Before Nick Jonas went solo he was part of a popular brothers boy band, The Jonas Brothers. During the height of their fame all the boys wore purity rings as a pledge to God to wait to have sex. He has since taken the ring off and is not married to you do the math here!
Nick took a few questions from fans during an interview with Reddit and explained those purity rings. One reddit reader asked, “I’m not being snarky when I ask this, I’m seriously curious. Was the whole purity ring thing a part of your marketing to families and young kids? Or were you seriously about abstaining from gettin’ down and it was just publicized to give you guys a cleaner image?”
He eloquently explained, “I’d like to start by saying this: I came from an incredibly religious home. Growing up, my dad was a pastor, and much like The First Family or people in front of the public eye, we were highly scrutinized as a family within the church and looked at as, well I guess you would call an example of what that family image should be. So long before our career started in music, that was what we were dealing with.”
“There was a person in the church who at one point demanded that all the kids in the youth group put these purity rings on and make this commitment. So without a full understanding of what we were stepping into, we all made this commitment. But as you do, you grow up, you live life, you gain some world perspective and you develop your own views and opinions as it relates to faith, as it relates to sex, and everything that falls under the bounds of what your parents teach you and what comes from religion and you get to make your own choices. So I started making my own choices, fell in love with somebody, made the choice to have sex with them,. And from that point on it was about me being a man and being OK with my choices. And then it related to my art and people’s view of me and the public eye. I think it’s always about being comfortable and confident in who you are.”
He continued, “I’ve got a lot of perspective and real care about sex from those days, and specifically because people were watching us, because it was such a strange thing to a lot of people to wear these purity rings, especially as young men in a pop boy band. But I think when I’m looking back on it, although it was challenging to live with that, to be seen and have that attached to our name was very tough. I think it was a good thing. It gave me a really good perspective, to whereas now my main thing is about being OK with who I am as a man and the choices I’ve made, and I think everyone should have a good and solid conversation with either their parents or loved ones about sex and about what they want to do with their life, because it shouldn’t be taboo. It’s a big part of who we are and what makes us human, and if we can’t address. these things head on, then I think that it can really be challenging.”
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