“It was time,” Kevin Jonas says on “Good Morning America” of the group's split mid-fifth album
The Jonas Brothers said that they will not complete the album they were working on at the time of their break-up, but promised to do something for their fans during an appearance on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday morning.
The group will release four songs from their now aborted fifth album and will combine them with live tracks from their summer concert appearances. They will give that music to their fan club members.
“We do not want to just leave without giving them back something,” Kevin Jonas said.
The news of the split has left the Jonas faithful stunned, ever since the boys canceled a 19-date tour earlier this month just a few days before it was set to begin. They reflected with host Robin Roberts about their reasons for separating after eight years making hit music together, noting that it had a lot to do with differences over the band's sound.
“It was time and for us it took some time getting there, but we feel like it's time that the Jonas Brothers comes to an end,” Kevin said.
Nick said he was the one who initiated the discussion about a possible breakup.
“We're family first, and that's always been our main priority, and so honesty within what we do as a group was really important,” Nick said.
“In a nutshell, I said, ‘I feel like we've had some complications within the new group for a long time without addressing them. I think this train will fall off the tracks without getting real about some of the limitations and some of the concerns that we may feel as individuals and within the group,’ ” he added.
“We felt like it was starting to get stale to us,” Joe said. “It was just individual things that we were butting heads about, whether it was a way to set up the music video to even personal opportunities, and at some point we decided that it was best to finish this.”
As for the future, Joe (who has guest starred on “Hot in Cleveland”) and Nick (who has appeared on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business” and on the 25th “Les Miserables” concert) said they want to continue acting and making music, while Kevin said he hopes to focus more on the business side of the industry and is raising funding for a company that targets Millennials.
“We're really in a season right now of being really excited about the future, but also there's a certain heaviness that comes with closing a chapter,” Nick said.
“We have the best fans in the world and have for our entire career, so we thank them for that, and thank them for really understanding this move for us,” he added.