Nick Jonas was barely a teenager when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
“I was a 13-year-old kid with a life that was kind of uprooted by this disease,” the musician and actor told me Wednesday at the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’s Big Fighters, Big Cause charity boxing match at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “I didn’t know anyone in public at the time who lived with it.”
Three years later, when the Jonas Brothers were one of the hottest boy bands around, Jonas went public with his condition.
“If I’ve helped someone share my story over the past 16 years, that’s the goal,” he said.
He was awarded this year’s Golden Glove by the foundation for his commitment to diabetes. “I look at the people who have helped me on my journey — my family, my friends — and I want to take care of them tonight,” Jonas said. “But they decided to give me this honor and it feels kind of bizarre, but I’m really grateful.”
The Jonas Brothers will be on stage for five performances in Las Vegas early next month. “We cook some special things for our fans,” said Jonas. “They will help us choose the set list every night. We all went through our homes and grabbed some personal memorabilia that we will sell for a dollar each at a pawn shop to thank them for their always great support.”
What couldn’t Jonas part with? “Not to say it won’t happen in the future, but some lyric sheets and a certain guitar,” he said.
The charity event came just a day after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults. Jonas tweeted about the massacre: “Sending my thoughts and prayers to everyone who has lost a loved one in this terrible tragedy and all the tragedies far too common over the past few weeks, months and years. But that aside, we all know that thoughts and prayers are not enough.”
He also tweeted a link to Mom’s Demand Action, a group calling for solutions to end gun violence. “As a father, as an uncle, I can’t think about the children and all the lives lost,” Jonas told me. “I hope something changes and we will see the end.”
Jonah and wife Priyanka Chopra welcomed her first baby daughter Malti Marie, about a replacement in January. The couple recently announced that the newborn spent the first 100 days after birth in the NICU. Jonas says Texas and similar tragedies have hit him harder now that he’s a father. “Anything goes,” Jonas said. “The weight of everything is much more intense. I think it’s now about trying to be as present as possible and as considerate as possible for your family but also for other people’s travels. I am so thankful for [Malti Marie] and the wonderful perspective of being a parent.”
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