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Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Jonas Brothers

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
The Jonas Brothers are reuniting and we couldn’t be happier. For this list, we’re looking at lesser known facts about this famous trio. Our list includes their breakup was BAD, Kevin testified in a FIFA trial, Joe broke his purity vow, Nick needed therapy, Joe fated fans, and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Jonas Brothers.

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Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers are reuniting and we couldn’t be happier. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Jonas Brothers.

For this list, we’re looking at lesser known facts about this famous trio.

#10: Their Breakup Was BAD

Anyone who’s gone through a breakup knows how hard they can be, but have you ever gone through a breakup with your family members? As you can imagine, the decision the Jonas brothers made to go their separate ways had to be a hard one, and in a 2013 interview with Vulture, Joe Jonas went into detail about just how difficult a time it was. He said that when they started talking about ending things, “[he] didn’t know whether to pick up and leave or just punch something because [he] was furious”. At the same time, he admitted, “There were a lot of dysfunctional things going on."

#9: Joe Wanted to be a Punk Singer

Joe Jonas also spoke to Vulture about his early music experiences watching punk shows in small venues. He said he had the jean jacket and band pins and everything. “I’d stand there, watching the singer running around the stage, owning the crowd,” he said, “I didn’t even notice whatever else was happening onstage. All I could see was the singer.” He tried his hand at a solo album with some rock influences, but it wasn’t picked up by the label. There are definitely a couple of songs in the Jonas Brothers repertoire that show off this pop punk sensibility like “Hold On” and “S.O.S.”

#8: Kevin Testified in a FIFA Trial

Kevin Jonas may be the least talked about in the news, but he’s not without his share of drama. In fact, in 2017 he was called to trial as a witness in a trial that rocked the sports industry. The FIFA corruption/bribery scandal was major news at the time, and Jonas took the stand to assert that he’d attended a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires all the way back in 2010, in order to prove that itactually took place. While the lawyers certainly could have found other ways to prove that this massive concert took place, they knew that they’d have some great name recognition if they brought in this well-known boy band member.

#7: Joe Auditioned for Wizards of Waverly Place

While the Jonas Brothers have plenty of connections to the House of Mouse, it turns out that it still wasn’t enough to get Joe a starring role on the Disney Channel show “Wizards of Waverly Place”. Before it began airing in 2007, Jonas reportedly auditioned for the part of Justin Russo, which would have seen him play Selena Gomez’s brother. Of course, any fans of the show know that the role ultimately went to David Henrie, and to be honest we can’t really imagine it any other way.

#6: Joe Broke His Purity Vow

Even if you weren’t the biggest fan of the Jonas Brothers, you undoubtedly knew about the famous purity vow that they made when they first became famous, promising to save their virginities until marriage. And they had the rings to prove it. It seemed like a strange thing to promise in this modern age, but they had a religious background and were representing Disney. It didn’t come as a huge surprise though that not everyone stuck to that promise, with Joe revealing in in a 2016 Reddit AMA that he lost his virginity in 2010 to actress Ashley Greene.

#5: They Didn't Like Their Original Name

It’s hard to imagine this musical trio performing as anything other than The Jonas Brothers, but it turns out there were a few potential names bandied about before they settled on this one. They included “Sons of Jonas” and “J3”- neither of which they were fond of. Joe said in his Vulture interview, “We hated the name... I remember turning to my brothers before that show and saying, 'Do you want our name to be J3 for the rest of our lives?”. So he took matters into his own hands and introduced them as The Jonas Brothers, and the rest is history.

#4: Joe Didn't Really Want to Be with Demi

A lot of Disney fans shipped Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato for years because they played romantic partners in the movie “Camp Rock”. According to Joe, it was for that reason that they eventually dated. But Joe realized early on that they weren’t a good match. He stayed with her because he “felt like [he] needed to take care of her” as she struggled with drug abuse. He says that in reality they only ended up dating for a month. Lucky, even years later, they remain good friends.

#3: Nick Needed Therapy

We already talked about how rough the breakup of the Jonas Brothers was on all of them, and Nick even admitted that it caused him to seek out therapy to deal with the issues he was facing. He revealed in his documentary “Last Year Was Complicated” that he has regrets about his time in the band with his siblings, saying that it may not have been a good idea for them to be in business together at such a young age. He said, “There were probably some family issues that needed to be sorted out”. Seeking therapy and being open about it is a brave act, so kudos to you Nick!

#2: Joe Dated Fans

You probably know that since they entered the scene, the Jonas Brothers have amassed a veritable legion of fans. And while all three brothers have had their dating history put into the spotlight at various points in their lives, it may still come as a surprise to hear that they’ve actually dated fans at times as well as fellow famous faces. Joe revealed to Vulture that he’s gone out with several fans over the years, adding, “there were times when I definitely took advantage of the opportunities I had”.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Kevin Wanted to Be a Barista

Kevin's Real Name Is Paul

Joe Admitted to Illegal Substances

They Left Their Church

Their Dad Fought Cancer

#1: Disney Influenced Their Creative Direction

One of the major factors that influenced the direction of the Jonas Brothers’ career was their partnership with Disney, which helped skyrocket them to near-instant fame. Along with the success though came expectations to follow a certain protocol, and Joe revealed that often the higher ups would have them change lyrics if they found them to be too provocative. He said it often went too far: “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”. Now that they’re all grown up, we have a feeling they’ll write about whatever they damn well please!

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