Nick Jonas flirts with bisexuality Onscreen and Off

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Nick Jonas knows he has tons of fans. His fans are a diverse group and are both male and female; gay and hetero; and certainly bi. With his on-screen roles, he plays characters who portray fluid sexuality, and he teases that persona.

The 23-year-old hunk has played around in public by flashing his shirtless body at gay clubs in New York. He’s dated and been friends with Disney gals who have all recently come out as bi—Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. And, now he’s playing a bisexual character on the online DirectTV series “Kingdom” and a gay character in “Scream Queens.”

To tease the world even more, he gives interviews saying that he will “do anything that it takes to make my characters real” and says things like “I want to become that person and live that life.”

OK, maybe he’s just a big tease. In “Kingdom,” which is in its second season, Nick plays Nate, a Mixed Martial Arts fighter in Venice, California who is exploring his sexuality. There’s a lot of nudity, and lots of ambiguity.

“He’s got to figure out who he is, and that’s everything from his personality to sexuality, every part of himself that he’s never discovered before,” Jonas explains about his character. He smirks when asked if his character is bi-curious.

In one of the “Kingdom” episodes, Nate’s mother (played by Joanna Going) sat down with Nate at the after party and expressed her concern over him not appearing to have fun.

Nate explains, “I’m happy, Mom.”

Mom answers, “You don’t have to be happy, just be yourself or else it’s going to feel like there’s a stranger living inside you and then you’ll never be happy.”

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His mother saw Nate meet up with a guy who may have been a former male fling and it was an awkward moment. Moms always seem to know. When Nate goes into a gay bar, only to be kicked out because he is too drunk, he leaves and is followed by an eager young guy. The guy follows Nate into an alley and Nate leans up against a wall while the guy goes down to his knees.

To add fodder to the rumor-mill, Jonas tells Buzzfeed, “In my prep work I wanted to be aware so I could properly tell this story.” The show’s creator Byron Balasco says, “I really want to show somebody who is struggling with this part of his life and reconciling it with the combination of what it takes to be an elite level athlete and how that concentration makes you to block out and ignore real questions that you have about yourself and about the life you’re living.”

Jonas never talks about his relationships with the famous women he’s known to be seeing, and some sites have even accused him of gay-baiting when he talks about being with men in his past. When asked by the Daily Star Online about whether he has experimented with guys, he says, “I can’t say if I have or haven’t, but if you watch the show you’ll see more of that.”

When accused of teasing the gay populace, Jonas says, “I

love the roles that I’m playing and I’m thrilled to be playing them.” He said his brothers and family are thrilled about his roles, too.

He insists, “I’ve really been trying to make an effort to talk with my gay fan base and find unique opportunities to set up the next chapter of my life and my career with them in it. The attitude I take in the stories I want to share and my personal life and my view is that I think we’re in a time where there’s a new progression for all people of all walks of life to accept all people.”

Watch “Kingdom” at: http://kingdom.directv.com

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Mike Szymanski

Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.”

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