The newly solo artist gives a very revealing interview to New York Magazine

By Gillian Telling
Updated December 02, 2013 12:00 PM
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Is Joe Jonas trying to shed his squeaky-clean image?

The now-solo artist, 24, has given a very revealing, in-his-own-words interview to New York Magazine on what his life was like growing up as a Jo Bro – and how different it is for him now.

In the article, he touches on group’s rise to super-stardom and the side effects of working with a family company like Disney (“It made us feel like we couldn’t ever mess up,” he says. “You’re expected to be perfect”), and he dishes on how fellow Disney stars Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus encouraged him try pot for the first time when he was 17 or 18.

“They kept saying, ‘Try it, try it!'” so I gave it a shot and it was all right,” Jonas told the magazine. “I don’t even smoke weed that often anymore. Now I appreciate wine or a vodka soda at the end of the day every once in a while.”

He also confesses that he lost his virginity at age 20 (hinting that it was to then-girlfriend Ashley Greene), and that he occasionally fooled around with his female fans. “There were times when I definitely took advantage of the opportunities I had,” he said.

The Jonas Brothers made headlines a month ago when they abruptly canceled their U.S. Tour, and a week later announced their breakup exclusively to PEOPLE.

In the article, Jonas reiterates that the group had simply had enough of making music together – they’d had a huge blowout fight over the direction of the band, and they decided to call it quits so they could focus on solo projects.

“We didn’t want to become a band that was worried about the fact that people didn’t understand how cool we were,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re trying to take care of ourselves as a family.”

The musician also said he’s excited about getting back in the studio and working again with the kinds of writers and producers that Disney once deemed “too weird for us.”