Art by Kitkat Lastimosa
Thank you for holding,” came a tweet from Joe Jonas on the first day of March. “Sh*t = Together.” There’s even a sunglasses-wearing emoji for emphasis. It’s a direct follow-up to a tweet of his from 2013, where he asked fans to “please hold while we get our sh*t together,” before they eventually announced the breakup of the Jonas Brothers — a band that could very well have defined fangirl culture in the late 2000s.
Because now the Jonas Brothers are decidedly un-broken up. They’ve unleashed a new single with a video featuring high fashion and their significant others (as in, the real Mrs. Jonases, in the end), purity rings and Ed Hardy shirts long forgotten. Everyone (and, I can attest to this, everyone’s mothers) is glad to have them back. They sound better than ever, and they’re also cuter than ever.
You can no longer tell this about me, but for a time, between the ages of 11 and 15, I was totally devoted to the Jonas Brothers — so much so that I was an active member of their official Philippine street team. Somehow we found each other, coming together first on an online forum dedicated to our boys, and then in real life. We had a zine and a website with a domain. We were as official as it got, and found ourselves in magazines and newspapers and even on TV. We had fun, and best of all, we became lifelong friends, remaining tethered to one another and in touch.
The street team itself has remained active, supporting the brothers through different projects. It’s now primarily managed by Samantha Labao, who is also a Nick J. ambassador handpicked by the man himself.
So when I was asked to get the gang back together on a group chat to discuss the good old days and our feelings, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Turns out there are just some things that’ll always be a part of you.