Since 2008 I have been a huge fan of the Jonas Brothers and Joe was the one I fell in love with from the start. He's probably my first big celebrity crush. Of course I still love him and care about him, so when I see his name trending online and I just get home, not knowing why he's a trending topic, I'll be worried and figure out what's happening right away. I knew it would be something serious, so I was hoping it wasn't too bad.
It turns out Joe has written about his experience growing up in the limelight as a Jonas Brother and Disney kid. Joe wrote an essay-type piece for New York Magazine's December 9th issue, which is also featured on Vulture.com. Joe discusses how the group's career hasn't been as easy as it is shown on TV shows and how there was a lot that held the band back from what they wanted to pursue. He writes about the hate the band got from the beginning to the end. This is an honest essay about what really happened behind the scenes.
I am so, so proud of Joe for doing this. He may be judged by the haters, but he knows fans like me are there for him no matter what happens. I have been a fan for about seven years now and I can say I will never stop being a fan. Opening up about these kinds of things can help fans more than you think.
Fans appreciate this because with Kevin, Joe, and Nick being employed by Disney, they couldn't talk about the hard times and the slip-ups. Now that everyone is older -- we grew up with these guys -- we can hear about stuff like this from them and not a sketchy tabloid or gossip site we can't trust. Plenty of rumors have gone around the past few years that no one believed because we didn't hear it from the boys.
Friends and fans of Joe have tweeted their endless love and support.
You can read the article in this week's issue of New York Magazine or read the "real, PG-13ish version here.
What do you think about Joe's essay?