Demi Lovato revealed to Yahoo! about her reaction to Joe Jonas’ New York Magazine interview: ‘My first reaction was, ‘Well that was stupid,’ But we are always going to be in each other’s lives. I was with Nick [Jonas] today and they are family. I’ve known them since I was 14, 15 and I have a lot of love for them.’
Demi showed her respect for Joe’s honesty: ‘It really did. He never shared his side of the story and what he had to go through when we were friends or whatever. I was like, ‘Choose your words more carefully next time, but whatever, you’re fine!”
Joe: ‘I feel really relieved actually. I was very nervous releasing it. I hit kind of an anxiety wall where I was like, ‘S–t am I about to do this? This is kind of nerve-wracking.’ But then you just look at it on a different scale. You’re like, ‘This is my life and this is my story for myself to tell whoever is interested and let them inside the crazy life I’ve lived!’
I think it’s sensitive for someone so close to you to release. I wanted to make sure I spoke to them ahead of time and give them a heads-up that this is coming out. They had a very cool reaction to it. My brother Nick was like, ‘Hey dude, it’s your interview.’ That kind of speaks for itself. I felt really good about releasing it.’
Is Joe still friends with Demi? ‘Yeah absolutely! I saw her yesterday. Demi and I are good friends and we have been friends for years.’ Demi told Us Weekly: ‘I want to commend him for how brave he was. He never was able to share his side of the story, he kept it really quiet. I was going through my stuff, and he got blamed for a lot of it.
When in reality, I have my stuff and we argue like brother and sister now. It’s like, ‘Dude, what were you thinking?’ But it’s all good. I was like, Don’t be embarrassed or whatever. I still love you. We’re still family. It’s all good.’
You know, it’s been cool. I feel really blessed to have people responding in [a relatable] way. It makes me feel great, it makes me feel comfortable and at the end of the day it’s my story. Take it or leave it, if you don’t like it, it’s fine with me, I don’t really care!
UPDATE: Wilma was there!
Joe, who is a pastor’s son, admitted that he’s ‘not religious in any way’ during the essay, while also discussing issues ranging from purity rings to teenage dalliances. So how did Mom and Dad Jonas react about the article in question?
‘Look, they were a little bit nervous. Some of the things I think were a little bit jarring for them to have their son release. But they are supportive, and my dad says it best. You can’t change life. You have to be able to live your life and I always have respect for people that can talk about their life openly.’
Joe: It was just something that is my story and my life and nothing that I necessarily felt like I could talk about before and it felt like the right timing and I just decided I would tell it all. There’s this perception of a celebrity or if you do music that you have to be this person that’s untouchable and I don’t want to be that person. I’d rather be somebody who can be open and honest and people can get to know me and relate in some way, hopefully.
I had the opportunity to talk with Demi beforehand and a few other people in my family and obviously something like this is going to be jarring but Demi and I have a really strong friendship and I would obviously never want to hurt her.’