New Jonas Brothers Documentary Reveals *Real* Reason For Band Breakup
There’s a new documentary captivating audiences — and it’s not even true crime. Chasing Happiness on Amazon Prime is all about the Jonas Brothers, and boy does it have aaallll the behind-the-scenes tea about the band’s rise to fame and their infamous 2013 split. The doc is shockingly honest for a group that’s got its start on Disney Channel and became widely known for its members sporting purity rings. The brothers aren’t afraid to get real about their breakup, which wasn’t just professional, but as personal as well. That makes sense since it’s pretty hard to break up a band with the word “Brothers” in it without causing some strife between real-life family members.
It’s pretty established fact that Nick Jonas’s solo career is the reason that the band split. Joe Jonas gets raw about the fact that Nick’s decision to go solo after their 2011 and 2012 hiatus hurt. “What hurt the most is that it came from Nick because he is my best friend and I thought that me, Kevin, and Nick were going to do this forever,” Joe says. But some of a the realest drama came after the band decided to call it quits.
Apparently, some radio stations threatened to never again play any Jonas Brothers group or solo music unless the broken-up band showed up for some promised gigs. So, instead of showing up as a group, Nick and Joe played the shows alone, leaving Kevin Jonas to watch as the two played *actual Jonas Brothers songs* without all of the Jonas Brothers! We have to say, that’s pretty cold.
Kevin calls the concerts, “the hardest moment of my entire life,” and Joe confesses that he and Nick made the decision because they thought that their brother, who’d recently gotten married and was starting a family, was holding them back. So, um… wow. After the concerts, the brothers stopped speaking, even for holidays, until the birth of Kevin’s daughter in 2014.
Don’t worry though! It appears as if all is well in Jonas-land now that all three of the brothers are grown and married. And in case you’re wondering, Frankie Jonas — the so-called ‘Bonus Jonas’ is still the band’s biggest fan. Now, if the Jonas Brothers can promise to never break up ever and put us through this emotional roller coaster again, we’d all be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
The Jonas Brothers’ new album, Happiness Begins drops June 7 and we’ll be reading into every lyric, so check back soon.