Wait, are the Jonas Brothers breaking up again? That seems to be the question on everyone’s minds since Nick Jonas released a solo song, called “Spaceman,” on Thursday, February 25. Yep, almost two years after the group got back together, they may be going their separate ways once again. Here’s what you need to know…
Sorry Guys, This May Be The End Of The Jonas Brothers — For Now
So does Nick’s new song mean that he’s launching a solo career and that he, and his brothers — Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas — are done making music together? Well guys, according to The Sun, the answer is yes.
“The Jonas Brothers’ reunion is effectively over for now. They had an album ready to go and were about to announce it last March but then the pandemic happened and everything was postponed,” an insider told them. “Since then they’ve all been working on their own projects and they feel like they’ve moved on from that music. There’s been no big falling out this time, but realistically it will be a while before they do music as a trio again.”
But don’t worry, you guys, because Joe made it clear that there was no bad blood between them.
“Wait Wtf?” he wrote on his Instagram Stories, alongside a photo of Nick promoting his new track. “Just kidding! Can’t wait for ‘Spaceman!’ Let’s get it!”
The band’s official Twitter account also spoke out about the situation, writing, “We have the best fans in the world and we love you so much! We all have a ton of exciting stuff coming (together and apart) and we can’t wait for you guys to hear all about it.”
The Guys Were Supposed To Release Another Album Before The Pandemic Hit
For those who missed it, the former Disney boyband actually confirmed that their next album was ready in February 2020.
“Yeah, a new album. It’s coming,” Nick said during an appearance on The Tonight Show. “We figured, why slow down. Literally two or three weeks [after Happiness Begins came out] we were with a bunch of our songwriting friends, we went somewhere to record to write and came out with a record pretty much done.”
But they revealed a few months later that they had decided to post-pone it because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Actually, we had the album nearly finished when I last saw you, and right after that we did finish it,” he explained during another appearance on The Tonight Show in April 2020. “Then, obviously the world changed quite a bit. The new album as a whole, we’re just going to wait a second and see what all happens.”
They were also supposed to release a memoir, called Blood, but that was put on hold too.
“It’s important to us that our memoir Blood is perfect and that we share it when the time is right. Because of that, we’re taking some extra time to write our story,” the band wrote in a statement on Twitter back in July 2020. “We’ll update everyone shortly once we have more info.”
The Guys Have Been Living Their Own Lives
During the pandemic, all three of the guys have stayed pretty busy. Joe welcomed his first child with Sophie Turner — a little girl named Willa. And he also announced in January 2021 that he would be making his debut on the big screen in an new war movie called Devotion. Glen Powell, Jonathan Majors, Thomas Sadoski, Nick Hargrove, Christina Jackson, Daren Kagasoff and Spencer Neville have all also been cast in the upcoming flick, which is being directed by J.D. Dillard.
As for Nick, besides working on solo music, he was also a judge on Season 18 of The Voice. And Kevin has been busy taking care of his two daughters, Valentina and Alena, with his wife, Danielle Jonas.
The First Time They Split Up, It Wasn’t Pretty
As fans know, this isn’t the first time the guys have taken an hiatus. But the last time they split, it was not pretty. Back in October 2013 — just two days before the Jonas Brothers were scheduled to start their tour — fans got an email from Ticketmaster that said the concerts were canceled.
“There is a deep rift within the band,” their spokesman, Jesse Derris, told People Magazine in a statement later that day. “There was a big a disagreement over their music direction.”
Then, during an appearance on Good Morning America a few weeks later, they gave us some more insight on why they had decided to go their separate ways. It turns out, Nick was the one who initiated the breakup.
“I think it was time, and for us it took some time getting there, but we feel like it’s time that the Jonas Brothers come to an end,” Kevin said.
“We’re family first, and that’s always been our main priority, and so honesty within what we do as a group was really important. I came to the table with the guys just before we were prepping to leave for tour, and I shared my heart with them, my feelings,” Nick added. “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 in the group.’ It was a tough conversation… It was the first time we really had that real conversation. It was a few days of working through it.”
Joe explained, “At some point, we decided it was best to finish this and support each other and our own ventures down the way.”
And when Nick appeared on Watch What Happens Live a few years later, he admitted that the breakup caused a major rift between him and his brothers.
“It was a very tough conversation, and it left the family kind of shaken up for a little while. I mean we were about to start a tour. We were two days from starting a tour,” he reflected. “We’re good now. I have a beautiful niece. My brother has a family. Joe’s band DNCE is doing very well. It’s good for everybody and it’s good that it happened because I think we all grew from it, but it was very challenging for a little while.”
Joe revealed in 2016 that at first, he was very “mad and confused.”
“I was seeing a therapist and I wasn’t on speaking terms with my brothers,” he said. “When it happened, we were focusing on going on another tour and we had plans to hit the road and do what we had been doing for a while. Nick brought it to the table that he wanted to focus on different things, like acting and doing music on his own. At first, it was really shocking to me because it was kind of all I had known was the Jonas Brothers, forever. So, I was pretty mad and confused because, I was like, ‘I’ve been putting so much time and effort into this for so long and now I just have to stop and figure out what’s next.’”
After six years of doing their own things, the guys got back together in 2019. They released a new album, called Happiness Begins, and went on a worldwide tour. We really hope this isn’t the end of the Jonas Brothers once and for all!