How the Jonas Brothers Kept Their ‘Sucker’ Music Video Shoot a Secret

You have to hand it to the Jonas Brothers — they did an excellent job of keeping their reunion under wraps for a long time before they officially announced it. Fans have been dying to know how the brothers managed to keep their epic “Sucker” music video secret. Turns out, it wasn’t easy.

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The Jonas Brothers are back… and better than ever

When the Jonas Brothers broke up in 2013, it didn’t look like a reunion was ever going to happen. In fact, when the guys recently dished on how they finally came around to getting back together, Nick Jonas admitted that things had gotten bad for the group when they split, explaining, “When it ended it was not good.”

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Their documentary was the perfect therapy

Though they’ve continued to be close as brothers over the years, the idea of making music again wasn’t on their radar — until they started filming their upcoming documentary. That time together and doing a deep dive into their journey as a band provided just the therapy they needed to get the creative JoBros juices flowing again.

Nick explained on the Elvis Duran Show: “We spent a lot of time filming again, and then I think we realized that there was a magic there we missed. I sort of began the conversation about doing this again and after a few more conversations they came around.”

How they came up with the music video’s concept

When the Jonas Brothers released the “Sucker” music video, which heavily featured their significant others, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sophie Turner, and Danielle Jonas, fans lost their minds.

How did Kevin, Nick, and Joe Jonas come up with the concept for the “Sucker” music video? The video’s director, Anthony Mandler, recently talked with ET Live about how it all came together.

He explained: “For me, with my history with music videos, it’s always about the artist and the music. Who they are and who they represent to people. Helping me facilitate and reimagine people’s dreams… I’m happy to be part of it. Great people and all the wives were amazing. The whole thing was exciting.”

Keeping the ‘Sucker’ music video shoot a secret wasn’t easy

Since the whole project had to stay hush-hush, there was a great deal of care that went in to keeping the music video a secret. Basically, it meant that the whole thing had to come together really fast.

Mandler explained: “The only way we kept it a secret is that we did it very quickly. I think we shot two weeks ago. And Nick contacted me a week earlier. So the whole thing was about a few weeks which is, for this size project and the amount of people and where we were, you know, you’re obviously always worried about paparazzi and leaks and whatnot. But we had none of those issues at all. It’s a miracle that no one knew.”

The Jonas Brothers shot the music video at Hatfield House, a private estate in England, which created a challenge in keeping the production private. Mandler noted: “[We were] behind walls and there was a lot of sort of barriers, so we were able to do what we were able to do. But I’ve seen in my career, I’ve seen drones and I’ve seen helicopters and tall ladders, so I was expecting actually photos to get out but nothing did.”

A favorite ‘Sucker’ scene

Mandler talked about one of his favorite scenes that involved the dining room, sharing: “You know, the dinner party was special because we wanted to create something sort of odd… and we had a very short time to do it. And we had $200 million in art in it… So it was sensitive and also chaotic at the same time.”