Nick Jonas was young when he put on a purity ring and committed to stay a virgin until he was married. However, Nick believes he was tricked into wearing the ring because he had no idea what abstinence meant, according to Celebuzz, April 1, 2016.
No, this is not an April fool’s joke when Nick Jonas admitted on Reddit’s AmA, “I’m Nick Jonas, and I was in a sibling boy band. Ask me anything,” that he had no idea what was being asked of him when he was given the ring to wear. Nick and the rest of his brothers wore the purity ring while they were on the Disney Channel. However, in 2014, Nick removed the ring after he had sexual relations outside of marriage and he was no longer a virgin.
During the question and answer segment, one person asked Nick, “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? Did you just bail on it once a bunch fine women started throwing themselves at you? Or you still trying to be pure and whatnot?”
Nick explained some of his early youth by telling that he comes from a very religious family and his dad was a pastor of the church. While he was growing up, his family was held to a certain standard of what a family should be and they didn’t dare stray off that path.
“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.”
He said that growing up gave him different perspectives and over time, he developed his own views on life, religion, and sex, which combined with the foundation that his parents instilled in him. He started making his own choices and one of those choices came after he fell in love and he chose to have sex before marriage.
“From that point on it was about me being a man and being okay with my choices. And then it related to my art and people’s view of me and the public eye.”
Nick then gave a valuable piece of advice when he said, “I think it’s always about being comfortable and confident in who you are.”
Nick did not mind wearing his purity ring and he is not embarrassed to have worn one while he was a young teenager. “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 where as now my main thing is about being okay 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. “
Nick Jonas also answered questions about other things such as his favorite cigars are EK52s and the Party Gifts series. He also said that someday he would like to be on the cover of Cigar Aficionado, but because of an age requirement, he will have to wait until he is 35-years-old before he is allowed to do that.
Nick Jonas related to some who had diabetes because he has the same problem in keeping his numbers in the right range and trying to stay positive. His song, “Champagne Problem” was written when he and his ex-girlfriend were breaking up. He said it was sad and sweet at the same time, and that this song has some really deep lyrics.
Nick Jonas has a number of songs out including, “Jealous,” “Levels,” and “Chains.” In his latest album, he credits the title with Jay Z who is partners with Nick’s manager, Phil McIntyre. Zay Z listened to the music but felt that the album title was not right. He asked Nick to sum up what the year was like and Nick replied, “Last year was complicated,” To which Jay Z responded, “That’s it.”
Nick Jonas dated Olivia Culpo, former Miss Universe, but they broke up in 2015. Nick and Olivia had dated for about two years, and after that, it was rumored that he began dating Kate Hudson.
What do you think about Nick Jonas, his candid answers to his fans and did he really not know that the purity rings stood for?