- Nick Jonas said that the public’s fascination with his purity ring when he was still a teenager was “strange.”
- He said that having a purity ring actually positively shaped his view of sex.
- His brother Joe also said that the public scrutiny over their rings was a weird experience and it made them stop wearing them.
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Back when the Jonas Brothers first hit the music scene, they were well-known for two things. The first was that they were a sibling trio band with a rabid fan following and Disney Channel cred. The second: They had purity rings.
The fact that Kevin, Joe, and Nick wore purity rings – also called promise rings or abstinence rings, and worn usually as symbols of chastity – seemed to always be a topic of conversation, something that both fans and the media fixated on. The rings quickly became part of their identity.
In an interview with
, Nick revealed that the purity rings ended up shaping his view of sex for better
The brothers had previously explained that getting purity rings was a part of their life growing up. Their father was a pastor and, according to a group interview withJames Corden in “Carpool Karaoke,” it was something everyone they knew growing up was doing.
In the recent interview with The Guardian, Nick Jonas, now 26, said that the purity rings made it clear that sex is important and helped him understand it better.
“The values behind the idea of understanding what sex is, and what it means, are incredibly important,” he said. “When I have children, I’ll make sure they understand the importance of sex, and consent, and all the things that are important.”
Nick also said that he now feels weird about the fact that his sex life was being discussed in so much public detail back when he was an underage teen
“What’s discouraging about that chapter of our life is that at 13 or 14 my sex life was being discussed,” Nick said in the same interview.
He went on to explain that, when wearing the purity ring, he had been in a time of personal transition, and the public scrutiny didn’t help.
“It was very tough to digest it in real time, trying to understand what it was going to mean to me, and what I wanted my choices to be, while having the media speaking about a 13-year-old’s sex life. I don’t know if it would fly in this day and age. Very strange,” he told The Guardian.
It’s not the first time Nick or his brothers have said that the attention to his sex life makes him uncomfortable
In a 2015 interview with Elle, Nick talked about the time in his life when he wore the purity ring, calling it “uncomfortable.”
“There was so much attention on my sex life at 15. It was uncomfortable,” he said. “If you were talking about a 15-year-old’s sex life or a 17-year-old’s in any other context it would be totally obscene.”
In their new documentary “Chasing Happiness,” Joe, now 29, also brought up the purity rings, saying, “That was not who we were. It was just something that we did when we were young kids, but we wore the rings through the first bit of the band starting to explode, at that point, it was already too late because it was in the media.”
In fact, the media attention may have been part of the reason the brothers stopped wearing their purity rings.
Joe went on to say that critics “were saying Disney created a band who were these cookie-cutter boy band brothers and everything was perfect and they used Christianity and purity rings as a way to sell music to kids. I mean, they weren’t far off, that’s for sure.”
Because the criticism, he said, they all stopped wearing the rings.
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