Why Joe Jonas Says He and His Brothers ‘Really Miss the Crap Out of Each Other’ During the Coronavirus Pandemic

A lot of families are separated during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Even famous ones — and Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas are among those. As the Jonas Brothers are actually family in addition to being a popular music trio, they aren’t happy to be away from each other. Here’s what Joe said about how they’ve been dealing.

The Jonas Brothers became popular on the Disney Channel

The Jonas Brothers formed their band in the mid-00s. They were initially signed with Columbia Records but soon began to work more closely with the Disney Channel. They signed with the company’s record label, Hollywood Records, through which they put out three albums in as many years.

Disney is known for having its young stars cross-pollinate through its various properties. So for a few years there, they were everywhere. They played themselves in Hannah Montana and various Jonas Brothers documentaries while starring in the Camp Rock films and their own short-lived original series Jonas.

They broke up for a time

Then came the fallout. In 2011, the Jonas Brothers took a brief hiatus. They reunited and began to release new music. However, after beginning a tour in 2013, the Jonas Brothers abruptly split once more. Their live album, LiVe, was thought to be the last fans would ever see of them.

It was several years before they would make amends. The Jonas Brothers’ triumphant return came in early 2019. Since then, they’ve released multiple hit singles, their album Happiness Begins, a documentary of the same name, and much more.

The Jonas Brothers have hung out virtually

(L-R) Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers perform at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on May 1, 2019
(L-R) Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers perform at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on May 1, 2019 | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp

These days, they can’t seem to get enough of one another. In addition to working together, there have been a lot of family events, including the weddings to Nick and Priyanka Chopra, and those of Joe and Sophie Turner. But now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, they’re each sheltering in place in their own homes with their respective wives (and children, in Kevin’s case).

“This is the longest [time we’ve been apart] I think in this new era,” Nick told Jimmy Fallon on a virtual The Tonight Show appearance in April 2020. “But when we were not working together, there were times we would not see each other for three, four months at a time.” They appeared to have a great time at their virtual hangout with Fallon.

Now they ‘miss the crap out of each other’

Though the pandemic rages on, there’s still content to promote. Joe has a Quibi series, Cup of Joe, and he did a video for GQ where he answered fan questions. One asked about how the Jonas Brothers get along, and Joe had a really sweet answer, in which he revealed that he’s missing Nick and Kevin.

“Well we’ve learned to put family first and that’s been really important for us,” he wrote on Quora, as in the YouTube video. “And also we’ve learned to respect when each other needs some time and we have our own separate lives. So I think at this point we really miss the crap out of each other. It’s been so long since I’ve seen these guys.”

There’s new music from the Jonas Brothers

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Surprisingly, Cup of Joe isn’t all Joe is busy promoting. The Jonas Brothers released a follow-up to their documentary, a concert film appropriately titled Happiness Continues. What’s more, they’ve continued to release new music.

On May 11, 2020, they teased a new collaboration with Karol G, simply titled “X,” due out on May 15. It looks like the Jonas Brothers are still happily working together, even when separated by the regulations of a global pandemic.