Sometimes the only way to repair a relationship is to end it.
Pop superstars the Jonas Brothers were still at the top of their game when they took an extended hiatus in 2010 and 2011. Their previous album sold eight million copies and they’d recently won Breakthrough Artist at the American Music Awards. After hints that they were recording a new album in 2012, the brothers officially broke up and went their separate ways. Kevin Jonas, the eldest brothers, says finally ending the band has made the brothers’ relationship much better.
“We were forced to be together because we were working together,” Kevin tells Oprah: Where Are They Now? “When that’s no longer there, then you make the personal decision and choice to spend the time or not, so you learn very quickly where you feel fulfilled and where you don’t. Really it’s that simple.”
Ending the band is what turned everything around, Kevin says. “So we took that to the next level, right? We learned about each other. We all separated, and for a long time, we were doing individual things, talking rarely. Now, our relationship is much better, stronger.”
Here, Kevin reveals why stepping together again for their brief reunion only reinforced the idea that they’d gone in their own directions.
Kevin’s full interview will air on OWN this fall.