The Inspiration Behind the “Jealous” by Nick Jonas
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From the mid-to-late 2000s, The Jonas Brothers ruled the hearts of millions of teenage girls all around the world. But just as is the case with many boy bands, such as NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys, the brothers grew up and split to do their own projects.
While many solo projects aren’t as successful as the bands they were originally in, member Nick Jonas has seen chart-topping success with his recent single, Jealous.
Watch the music video for Jealous
Inspired by an experience
The lyrics from Jealous are quite easy to decipher, especially if you know the backstory. The song is inspired by an experience with Jonas and his girlfriend, Olivia Culpo. When they were out, someone was staring at Culpo for a bit too long, and it made Jonas, well, jealous.
I don’t like the way he’s looking at you/I’m starting to think that you want him too, the song begins.
When people are in relationships, they can get jealous and paranoid by the most trivial of things, such as harmless stares from envious onlookers.
Even though I know you love me, can’t help it, Jonas says. Deep down, he knows she can trust her, but there’s an almost primal instinct that makes him afraid of losing her.
Culpo is Miss Universe 2012, so naturally, there are going to be plenty of men after her.
Cause you’re too sexy, beautiful/And everybody wants a taste, Jonas says in the chorus. Being a model, Jonas wishes she didn’t
post it all. He describes his feelings as
Protective or possessive, yeah/Call it passive or aggressive. He knows that some people may see his feelings as either a man protecting his vulnerable girlfriend or someone who is clingy and insecure about his relationship.
Despite the negative feelings surrounding his jealousy, Jonas feels differently when his girlfriend is the one feeling green with envy.
Cause you know I get excited, yeah/When you get jealous too, he says later in the song. Jonas probably feels this way because he realizes that his girlfriend still lusts after him and wants him all to herself.
A bit hypocritical? Yes, but logic and love tend to be mutually exclusive. Feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you think.