The Jonas brothers have expressed regret over being known for the purity rings they wore for several years but criticized the media for its inappropriate fascination with the sex lives of teenagers.
At the peak of their career a decade ago, Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas, who comprise the Jonas Brothers, made headlines by wearing purity rings — the popular evangelical symbol of abstinence before marriage. Then in their teens, the trio wore them everywhere: on red carpets, in their music videos, and at their concerts.
But after breaking up and reuniting six years later, the brothers, now all married and in their 20s, are speaking out about the media storm surrounding their vows of abstinence.
“The very simple answer is that it was incredibly annoying,” Nick told Harpers Bazaar of the media’s obsession with the brothers’ abstinence.
“And then it became a defining factor of who we were as a band, which was disappointing. I was just trying to navigate love, and romance, and what sex even meant to me, at a sensitive age.”
Nick argued that the question should have been: Is it appropriate for people to talk about a 16-year-old’s sex life?
“It’s absolutely not — and it wouldn’t necessarily fly today,” he asserted.
Still, Nick said he understands why the purity rings were such a topic of conversation, given the teen idol status of the brothers.
“Once I got older, and I experienced love, and had sex, and defined my view of the world, and what faith and religion actually meant to me, I accepted that [the rings] were probably a fascinating story to people,” Nick admitted.
The sons of a former worship leader and pastor, the Jonas brothers also discussed the rings in a new documentary, “Chasing Happiness.” Joe said that a South Park episode, which ridiculed the rings, made it seem like the brothers were using Christianity and purity “as a way to sell music to kids.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett