The trio drifted apart over the next few years. Nick was arguably the most famous of the three – he was frequently appearing in musicals and had a role as mentor on The X Factor – and in the end, it was he who first suggested the band should go their separate ways in 2013. “In a nutshell, I said, ‘Look, I feel like we’ve had some complications within the group for a long time without addressing them,’” he told Good Morning America that year.
The Jonas Brothers remained friends – they were actual family, after all – but Nick cut loose to completely demolish his previously clean-cut image. By the end of 2014, he’d stripped off in front of the audience at gay club BPM, beefed up for the TV series Kingdom, and done some raunchy pictures for Flaunt magazine. Yet for the girls who had grown up with him, that didn’t dampen his appeal in the slightest.