Nick Jonas Hits Back At Gay-Baiting Claims: “It’s Really Quite Sad”
Nick Jonas hits back at claims that he engages in gay-baiting in his new Out cover story.
Jonas has been accused of catering to certain fan groups with performances in gay clubs, underwear-clad photoshoots, and his roles on “Scream Queens” and Kingdom.” As the Out profile even notes, one critic specifically alleged he’s taken “a page out of the James Franco playbook, courting the LGBT community, aggressively working both the gay press and New York City’s club circuit.” But it’s an insinuation that he rejects.
“It’s not the majority, but a large handful have a negative opinion for whatever reason,” Jonas says, “and I think it’s really quite sad.” On “Kingdom,” he stars as a gay MMA fighter, and he notes, “It’s been a great character to play, one that I try to be respectful of and take myself out of. He’s on his own path.”
Jonas goes on to share that he looked to his own gay friends for character inspiration. “It was a good way to research, to kind of build the character with some elements of real life,” he says. His own life, after all, remains quite different.
Though he split from Olivia Culpo last year, Jonas tells the magazine, “I think it was the most meaningful relationship I’ve ever been in.” And his love life has long been a fascinating subject for fans, gay or straight. Likely referring to his teen romance with Miley Cyrus, the former child star comments, “The fact that people were intrigued by a 14– or 15-year-old’s relationships was strange to me.”
“Now I think it makes a bit more sense,” Jonas continues. “I think it’s kind of amusing, people’s interests. But it’s funny, because I think I live a pretty low-key life.” One that, according to him, most definitely does not include gay-baiting.