Uncle.
Dean Stattmann of Men’s Fitness goes one on one with the Jonas Brother
It was a star-studded early morning party today for birthday boy Nick Jonas as he celebrated his 21st birthday with a kiss from girlfriend Olivia Culpo, the Rhode Island beauty who won the 2012 Miss USA and Miss Universe titles here at Planet Hollywood.
Brothers Kevin and Joe and their significant others, wife Danielle Jonas and girlfriend Blanda Eggenschwiler, respectively, made the celebrations a family affair. But also on hand in separate groups: Enrique Iglesias, in town for two concerts at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan; newly single actor Liam Hemsworth, whose longtime engagement to Miley Cyrus ended over the weekend; and “Celebrity Apprentice” star, rapper and DJ Lil Jon.
Here’s the official rundown of how Nick counted down the minutes Sunday night before he turned 21 and was allowed entry early this morning to XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore for his first glass of Champagne.
Our spywitness reported that the family group checked into Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday for the weekend, which began at Wynn Theater to meet the cast of “Le Reve — The Dream.” The performers showered Nick with early birthday wishes before Kevin and Joe joined him to pose for shots with the cast.
The brothers, who performed at the Mandalay Bay Events Center last month, were joined by their significant others for dinner at Andrea’s. Nick and Olivia were very playful and cuddly during dinner, while Kevin was doting on his expectant wife. The group, presented with signature chopsticks with their names engraved on them, enjoyed chef Joseph Elevado’s crispy tuna and special cucumber rolls, spicy tuna shrimp tempura, lettuce cups, New York Strip steak, black cod, Jidori chicken and smoked salmon.
On Sunday, the Jo Bros played golf and watched football before the big night.
A group of 25 of Nick’s friends and family gathered at Botero at Encore at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday for dinner on the patio and enjoyed steaks, truffle macaroni and cheese, ricotta gnocchi, wild mushrooms and more.
At the stroke of midnight, Nick was watching his iPhone’s date change over to this morning to officially ring in his birthday. The group erupted in applause while Botero staff presented Nick with a four-tier cake. The brothers sang “Happy Birthday” while Olivia snapped pictures on her phone. The couple cozied up, toasting with Champagne, followed by a kiss.
A family tradition followed as Nick made the first cut of the cake and then handed the knife over to Danielle, who has the next upcoming birthday, to make the final cut before it was served to the group. Kevin explained the family tradition to their friends at the table.
Fifteen minutes after turning 21, Nick led the group to the red carpet at XS. Nick revealed that he is looking forward to music and acting projects in the year ahead and that Olivia gave him a necklace for his birthday. Joe gave him a pair of Frank Sinatra’s tap shoes. Kevin went big, getting a few chips from Wynn to test his luck on the table games after the party.
A group of 20 was escorted down the nightclub’s golden staircase just after 1 a.m,. with 30 waitresses flanking them and waving light wands to direct them through the crowd. Headlining DJ Avicii even grabbed a photograph with the group before starting his set.
A second birthday cake was brought out by XS model waitresses. It was themed in true Las Vegas style with seven tiers of poker chips, card suits and black and red colors. The group partied into the early hours of the morning. Our thanks to David Becker and Gabe Ginsberg of WireImage for their photo gallery.