Nick Jonas Hosts Reddit AMA, Discusses Purity Rings, Miley Cyrus + More
Nick Jonas, arguably the most successful of the Jonas Brothers post-split — though Joe seems to be doing just fine musically — hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything on March 31. Joining the ranks of Amy Poehler and Bill Murray, other celebrities who have participated in the popular Q&A series, the pop artist got real about a number of topics, including his ex-girlfriend and ex-Disney star Miley Cyrus, the infamous South Park purity rings episode, and, most importantly, whether he's a boxers or briefs kinda guy.
Answering a question on how he feels about "Miley's new(ish) persona," the singer sweetly praised his ex for her artistic evolution, saying, "... It’s been a while since I spoke to Miley, but I think that the persona is awesome and I think that she is living proof that you can continue to evolve as an artist and a creator. And I'm a huge Woody Allen fan, so I'm looking forward to seeing the show that she's doing with him."
Nick also opened up about his feelings towards South Park's 2009 episode featuring the Jonas Brothers, the one where Mickey Mouse was portrayed as a corporate tyrant and, according to the user asking the question, "beat the s--- out of one of you guys and made you wear the purity rings."
"When it first came out I didn't think it was funny to be honest," Nick admitted, adding that it was difficult being so young and having that image projected onto him. "I was actually living all of that in real time and so it just made it harder to come and live your life as a young person and have all that going on. But years later and once the purity rings were no longer around, it was very funny to me and I've actually watched the episode a few times."
In addition to discussing the South Park episode, the "Close" singer also talked more specifically about the band's infamous purity rings and chastity promise, revealing how religion and social pressure impacted their initial decision to wear the rings, as well as how falling in love helped him to break those bonds and gain the confidence to make his own choices:
"I came from an incredibly religious home, growing up my dad was a pastor, and much like The First Family or people in front of the public eye, we were highly scrutinized as a family within the church and looked at as, well I guess you would call an example of what that family image should be. So long before our career started in music, that was what we were dealing with.
There was a person in the church who at one point demanded that all the kids in the youth group put these purity rings on and make this commitment, so without a full understanding of what we were stepping into, we all made this commitment.
But as you do, you grow up, you live life, you gain some world perspective and you develop your own views and opinions as it relates to faith, as it relates to sex, and everything that falls under the bounds of what your parents teach you and what comes from religion and you get to make your own choices.
So I started making my own choices, fell in love with somebody, made the choice to have sex with them, and from that point on it was about me being a man and being okay with my choices. And then it related to my art and people's view of me and the public eye.
I think it's always about being comfortable and confident in who you are. I've got a lot of perspective and real care about sex from those days and specifically because people were watching us, because it was such a strange thing to a lot of people to wear these purity rings especially as young men in a pop boy band. But I think when I'm looking back on it, although it was challenging to live with that, to be seen and have that attached to our name was very tough. I think it was a good thing. It gave me a really good perspective to where as now my main thing is about being okay with who I am as a man and the choices I've made, and I think everyone should have a good and solid conversation with either their parents or loved ones about sex and about what they want to do with their life, because it shouldn't be taboo. It's a big part of who we are and what makes us human, and if we can't address these things head on, then I think that it can really be challenging."
However, the Q&A wasn't totally serious business — though it was certainly intimate. When asked if he wears boxers or briefs, Nick's reply was very diplomatic: "Speaking of sexy, I wear boxer briefs. The combo package is the best package to hold the package."
Well, the more you know.
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