ONTD fav Nick Jonas stopped by the office of gay magazine Attitude to discuss his gay fanbase, his sexy photoshoots, and his undying support for the LGBT community.
What is your response to critics of your recent cheeky photoshoots?
NJ: I think it’s one of those things where as a man, I prioritise fitness for a TV show. I did the Flaunt photo shoot, which was meant to be edgy and playful, and if people sexualised it, then that was that. But for me, it was about having a good time and being artistic. I have tried to push myself to embrace the sexy elements of what I do, but I’ve never really tried to sexualise my brand, I just do what’s authentic to me.
Was there an attempt on your behalf to court the gay community?
NJ: There’s a thing of recognising that you have gay fans, as a male artist. I was speaking to some of my very close gay friends as I was making the record, and they told me I should really make the effort to embrace my gay audience as it’s bigger than I might think. There should be more of it. There should be more heterosexual male artists who are comfortable to attract a gay audience and do it in a way that’s authentic. With me, it comes from a very genuine and loving place.
With the huge controversy that surrounded Indiana’s anti-gay law earlier this year, do you think celebrities have a responsibility to speak out?
NJ: I feel like on that issue, it’s incredibly saddening most of all. Intolerance in general to me is heartbreaking. I am happy and willing and ready to do all I can to help break down walls because at this point in time, it’s just unacceptable. We are given a platform to talk about things that are relevant to us and important to us and I think it’s one of those things where we really have to be conscientious of what is important to say. I do my best to show respect where it’s due. But also, if there’s something I think is unjust and I have the ability to speak about it then I’m happy to.
Read the rest of the interview @ attitude.co.uk.
Paraphrased from @AttitudeMag, 1.
The Nude Chanteuse made a guest appearance on Saturday at Taylor Swift's tour stop in East Rutherford, NJ. Nick sang his chart-topping hit Jealous, while Taylor attempted to screech along.
Thank you so much @taylorswift13 for having me what an incredible memory... And all the amazing fans for the warm welcome home— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) July 12, 2015
Paraphrased from @NickJonas. Nicky on Instagram. YouTube.