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Nick Jonas: The OUT Interview

Nick Jonas isn’t gay, just very gay friendly with lots of gay fans. That’s why he’s on the cover of the new issue of Out magazine. Here are some excerpts:

On the accusations of courting the LGBT community and working both the LGBT press and New York City’s gay club circuit:

The accusations of gay baiting and opportunism have left Jonas a bit wounded. “It’s not the majority, but a large handful have a negative opinion for whatever reason,” he says, “and I think it’s really quite sad.”

On Nate, his queer character on television series Kingdom, who is grappling with masculinity and a conservative family:

“It’s been a great character to play,” says Jonas, “One that I try to be respectful of and take myself out of. He’s on his own path.” To prepare for the part, he spoke to some of his closest friends, some of whom were raised in conservative families about their coming-out experiences. “It was a good way to research,” says Jonas, “to kind of build the character with some elements of real life.”

On beginning his entertainment career at an early age:

“I loved music at an early age,” Jonas says. “[My parents] had no intention of pushing us to do it.” Still, he adds, “They were really open-minded and supportive.” Jonas was pulled out of school in the third grade to focus on his career in entertainment and, while touring with the Jonas Brothers, had a teacher accompany him on the road. “It was a weird way to grow up, but I think I maintained some sense of normalcy,” he says.

On the title of his upcoming solo album:

“When I was working on this album, Jay Z asked me what it was about,” he announces. “I said it was about the past year of my life, and that year was complicated. Jay Z said, ‘That’s the name of your album: Complicated.’”

On Last Year Was Complicated and his breakup with Miss USA Olivia Culp that inspired the upcoming album:

“With this one I made a real point to tell stories as honestly as I could,” Jonas tells me. “It became very clear what it was going to be about, after the breakup. I just dove in headfirst and wrote about all of it. I think it was the most meaningful relationship I’ve ever been in, and it was the longest.”

On having his romantic life in the public eye and being dissected by the media:

“It definitely sucks. It sort of feels like, on top of dealing with the situation with the person, you have to be thinking about other people’s opinion about it, and without all the information.”  When he was younger (and still a Jonas Brother), he found this attention rather creepy. “The fact that people were intrigued by a 14 – or 15-year-old’s relationships was strange to me,” he says. “Now I think it makes a bit more sense. I think it’s kind of amusing, people’s interests. But it’s funny, because I think I live a pretty low-key life.”

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  1. May 11th, 2016 at 1:44 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    Fuck the people who can’t deal with Nick Jonas. They are sad. Some people just seem to get their panties in a wad over just about anything.

  2. Who cares about nick jonass

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