May 23, 2023 | 4:05
He is only human.
Nick Jonas has revealed his infamous performance with Kelsea Ballerini at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards landed him in therapy.
The “Close” hitmaker joined the country star on stage for a rendition of his 2015 song “Peter Pan.”
But moments after starting the duet “well”, Jonas recalled his “tragic” guitar solo which apparently ruined the performance.
“A truly tragic guitar solo debacle… happened on live TV,” the 30-year-old singer said on the “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard” podcast.
“I go out for my thing. I’ve repeated it a million times. I feel really confident about it – I don’t even really think about it like it’s something that’s going to be problematic.
“I started off it was good and as I walked towards her I went completely blank and hit a bad note and basically passed out and found it was wrong and that I couldn’t stop,” he added.
At the time, Jonas poked fun at himself and laughed along with the torrent of jokes on social media, writing, “Yeah, I messed up the solo because of a huge cerebral fart. We’re all human and it happens sometimes, but whoever did this is a genius.
Looking back on the crash years later, Jonas told Shepard, “In retrospect, I can kind of laugh at how big I thought it was. But he traveled more than I would have liked, and that prompted me to seek therapy.
“To this day and a few hours after unboxing it, I can’t quite figure out exactly what happened, but I was rushed into a car and rushed onto a plane right after.”
“And I looked at my manager and said, ‘I think that was bad. I was a bit in shock. Like it was a really traumatic moment that shaped the pressure I put on myself to be perfect and still be active.
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Although he admitted the blunder ultimately led him to seek therapy, he still called it ‘the worst time’.
It seems JoBro’s on-stage incident didn’t affect his reputation, as Ballerini joined the Jonas Brothers on their 2021 tour titled “Remember This Tour.”
During the concerts, Ballerini and Jonas both performed his hit 2016 collaboration with Tove Lo, “Close.”