One of the most sensational and heartbreaking breakups in Hollywood is undoubtedly that of The Jonas Brothers back in 2013. Breaking up is hard to do… but for the Jonas Brothers, it was a necessity that they break up the band.
When Kevin, Nick, and Joe Jonas announced they were splitting at the time, many wondered why. In an interview, Nick explained the reason behind the split and why it was necessary for the sake of their family.
But to all of our relief, there was a reunion! This reunion was a bit of a miracle when you look at it in depth. Considering it was a group of brothers who had a natural tendency toward sibling rivalry, it’s even more eye-opening.
No doubt it gives hope to other bands who’ve dealt with similar internal problems to find common ground and make music again. More so, the story of the Jonas Brothers shows us a roadmap on how to deal with sibling relationships so things never turn ugly. They even released a documentary called “Chasing Happiness”, where all of these issues are discussed.
Why did The Jonas Brothers break up?
As a band of brothers, fans expected the Jonas Brothers to stick around forever. But then again, forever is a myth. However, they admitted in a new interview with Wonderland magazine that they were “emotionally strained” and that was causing tension as a family.
Nick Jonas explained: “There was definitely a strain emotionally that was being put on all of us. We had such a specific way of doing things for so long and I think as we got older and tried to progress artistically, we got stuck in those old ways so our music suffered and our general vibe with each other and ability to communicate in a healthy way no longer existed.”
Nick further noted why he felt it was important that they split for the sake of their familial relationship, explaining, “I think it was always a priority for us to protect the family first and make sure that nothing ever complicated that relationship too much.”
He continued, “We got to the point to have that conversation, which I initiated, where I said ‘I feel like I’ve got music in my heart and in my head that I want to make and I feel like with all the stress that we’ve been going through together this isn’t the right thing for us to do anymore.’”
Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas, on their musical preferences
If you go by interviews of the Jonas Brothers, you begin to see an interesting view into why all bands ultimately break up! It is time for a revelation. Get ready!
They now cite their lack of creative kinship in why they split, or what could be known as creating music on automatic pilot.
For creatives, there’s nothing worse than creating just because you’re there and because fans expect you to. For a band that wants to keep pushing creative boundaries, creating an assembly line hit machine can start to become rote which then leads to it feeling meaningless.
The Beatles seemed to feel the same way when they broke up almost 50 years ago. Even now, nobody can argue against the idea that what they created in eight years will stand the test of time and might have gone stale had they kept going.
Naturally, Nick Jonas suggesting a breakup wasn’t exactly the easiest conversation to have and Joe Jonas admitted, “It definitely was a really difficult thing to hear.”
Joe and Kevin might not have initially been open to the idea. But they eventually realized it was the best decision. Joe explained: “We were all so invested in doing this for as long as we could see, but there was real benefit in him making that decision. We didn’t see it at that point, but time would tell that it was really important for us to call it quits.”
Kevin further remarked that it was about more than being just a band, noting: “We didn’t have a relationship as brothers. There was so much more riding on us because we were working together and making music as this band.”
He continued: “I think every one of us just really went off on our own journey and it was needed. I think at the time, it was odd for sure, but with that long time we took apart it led us to find ourselves and find what we cared about and get perspective on a lot of things.”
Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas: Impact On Their Relationship
Joe, notably, has had a rather controversial dating history. The post-breakup war of him and Taylor Swift is one to mention. This one too did not go down too well
As shown in their documentary as well, Nick and Joe were the closest of the three brothers. They were of similar age and got along very well as well. Reportedly, when Nick was diagnosed with Diabetes, Joe couldn’t stop crying. He loved his brother immensely.
Therefore, it is no doubt that the break was especially hard on them. Joe also started feeling side-lined due to the excess attention his brother, Nick was receiving.
At this point, the brothers would not meet up as much as earlier and weren’t close for many years after the break up.
Patch up and everything after
Nick further revealed that he got the ball rolling on the breakup and the reunion, sharing, “I hate that I have to take credit for being the one who initiated the conversation about breaking the band up, but the redemption story is that I also got the band back together in a way!”
Getting back together was a conversation that was much more enjoyable than talking about a split. He noted: “Initially I think it was met with a little apprehension, but then over time, once we decided all together to start working on this documentary, I think we were able to get into it and talk through some of the things that we wouldn’t really talk through before.”
How are things now?
It has been more than a year since the band got back together and they seem to be closer than ever. With all 3 brothers having gotten married. And their wives too getting along with each other very well. It seems like everything is perfect in the Jonas world!
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