Jonas Brothers explain breakup on 'GMA': Nick Jonas instigated it over 'complications'
The Jonas Brothers have officially broken up, and they're much more enthusiastic about their own respective futures than they are about a reunion any time soon. Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas all came on "Good Morning America" to discuss their breakup announcement and what triggered it.
"It was time. For us, it took some time getting there, but we feel like it's time that the Jonas Brothers comes to an end," Kevin says.
As was initially reported, it was Nick who felt "trapped" by the family band. He tells Robin Roberts that he instigated the breakup discussion because there had been some problems between the brothers Jonas for a while.
"I was actually the one that initiated the conversation," he explains. "We're family first and that's always been our main priority, and so honesty within that, within what we do as a group, is really important. So I came to the table with the guys just before we were prepping to leave for a tour and I shared my heart with them."
Nick elaborates, "In a nutshell I said, look, I feel like we've had some complications within the group for a long time. Without addressing them, I think this train will fall off the tracks. Without really getting real about some of the concerns and some of the limitations that we may feel as individuals within the group. It was a tough conversation, I'm not going to lie. It was the first time we'd really had that real conversation and it was a few days of working through it. Now we've all come to a place after a lot of time thinking about it and talking about it together where we feel like we're better suited to do our own individual things, all the things we're passionate about, and choose to be brothers first."
Joe elaborates a bit on what those complications are, saying disagreements over the direction of the music led to troubles in other elements of the band like how to make their music videos. He says they began to feel the music was getting "stale," and they also were having conflicts over personal opportunities. "At some point we decided it was best to finish this and support each other in our own ventures along the way," he says.
The album that the Jonas Brothers were currently working on won't be completed, but they will release four new songs off it for fans. The rest of the album will never be released, Kevin promises. In addition, 10 live tracks from the summer tour are going to be published.
As for the future, both Nick and Joe plan to continue making solo music and start acting, while Kevin is going to focus on business ventures and being a father. They aren't planning on reuniting in the near future, but also acknowledge they can never say never.
"I feel like we're playing it one step at a time right now, and rebuilding as brothers first," Nick says.