ABC/Kelsey McNealNow that Nick Jonas has ditched his squeaky-clean, purity-ring-wearing, tween idol identity, he’s free to speak candidly about everything from his gay fanbase to smoking weed, which he does in the new issue of Rolling Stone. As he puts it, "My Disney years feel like a long, long time ago."
The Jonas Brother-turned-solo star spoke to Rolling Stone about re-launching his career and becoming a bonafide sex symbol. Thanks to his hit song "Jealous" and his racy, ab-baring photos, Nick's sparked a successful second act for himself, and gained a lot of new fans in the process. Gay fans in particular have responded to his new image, as well as his role as a closeted mixed martial arts fighter on DirecTV’s Kingdom.
“I don't know if I'd necessarily call myself a gay icon,” Nick said. “But my goal in the last year was to expand and grow as a person and an artist, and embracing my gay fans was a priority. Some of my gay friends have thanked me for that, and that's a really good feeling.”
Looking back on his Jonas Brothers success, he said he has a mix of good and bad memories. “It's a good balance of both,” he said. “It was a lot of fun -- I got to perform at the White House five or six times, and I went to spring training with the Dodgers, which was a highlight of my entire life.”
But, he added, there were downsides to being in a boy band. “Especially the emphasis on our relationships,” he said. “That can mess with your head. We had a pretty huge female fan base, so we had to make a concerted effort to keep things private and say we didn't have girlfriends. I feel bad about it now. I probably hurt some people.”
His brother, Joe, revealed last year that he'd smoked weed for the first time with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato when they were teenagers, but Nick says he had a slightly different experience.
“Uh, I never smoked weed with any of my fellow Disney stars,” he laughs. “I smoked weed elsewhere. But I was actually way more guarded back then. I wasn't partying too hard at 15, which is probably for the best. I've loosened up quite a bit since then. My Disney years feel like a long, long time ago.”
Now, he parties with the likes of Taylor Swift -- he recently Instagrammed a photo of himself wearing a zebra mask at Taylor's 25th birthday party in December. "Oh, I think that was just the tequila talking," he said. "That was a fun night. Taylor threw a really good party. And I was pretty pumped about hanging out with Jay Z and Beyoncé. Talk about relationship goals!"
In other Nick news, he's just joined the cast of Scream Queens, the new horror comedy anthology series from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy. Nick will have a recurring role in the 15-episode series, which premieres this fall. Ariana Grande also has a recurring role, while the regular cast includes Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin and Joe Manganiello.
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