"Once I got older, and I experienced love, and had sex, and defined my view of the world...I accepted that [the rings] were probably a fascinating story to people," Nick says.
Nick Jonas now says the scrutiny over the purity rings he and his brothers Joe and Kevin famously wore during the rise of the Jonas Brothers fame was inappropriate considering he was only a teenager at the time.
In a wide-ranging interview with Harper's Bazaar online, the boy band was asked if it was awkward talking about their sex life at such a young age.
"The very simple answer is that it was incredibly annoying," Nick, 26, said. "And then it became a defining factor of who we were as a band, which was disappointing. I was just trying to navigate love, and romance, and what sex even meant to me, at a sensitive age."
"The question should have been: Is it appropriate for people to talk about a 16-year-old's sex life? It's absolutely not -- and it wouldn't necessarily fly today."
Joe, 29, added, "It definitely wouldn't."
Nick said after he fell in love himself he understood why people were so fascinated by the brothers' jewelry choices.
"Once I got older, and I experienced love, and had sex, and defined my view of the world, and what faith and religion actually meant to me, I accepted that [the rings] were probably a fascinating story to people," he recalled. "In the same way, the 'South Park' episode [which ridiculed the rings] is incredibly entertaining. I accept that it made some people curious and laugh. It doesn't define us now. That's what matters."
And Nick, of course, married actress Priyanka Chopra back in December and celebrated their marriage to the world with multiple, lavish ceremonies. The "Jumanji" star gushed to the publication about the former Miss India.
"Certainly the person I ended up falling in love with and marrying is very famous and successful and all of that," Nick said. "I couldn't have predicted that would happen, that life would take me down that path."
"The fact that she'd been working in this business for as long as I have, we could relate on that," he continued. "I'm grateful to have found the right person."
The Jonas Brothers abruptly split in 2013 -- as chronicled in their new documentary "Chasing Happiness" -- but eventually found their way back together as a band, announcing their reunion earlier this year.
With a new album, "Happiness Begins," which features their record-breaking single "Sucker," to be released tomorrow, along with a highly-anticipated tour, it would seem the Jonas revival is in full swing. Despite the success so far -- many of their concert stops have already sold out -- Nick admitted they weren't confident it would all work out when they first reunited, but they were optimistic.
"It felt like the appetite was out there," Nick said. "That didn't mean it would be easy. I've been saying, over and over, 'I'm so glad it worked. By no means can we hang out and ride the wave. We're going to have to keep pushing. But this could have gone terribly wrong. We're grateful the pieces came together."
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