Nick Jonas says the Jonas Brothers lied about opening for Kelly Clarkson when they weren’t famous so they could land better gigs

Nick Jonas told Kelly Clarkson about how the Jonas Brothers hustled to book gigs when they were an unknown band.

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Nick Jonas told Kelly Clarkson about how the Jonas Brothers hustled to book gigs when they were an unknown band.
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  • Nick Jonas appeared on NBC’s “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Thursday and revealed that the Jonas Brothers lied and said that they opened for Kelly Clarkson because “no one cared about us in 2005.”
  • “We listed the other acts that we’d ‘opened up’ for, but that really just meant that we were on, like, the outside stage in the parking lot while you were playing for 40,000 people,” the 27-year-old singer said.
  • Jonas said that her name gave the band some credibility and helped them land gigs. He then told her, “We owe you “20%.”
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Nick Jonas admitted that the Jonas Brothers used to lie and say that they opened for well-known artists like Kelly Clarkson years ago when they were an unknown band.

“No one cared about us in 2005. We were just coming up and basically, to get other gigs, we listed the other acts that we’d ‘opened up’ for,” Jonas said during an appearance on NBC’s “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Thursday.

“But that really just meant that we were on, like, the outside stage in the parking lot while you were playing for 40,000 people,” the 27-year-old singer continued.

In response, Clarkson said: “I love that.”

Jonas went on to say that as a result of their white lie, the Jonas Brothers did actually gain some credibility.

“You helped us get a lot of gigs after that, so thank you,” he said. “We owe you 20%.”

Prior to the revelation, Clarkson said that she felt “like I just got really cool” when she learned about her connection to the band, comprised of Jonas and siblings Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas.

Nowadays, Clarkson is a Grammy-winning musician with her own talk show, but she was an aspiring 20-year-old singer from Joshua, Texas when she auditioned for season one of the reality TV show “American Idol.”

Clarkson went on to win “Idol” and land a record deal. Her debut album, titled “Thankful,” came out in 2003 and she has released seven studio albums since then, comprised of hit tracks like “Since U Been Gone,” “Miss Independent,” and “Because of You.”

The Jonas Brothers rose to fame in the mid-2000s as a boy band from New Jersey. In their 2019 Amazon documentary called “Chasing Happiness,” the siblings detailed their career and spoke about traveling to cities like Boston to do small shows at school assemblies and other venues in order to gain a following.

The crowds at their shows slowly increased and they released their first studio album, called “It’s About Time,” in 2006 with Columbia Records.

Nick, Joe, and Kevin went on to frequently appear on Disney projects alongside rising stars like Miley Cyrus and landed their own sitcom called “Jonas,” which they later said “stunted our growth.”

The Jonas Brothers also served as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys, Cyrus, and Avril Lavigne before headlining their own tours. After breaking up in 2013, the Jonas Brothers returned in 2019 with a new album (“Happiness Begins”), their Amazon documentary, and a new tour with stops in the US, Mexico, and Europe.

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