Joe Jonas has opened up about the pressures of being in the public spotlight as a teen performer, including a revelation that he smoked pot with two well-known Disney stars.
After touring as a small-time band in the mid-2000s with brothers Nick and Kevin, "Everything completely changed when Disney entered the picture," he writes in the current New York magazine.
The brothers kept up a squeaky-clean image "because we thought Disney was our only real shot, and we were terrified that it could all be taken away from us at any moment. Being a part of a company like that comes with certain expectations. Not overtly, but there was a subtle vibe." After fellow Disney star Vanessa Hudgens was involved in a nude photo scandal, Disney executives "would tell us that they were so proud of us for not making the same mistakes, which made us feel like we couldn't ever mess up."
Eventually, however, "I hit a limit and thought, 'Screw all this, I'm just going to show people who I am.' " He recalls his first time smoking marijuana was with Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus when he was "17 or 18."
Jonas also revealed he lost his virginity at 20. "I'm glad I waited for the right person," he wrote, "because you look back and you go, 'That girl was ---- crazy. I'm glad I didn't go there.' "
Jonas didn't specify to which of his former girlfriends -- including Lovato, Ashley Greene and Taylor Swift -- he was referring. "I genuinely don't have any resentment against any of my exes . . . I might put it in my music a little bit, and hint at it . . . But I'm not going to openly say, 'Yeah, actually, this person is a ---- and she did this to me.' I don't feel the need to do that to sell records."
As for the Jonas Brothers' recent breakup, he elaborated: "We hit a place where we just weren't jelling on the same things . . . The whole situation was breaking us up as a family, and we ultimately felt like we were holding each other back. I wanted to go sexier with a video, for example, and Kevin wasn't comfortable with that . . . I mean, he's married, and I get that. Nick also had a louder voice than me and Kevin when it came to music and major decisions -- he took a leadership role in the band, which got to us after a while."