Nick Jonas: “I’ve Always Been Quite Driven”

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Nick Jonas takes a big jump with his guitar in this new shot from Sunday’s issue of Parade Magazine.

The 17-year-old opens up to the magazine about his solo career, dating and lots more.

On his brothers & going solo: “We make decisions together—even when we’re doing things individually. Going into my first solo album, it’s good to know that they were excited. There’s been a good vibe from the get-go.”

On being called Mr. President: “It was a joke at first, then, I thought, ‘Man, it actually would be cool to run for President one day.'”

On his drive: “I’ve always been quite driven. I take after my father. He’s a driven person. He’s also a leader. He does a great job as a mentor to all of us.”

On his dating life: “It’s a lot more boring than anyone wants to think. Look at my brother Kevin,” Nick says, dodging the question with a sly grin. “He just got married, so now we have a sister.”

On “Who I am”: “That song is about someone loving me for who I am. It’s saying that it’s important for me to be comfortable with myself first. One of the biggest things I think people struggle with, even at my age, is self-confidence—feeling comfortable in their skin and wanting to find someone who loves them for that.”

On self confidence: “One of the biggest things I think people struggle with, even at my age, is self-confidence—feeling comfortable in their skin and wanting to find someone who loves them for that.”

He also shared, “I hope my peers in music and my friends are liking it. I hope they can see my growth in music. It’s a dream of mine to win a Grammy one day.”

Be sure to pick up a copy of Parade for more.