• Nick Jonas performs on stage at G-A-Y Club Night at Heaven in London, England in 2015. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Actor and singer Nick Jonas has sought to downplay accusations that he's "gay baiting" his fans by appearing on the cover of a prominent American gay publication.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

12 May 2016 - 9:52 AM  UPDATED 12 May 2016 - 9:55 AM

Nick Jonas has played a closeted boxer in television show Kingdom, a gay frat boy in Scream Queens, headlined the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras party, and even flashed his abs while touring the New York gay club scene to promote his single "Jealous" last year.

But now the former boy band star has spoken with gay publication Out Magazine - which he's on the cover of this month - slamming the idea that he's gay baiting his same sex-attracted fans.

Of the many, many accusations of gay baiting, Jonas tells Out: “It’s not the majority, but a large handful have a negative opinion for whatever reason,” he says, “and I think it’s really quite sad”.

In respect to his character on Kingdom, he said tries to be respectful of his character's journey and take himself out of it. "He’s on his own path," Jonas says.

He tells the interviewer that he looked to his gay friends when preparing for the role: “It was a good way to research, to kind of build the character with some elements of real life.” 

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Jonas' new comments about gay baiting echo an interview he did in 2014 with Pride Source, in which he said: “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I think it’s unfortunate that some people have to find a negative in every situation. Clearly my heart is in the right place, and more than anything, if they just looked at my life and my gay friends and the authentic nature of where my heart is, they’d just see that they’re kind of ignorant.”

As for what's next? Well, he's working with the one and only "gay in his art and straight in his life" James Franco.

Jonas will star in Goat, which is produced by Franco. As in Scream Queens, he will play a frat boy, and the film follows the increasingly violent, testosterone fueled hazing rituals of the aggressively masc fraternity.

He's not gay baiting, you guys. He just really, really loves his gay fans.