The Jonas Brothers may be superstars now, but they also used to be teens with troubles of their own.
At the 2019 Teen Choice Awards, Jack Black presented the trio with the “Decade” award. And the group recalled stories of being bullied in their past.
Kevin remembered being called “piss head” at school because of his frosted tips, but it was that hairstyle that got him his first acting job. “They hired me because they liked my frosted tips. The same haircut that got me called piss head was what started my actual career. And it’s also the reason I’m standing on this stage.”
Nick explained how it wasn’t the students that bullied him, but his teachers.
“My teachers felt it was their job to keep me in my place by singling me out and giving me a bit harsher treatment than everyone else,” he said. “I had enough self doubt as it was. I didn’t need to be told how little I really was. But if I had stopped what I was doing at that moment, then I wouldn’t be here today, receiving this award.”
Kevin added, “The reason we are telling you these stories is because the first award we ever won was a Teen Choice award. And it meant so much to us because it was voted on by teens.”
“Those things that you feel like you’re singled out about, that you’re bullied about that define you in your teen years, can become the thing that make you special, that’s your gift, that’s your power,” Nick told the audience.