Nick Jonas doesn't think of himself as an icon, but has no problem with his hoards of gay fans.
There's been much talk over the last eighteen months of whether Nick Jonas' gay friendly image, Pride appearances and many, many shirtless photoshoots are a way of pandering to a highly lucrative gay male fanbase, but his latest comments in Vogue Italia seem nothing if not sincere.
When asked what he thinks of being a gay icon he simply said:
"It's an honor, but I don't think of myself as an icon. There should be a lot more straight artists who don't have a problem with having gay fans. I’m really proud to play gay characters and I’ll continue to do so. I think it’s among the challenges of maturing as an actor."
His statement is a positive step towards straight male artists accepting that pop music brings with it a legion gay fans. In the past, gay fans have typically associated themselves with female acts - the likes of Britney Spears, Madonna, Kylie Minogue et al - principally because of how accepting the artists were. Jonas' comments represent a swing towards the widespread normalization of alternate sexualities.
He also commented on his days as a Disney kid, saying:
What I miss most about the time of Disney Club is the group, the friends. We grew up together, we virtually lived together. It was obvious we’d feel connected forever.
You can read the rest of his interview over at Vogue Italia, where he's L'Uomo Vogue's December cover boy, and catch his thoughts on the Justin Timberlake comparisons and his potential return to Broadway.