If you grew up in the 00’s you will have heard about the Jonas Brothers at some point, I was around twelve years old when I discovered their self titled album ‘Jonas Brothers’ in Woolworths (RIP the shop of dreams) and there was no going back. Posters, merch and albums overtook my childhood bedroom, it became my haven. I fell in love with the Jonas Brothers, so much so I was certain that I would marry Joe. But hey, we all fancied a celebrity that was completely out of our reach.
That album would never leave my stereo, and I would sing along to ‘SOS’ and ‘Hold On’ endlessly. I eventually began collecting every album I could find or turning to the forbidden Limewire to download the unreleased songs and adding them to my MP3 player. As I watched Camp Rock, I secretly wished the Jonas Brothers would appear at your summer camp (this is England, where there is no such thing as summer camp). And become annoyed that everyone was discovering them and they no longer belonged to us.
A childhood friend and I used to talk about the Jonas Brothers all the time, and when she asked if I wanted to see them for my 14th birthday when they announced that they’d be playing at Wembley, I screamed all over the house. My excitement made it impossible for me to sleep that night. Even with their questionable outfits and hairstyles, they became everything I needed. They were my true love.
Now it’s been 15 years. And their comeback solved many of our adult problems. And like their song ‘Rollarcoaster’ says “we weren’t just a phase”
I remember the pure joy and feelings of nostalgia when they announced their comeback, sure during the time of their break I discovered BTS aka my other musical love.
Jonas Brothers represent just that, nostalgia, something we all need from time to time. It took me back to my teenage years – those were good times because of the Jonas Brothers.
Early February in 2020, and the opening song. Tears formed as I was looking up at the band of brothers except this time they were happy and enjoyed performing together again.
Watching them now, refreshed and reunited, I’m reminded how things we love in our teens may change, but loving something that much remains the same. Years of deep insecurity were stabilised by my Jonas Brothers obsession. As I wasn’t aware of what was going on in my own life, it was a better story to get sucked into – the same way people find comfort in any kind of fiction whether it’s books, tv or film.
Now, at age 26, I think that if I was in high school now, I would be stanning the South Korean superstar group BTS. Stanning both Jonas Brothers and BTS simultaneously. They could be seen as roads leading to each other, I can’t think of a time where I wasn’t in a fandom.
In my mind, things I love are like paths that connect me to one another. They represent both my tendency towards adoration, as well as the comfort and creativity that fandom has always brought to my life. Who knows if one day, I will be blessed with my two true loves collaborating?
I’m not ashamed to be a fangirl or even a fan of Jonas Brothers (and BTS) because why should we be ashamed to love something so much. It’s about how standing in that crowd makes me feel a different type of happiness. Though we are surrounded by thousands of other people, it seems like it’s just me and them. I guess it’s hard to understand if you have never felt anything like it. Having a connection so deep that it feels as though you know them, even though they probably do not know who you are. Falling back in love with the Jonas Brothers felt like coming home to my childhood self.
Part of me may always be annoyed with Nick for making me experience my first heartbreak (i cried) but at the same time I can forgive him because I got my favourite band back, there is no other trio that could make me feel the way Jonas Brothers made me feel.
Now in 2022, I love both Jonas Brothers and BTS, two different bands that helped me at different moments in my life. Once a Jonas fan, always a Jonas fan and we can be fans of other things too.
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