In the magazine's annual "Summer Must List" issue on newsstands now , the year-old pop star speaks candidly about his Disney Channel days.
If you want to talk about that graduating class of , I'm really proud—it's a really good group," says Nick, who dated Miley and Selena during that era. It's a cool thing. I still think its one of the best pop songs of the last 10 years. And you know, she's always been outspoken and authentic to who she is, so it was only a matter of time before she really owned that, and I'm proud of her It's a lot like watching your high school crush do well, just on a bigger scale.
In fact, they're taking their act on the road this summer with the Future Now tour. It won't be the first time the friends have toured together, of course. But, after a violent incident with a backup dancer, Demi checked into rehab for an eating disorder and emotional issues. Ever since, she has been outspoken about her struggles and often uses her story to inspire others facing similar issues.
But I was genuinely concerned that I might lose my friend," Nick says. It's a journey, you know? And it still is. And we did have a lot of pressure on us to maintain that image. But once you become an adult you realize nobody's perfect, and it actually does you a disservice in your artistry to try and keep that up But it was more challenging than I've spoke about before. I never wanted to sound like I was bitching about it, because a lot of people would kill to have what we did.
But I had a couple years where s--t was really not going well—like when the Jonas Brothers tried to come back and do it again , but too many things were just not authentic about what we were doing. To be 21 and think, 'All right, is my career over? Have I blown it? Or do people just not care? How does she feel about being his muse? Well, Nick isn't quite sure. The concept of the song, which maybe doesn't stand out on first listen, is, 'You're amazing, you're all the things I hope to find with somebody, but timing, circumstances, all these things play into it not being right.
I don't know if I'll hear from her again.