With just a month away from the release of his sophomore solo album ‘Last Year Was Complicated,’ you can expect to see much of hitmaking heartthrob Nick Jonas on your screen and newsstands in the coming weeks.
After lending an electrifying performance his latest hit ‘Close’ to ‘Ellen’ this week, fans can now find the ‘Jealous’ crooner taking to the LGBT-publication OUT magazine where he serves as the June/July 2016 coverboy.
Dishing on everything from his new music, love life, and more, Jonas also hits back at critics who claim he’s ‘gay-baiting,’ or intentionally pandering to the LGBT-audience, by taking on several gay roles on television.
Is Jonas an opportunist or simply misunderstood? Read his response below:
On criticism for alleged ‘gay-baiting’:
“It’s not the majority, but a large handful have a negative opinion for whatever reason,” he says, “and I think it’s really quite sad.”
On naming his new album:
“When I was working on this album, Jay Z asked me what it was about,” he announces. “I said it was about the past year of my life, and that the year was complicated. Jay Z said, ‘That’s the name of your album: Complicated.’ ”
On inspiration behind new album’s content:
“With this one I made a real point to tell stories as honestly as I could.” “It became very clear what it was going to be about, after the breakup [with girlfriend/Miss USA Olivia Culpo]. I just dove in headfirst and wrote about all of it. I think it was the most meaningful relationship I’ve ever been in, and it was the longest.”
On dating in the public eye:
“It definitely sucks. It sort of feels like, on top of dealing with the situation with the person, you have to be thinking about other people’s opinion about it, and without all the information.”
If you can’t wait until May 24th when the issue hits stands, check out his full interview with OUT magazine here.