Joe Jonas is dishing on what really went on behind the scenes during his Disney days, and it’s not exactly squeaky clean. On December 1, New York magazine posted an essay from the former Disney star in which he talked about the immense pressure of being an alum of the House of Mouse.
Describing the scripts from “Jonas” (his first Disney sitcom) as “terrible” and “weird slapstick humor that only a 10-year-old would laugh at,” the middle Jonas brother said he went along with it because he thought Disney was his only “real shot” at fame.
The singer also talked about the expectations that came with being a Disney star, especially after “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens’ nude photo scandal in 2007.
“We heard that she had to be in the Disney offices for a whole day because they were trying to figure out how to keep her on lockdown,” Jonas said. “We'd hear execs talking about it, and they 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. We didn't want to disappoint anyone … so we put incredible pressure on ourselves, the kind of pressure that no teenager should be under.”
Jonas said that while reporters focused on his promise ring, which he got at a young age, he never intended to be the poster boy for abstinence. "I lost my virginity when I was 20,” he revealed.
The singer touched on his short-lived romance with fellow Disney star Demi Lovato, a relationship he stayed in despite being unhappy, because fans liked seeing the two Disney stars together and he “had a brand to protect.”
Jonas also revealed that he smoked marijuana for the "first time" with Lovato and former “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus after they pressured him into getting high.
"I must have been 17 or 18,” he said. “They kept saying, ‘Try it! Try it!' so I gave it a shot, and it was all right. I don’t even smoke weed that often anymore.”
Earlier this year, Jonas denied that he’d ever tried drugs. In October he told Good Morning America that rumors of any drug use were untrue.
"It's all false, every piece of it,” he said at the time. “Never had a problem with drugs and never done drugs. I'm good. Happy and healthy."