‘I learnt to accept gay people at eight years old.’ – Nick Jonas

‘I learnt to accept gay people at eight years old.’ – Nick Jonas

The pop star and actor says his acceptance of LGBT people began when his was just a child, after his father told him, “”It’s all love, it’s all the same.”

The Jonas Brother has become one of LGBT community’s strongest allies in recent years, but he has revealed this week that his acceptance of gay people goes back much further.

During an appearance at the Outfest Film Festival – a festival celebrating LGBTs in the film industry – in Los Angeles this week, Jonas thanked his Protestant minister father for teaching him a lesson about same sex love when he was just eight years old.

Whilst performing as a member of the Jonas Brothers, Nick said he realised one of the performers in their show was gay.

“One of my friends who was one of the guys in the show – his name was Mark – was leaving the theatre one day and I saw him leave with his partner,” he said. “I looked at my dad and said, ‘Oh, that’s different,’ and he was like, “It’s all love, it’s all the same.”

“It just connected with me immediately,” he told the gathered crowd at the Harmony Gold Theatre. “I came from a religious background and my dad is actually a pastor. But he is an incredible man with an amazing open mind and heart.”

In June, the Jealous singer stepped in to headline Pittsburgh Pride – after rapper Iggy Azalea dropped out of the event over claims of homophobia and racism.

He has also admitted that The Jonas Brothers didn’t ‘do enough’ to acknowledge their gay fan base, saying: “When my brothers and I started touring and had some success, naturally they [the gay community] became a pretty big part of our following. I don’t know that we ever did enough to really own that.”

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  1. Francis
    July 23, 06:20 Reply

    All of una wey wan born pikin abeg learn oh. All this discrimination, prejudice etc wahala comes from you guys. If you stamp it out early, the world would be a much better place.

  2. Max
    July 23, 06:33 Reply

    I’m sure the MGM’s and prospective MGM’s here will tell their kids the opposite.
    Mtchew

      • Jamie
        July 23, 11:47 Reply

        Yeah, am sure not all, but majority still do!!

      • Max
        July 23, 13:04 Reply

        Colossus is one of a kind MGM… You can’t compare him with the chaff heads here.

    • pete
      July 23, 06:44 Reply

      & you know this how? you are taking your prejudice against MGMs too far

    • kacee
      July 23, 07:33 Reply

      Hehehehehehe max ur so wicked.

    • Tiercel de Claron
      July 23, 09:10 Reply

      It’s confirmed,Max suffers from Foot-in-
      the-mouth disease.
      Don’t you ever think before spewing out all
      this rubbish?

    • Masked Man
      July 23, 12:28 Reply

      Pessimism much. Calm down. Don’t be so much a warrior.
      Mtcheeew.

    • Max
      July 23, 12:58 Reply

      If you were offended by what I wrote, you know you’re a prospective culprit..
      You can start by slitting your wrists and then jumping off NETCO building. The world will have less foolish people to deal with.
      Bishes!!

      • Masked Man
        July 23, 14:25 Reply

        I thought you were always cool.
        What happened to you?
        The witches from your village must really be of the first order.

        • Max
          July 23, 19:57 Reply

          I thought you were too, guess the same witches did a number on you.

  3. Sinnex
    July 23, 07:47 Reply

    The guy is cute sha. I just want to cuddle him.

    • kacee
      July 23, 07:59 Reply

      Back off bro, i aint sharing…mtchewww

  4. kacee
    July 23, 07:55 Reply

    Wow this is the way fathers WORLDWIDE should behave especially AFRICAN fathers, omg nick my baby’s daddy *faints*

    • Pink Panther
      July 23, 08:04 Reply

      African fathers… lol. Funny, I saw the word ‘African’ and thought of the other word ‘Africanness’ and how most people have unwittingly likened it to a lack of progressiveness.

  5. Mitch
    July 23, 08:57 Reply

    It must be nice to come from a family that progressive

  6. Eros
    July 23, 09:30 Reply

    Awwwww. This child is so cute. I could just rub nutella all over him and eat him up.

    And as for you Max, nawa for you oooo. Where in this whole article did the writer mention anything about married gay men?? Oooo Chim ooo

  7. Dominic Obioha
    July 24, 03:56 Reply

    Some versions of hatred appears to be valid here. What’s is it with Max and MGM. Stop over flattering yourself scarecrow! You are not relevant. Channel your negative energy to jumping off 3rd mainland bridge. The. World of KD would be better.

  8. MagDiva
    July 24, 08:32 Reply

    The very same thing you accuse straight people and others of is exactly what you are guilty of and doing to MGM’s. Your intolerance, dogmatic attitude is not just rude but downright unbecoming. You cannot dictate to anyone how to live their lives, who appointed you moral police?
    I get you might feel like it’s a betrayal to the flock, but continuously persecuting them doesn’t make you any different from those you accuse of having internalised homophobia.
    You don’t have to accept or like their decisions but respect it. #my2pencewithchange

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