Why the Jonas Brothers’ Breakup Was the Best Thing for Them

In 2013, the Jonas Brothers were one of the hottest music acts in the world. The trio had sold millions of albums worldwide and was selling out stadiums across the globe.

So it came as a heart-crushing blow to millions of girls when the band announced that they would be going their separate ways. Now, the brothers are reuniting, and from the sounds of it, their six-year hiatus may have been the best thing they could have ever done.

The brothers found enormous success around the world

The Jonas Brothers signed their first record deal in 2005 and released their debut album, It’s About Time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite time for the brother just yet, as their album failed and their record label dropped them. But the brothers wouldn’t have to wait long until they found success.

In 2007, Hollywood Records signed on with the band. This time, their self-titled album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. An appearance on Miley Cyrus hit show, Hannah Montana and the opportunity to open for the pop star were just what the band needed to push them into superstardom. In 2009, the brothers were nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist.

The Jonas Brothers released four studio albums and became the first artist to have three albums in the Billboard Top 10 at the same time. In addition to their singing success, they also appeared in the enormously popular Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock.

Things were difficult between the brothers

Fans were taken by surprise when the brothers announced that they would be splitting up in October of 2013. After all, the announcement came just two days before the band was scheduled to go out on tour. Fans were confused and started developing their own theories for the split.

In October 2016, Joe Jonas sat down with Vanity Fair and addressed the band’s break-up and rumors that drug addiction was the reason for the band’s demise. Jonas admits that he was seeing a therapist and wasn’t on speaking terms with his brothers. He went on to say that younger brother Nick was actually the one that brought up the discussion, “Nick brought it to the table that he wanted to focus on different things, like acting and doing music on his own. At first, it was really shocking to me because it was kind of all I had known was the Jonas Brothers, forever.”

In a separate interview, this time with Andy Cohen, Nick gave a little insight to what led to the band’s break-up, “We just reached a point where we weren’t creating the kind of music that we needed to create to really progress and it wasn’t really healthy in that respect anymore.” Recently, Nick told Z100, “When it ended it was not good. It was a couple years of rebuilding our family, and in our mind it seemed impossible for us to do this ever again.”

Time away brought the Jonas Brothers the clarity they needed

The brothers came back together professionally when they started filming an Amazon documentary together. They told James Corden on The Late Late Show that the documentary was initially supposed to be about their childhood and culminating with the different projects each of the brothers is doing now. But as they progressed with the documentary, Nick says, “we started to realize that there was a magic that we were missing.”

The brothers decided to start playing together again, just to see how it went. Nick said the brothers immediately knew that this is where they were meant to be.  

The Jonas Brothers have grown a lot since fans last saw them perform together. Nick and Kevin have both gotten married and Kevin has had two children and a reality TV show. Joe is currently engaged to actress Sophie Turner. The brothers also went to therapy to figure out what they needed to be successful this time around.

Fans are still reeling from the band’s announcement and eagerly awaiting more details. But it looks like fans can expect new music, a documentary, and a tour. Until then, we won’t tell if you spend your time watching their brand new release “Sucker” on repeat while you wait for more news.