Power 96.1 Jin­gle Ball feat. DNCE

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I wanted a change of pace and to put my­self through a chal­lenge. It’s easy to eat junk food and party ev­ery night on tour, so I put my­self through a sea­son where I chal­lenged my­self phys­i­cally, and I re­ally en­joyed it. There were days that were tough, but see­ing your body slowly chang­ing, you just want to keep on it. I had a trainer on tour with me – this amaz­ing boxer Ava Knight – and she came out and busted my ass, and I was re­ally en­joy­ing it.

Has your beefier body got­ten you more at­ten­tion from gay men?

I think so! Prob­a­bly, yeah. I’m see­ing it just through DMs. It’s quite funny. But I take it as a com­pli­ment. It’s cool. At the end of the day, for me, it goes back to the mu­sic, and DNCE has done a lot of cool con­certs, like Pride shows. We have a lot of gay fans, and we love that they’re so sup­port­ive, so hey, if that makes them happy, it’s all good.

What do gay men DM you?

I bet you could take a wild guess. (Laughs) It’s all over the map, from self­ies to you-know-what. It’s funny, too, be­cause you can’t re­ally tell what peo­ple are send­ing be­cause ev­ery­thing now is blurred out, Joe Jonas and DNCE are part of the Power 96.1 Jin­gle Ball lineup play­ing Philips Arena on Dec. 16. (Photo by Scott Schafer) and I like to read some of the DMs and hear sto­ries. But, of course, some­times there are crazy ones, and it’s just straight nu­dity. You have to just find some­thing good in it – or laugh, de­pend­ing on what it is.

Why is it im­por­tant for you and the band to per­form at Pride events or, like you did re­cently, at a club like G-A-Y in Lon­don?

In the world we live in now more than ever, it’s es­pe­cially im­por­tant that our mu­sic can take you out of that. I think, what is a bet­ter time than now for ev­ery­one com­ing to­gether and be­ing stronger to­gether, what­ever your thoughts are on the elec­tion? It can be a heartache for some. I think for DNCE we try to bring some joy to you and hap­pi­ness and share the love, and that’s what it’s all about for us. If we can put a smile on your face, that’s what’s im­por­tant to us. And look, our gay fans are awe­some and we want to give back in ev­ery way we can, so we’re putting on shows for them.

There are sev­eral videos on­line of pa­parazzi chas­ing you down and ask­ing if you’re gay. Why do peo­ple think you’re gay?

I don’t know the real an­swer to it. I don’t have an is­sue with it. I think it’s a com­pli­ment. I have a lot of gay fans. It’s not like it both­ers me. Some peo­ple han­dle it dif­fer­ently, but at the end of the day, I’m cool with it and think it’s kind of funny. You have to learn to laugh; peo­ple are gonna cre­ate a story out of any­thing.

You know, it’s prob­a­bly be­cause I’m in touch with my fem­i­nine side. Look, I love fash­ion; I love to dress well. I love cer­tain things like that. And I have a lot of gay friends as well, so that could prob­a­bly point them in that di­rec­tion. But again, the gay com­mu­nity is some­thing that is close to my heart, so I don’t mind. Hey, if they wanna think I’m gay, it’s fun.

You’ve also dab­bled in act­ing. If you ever fol­lowed in your brother Nick’s foot­steps and played gay, who’s on your short­list of male ro­man­tic in­ter­ests?

That’s a great ques­tion. I’d say for sure Daniel Craig. I think Matthew McConaughey is a hunk of a man. I’d have to go with Ge­orge Clooney. Older, ma­ture men.

What mes­sage do you hope to send to peo­ple who are re­luc­tant to sup­port LGBT is­sues?

Look, we’re all hu­man. Some of the best friends in my life are gay, and we don’t look at each other any dif­fer­ently, and it’s not like there’s any sep­a­ra­tion of who we are as peo­ple. Love is love. And if you have a prob­lem with that, then you can just get out of this world – first trip to the moon, first trip to space – be­cause I hon­estly feel like life’s too short to worry about dumb things like that. Peo­ple are peo­ple, and I’m gonna help out in any way I can. And what bet­ter time than now?

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