Nick Jonas Gets Therapy After ‘Tragic’ ACM Awards Performance
Nick Jonas has reflected on the “traumatic” moment in his career that prompted him to seek therapy.
This week, Nick and his fellow Jonas Brothers Kevin and Joe Jonas appeared on an episode of Dax Shepard. Armchair expert podcast to look back at the various highs and lows of their long careers in the spotlight.
At one point, when discussing his low moments as a musician, Nick brought up a “tragic guitar solo debacle that happened on live TV” while the JoBros in the break Between 2013 and their return in 2019.
He recalled one infamous live performance at the 2016 ACM Awards when she joined country star Kelsea Ballerini on stage to perform a duet of her song from Peter Pan.
“Kelsea and I had a couple of shows together and this was one of them,” the 30-year-old recalled. “I come out because of my work. I’ve tried it a million times. I feel very confident about it – I don’t even think about it as something that’s going to be a problem.”
Nick – who was riding the wave of a successful solo career at the time – recalled that the live performance started off “fine” before suddenly going down during his guitar solo.
“When I was walking towards it I just blacked out and made a bad sound and basically blacked out and I saw that it was bad and I couldn’t stop,” he said.
In the seven years since, Nick said he’s spent hours unpacking the live blunder but “still doesn’t know exactly what happened”.
“They ran to a car and right after that I ran to a plane,” he said, recalling the aftermath. “I looked at my manager and said, ‘I think that was wrong’. It was like I was in shock.”
Unfortunately, the misfortune did not go unnoticed, a clip of the moment is currently more than 4.2 million views on Youtube.
“Looking back, I can laugh at how much I thought it was,” he said, before going into how viral it was at the time. “But he traveled more than I wanted, and I went to therapy because of it.”
Looking back, Nick described it as “a really traumatic moment that shaped the pressure to be perfect and always be”.
Dax asked if he could grow from the experience and feel less pressured. Nick agreed, but continued to stress that it was one of the “worst” moments of his entire career.
Back then, Kelsea was quick to come to Nick’s defense, and it was telling People that he still thought the performance was fantastic.
“It was my first big kid awards performance and I was really excited to do ‘Peter Pan,’” she said. “It’s my favorite song I’ve released so far, and to be able to share it with Nick – who’s been one of my favorite artists since I was 12 – was really cool.”
You can listen to the full Jonas Brothers interview at Armchair expert podcast with Dax Shepard here.