Smoking weed with Miley Cyrus, losing his virginity at age 20 and dating Demi Lovato while she was abusing drugs - all is on the table as Joe Jonas, 24, opens up to New York Magazine for its Dec. 9 issue in an essay the former Jonas Brother penned titled "Joe Jonas: My Life As a Jonas Brother."
Jonas's band announced in October that after almost 10 years together, it was time to call it quits. With his boy band days now in the past, this essay is a pretty great read, so here are the juiciest quotes and highlights from the article.
|Joe and Miley Cyrus|
"The first time I smoked weed was with Demi and Miley," Jonas said. "I must have been 17 or 18. They kept saying, 'Try it! Try it!' so I gave it a shot, and it was all right. I don't even smoke weed that often anymore." The singer, who once said told ABC News, "I've never done drugs,", added that he doesn't drink very frequently either. "My 21st birthday, I fell down a flight of stairs. I was unconscious that time, and my whole team was scared to death that somebody was going to get a picture," he admitted. "Now I appreciate wine or a vodka-soda at the end of the day every once in a while."
|Joe and Demi Lovato|
Jonas said that his one-month romantic relationship with longtime friend Demi Lovato meant a lot to their Disney fans, but because she was secretly struggling with drug addiction, "I felt like I was living a lie...I wasn't happy but felt like I had to stay in it for her, because she needed help," he explained. "Things kept building up, and Demi ended up punching a girl in the face on a plane, because she thought the girl was blaming her for something. Everybody gasped, and the girl just started bleeding. That's when her team and her family told her, 'You need to go into rehab.'"
|Joe and Ashley Green|
From 2010 to 2011, Jonas, then 20, dated "Twilight" star Ashley Greene, and he considers it to be his first "serious" relationship. However, "I was living out in L.A. by myself, and at the end of the day, long distance didn't work. It's incredibly difficult," he said. And though he didn't name anyone specifically, he also added that he lost his virginity around that time too. "I did other stuff before then, but I was sexually active at 20," he said. "I'm glad I waited for the right person, because you look back and you go, 'That girl was bats--t crazy.' I'm glad I didn't go there."
|Growing Up Jonas|
Coming of age in the spotlight wasn't always fun for Jonas, he explained. "There were the moments when I'd walk into my hotel room only to find a girl I didn't know standing there," he said. "For the record, we didn't have the traditional rock-and-roll experience. We were kids working with Disney, so finding a girl in our hotel room didn't feel like an open invitation. This isn't 1986, and I'm not in a hair-metal band. It felt like a problem we had to solve without it getting us into trouble." At one point, he explained that he was chased through a shopping mall in Spain by "like, 100,000 people" and his privacy was violated in South America in a truly bizarre way: "A hotel staff member snuck his kid into my room. I don't know what they were hoping would happen, but security showed her out."