Kingdom star Nick Jonas is featured in the December 2016 issue of Men’s Fitness.
It’s late afternoon, and I’m at a public driving range watching Nick Jonas smash golf balls by the bucket. We’re outside Portland, OR, where tonight he’ll be playing before a sold-out crowd at the giant Moda Center alongside pop megastar Demi Lovato.
But for now, gripping his driver in his hands, he’s all about golf and nothing else. Each time he tees up a ball, he squares up to it with steady, McIlroy-esque cool, then…ping! 250 yards. Seconds later: Ping! Another 250 yards. As time wears on, the titanium-to-Titleist collisions get louder, harder, pingier, but Jonas’ focus doesn’t waver.There was one major obstacle, however: At age 13, despite being active and healthy, Jonas was diagnosed with type-1 (juvenile) diabetes. Though the disease plagued him at the start of his career—“I had wild mood swings,” he recalls—he eventually learned how to manage it. He wears a Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor, which constantly checks his blood sugar, and is hyper-vigilant about his diet. “When I’m on the road,” he says, “I always make healthy choices. I don’t have a meal plan delivered to me, but I know what not to eat. I’m always cautious about the food I put in my body.”
Which is all the more impressive when you notice the people crowding near him—mostly young females who have just discovered who that guy is, over there!, wielding the sizable drive, and who are being held back by his security detail.
Taking the bachelorettes as a cue, I have to ask him: Will he be settling down anytime soon?
“Well,” he says, “I think love and romance happen for some people, and it’s an amazing thing. But right now I’m really serious about my work. I’ve got too much on the agenda to really think about losing myself to love.”
This could be partly influenced by his current road-trip partner Demi Lovato, who’s not just a longtime friend but also, apparently, one hell of a wingman. Recently she told Billboard magazine, “When Nick was in a relationship, I was like, ‘Get out of that. You could f**k anybody you want right now. So have fun and do that.’ ”
“Yeah, basically, that’s Demi,” he says, laughing. “She’s a good friend.” He pauses for a moment, then adds, “But I’m enjoying meeting and getting to know people. It’s nice.”
Kingdom returns with new episodes in 2017 on Audience Network.
Photo Credit: Peter Yang for Men’s Fitness