Here's Who Inspired Some of the Jonas Brothers' Hits, From Miley Cyrus to Taylor Swift

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Getty /Rob Hoffman | JBE

The Jonas Brothers are known for their hit love songs, and quite a few of them are inspired by their actual love lives. While Kevin, Joe, and Nick usually stay away from confirming any speculation that relates to their past romances, they have left more than a few subtle references in their lyrics.

In recent years, though, the brothers have mostly written about their wives. That definitely holds true on their newest album "The Album," which is almost entirely comprised of love songs that are presumably about Danielle Jonas, Sophie Turner, and Priyanka Chopra. One of the songs, though, is addressed to a new object of the brothers' affections — their daughters. Nick and Danielle welcomed daughters Alena Rose and Valentina Angelina in 2014 and 2016 respectively, while Joe and Turner welcomed Willa in 2020 and a baby girl in 2022, and Nick and Chopra welcomed their daughter Malti in 2022.

Still, in addition to playing their new hits, the brothers are revisiting many of their older songs on their latest tour, which kicked off on Aug. 12 — so it's understandable that fans might be wondering about the people that inspired them. Ahead, here's a brief overview of some of the band's most famous songs and the people they were (probably) written about.

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "Mandy" About?

The brothers reportedly wrote the song about their childhood friend, Mandy Van Duyne, who Joe is believed to have dated when he was younger.

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Who is the Jonas Brothers' "Video Girl" About?

The diss track is rumored to be about Kevin's ex girlfriend Zoe Myers, who starred in the band's "Year 3000" music video. In addition to the obvious "video girl" reference, there are also a few lyrics that match up with Myers, such as her history with pageants and moving to LA to become an actor and singer.

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Who is the Jonas Brothers' "Paranoid" About?

When this track was first released, many fans theorized that it was a reference to Joe's breakup with Taylor Swift. Swift's breakup track about Joe, "Forever and Always," includes lyrics like "Was I out of line? / Did I say something way too honest? / That made you run and hide like a scared little boy?" The Jonas Brothers' hit song strikes a similar tone with lyrics like "That's why my ex is still my ex / I never trust a word she says / I'm running all the background checks / And she's freaking out."

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "Lovebug" About?

While the brothers have never confirmed who the song is about, their documentary "Chasing Happiness" alludes that it's about Nick's romance with Miley Cyrus. As Nick talks about how their tween romance inspired him to write more love songs, the documentary shows an old video of him recording "Lovebug" in the studio.

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "Much Better" About?

The Jonas Brothers gave another subtle reference to Taylor Swift with their track "Much Better," which is about finding love with someone new after a bad breakup. The lyrics "I get a rep for breakin' hearts / Now I'm done with superstars / And all the tears on her guitar / I'm not bitter" seems like a nod to Swift's hit song, "Teardrops on My Guitar." In 2022, Joe made a small change to the song that seemed to indicate that he and Swift don't have any bad blood. "Now I'm cool with superstars / And all the tears on her guitar," he sang during the brothers' Las Vegas residency, per Teen Vogue. The rest of the song seems to be about actor Camilla Belle, who Joe started dating almost immediately after Swift.

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "Before the Storm" About?

There's no denying that this song is about Nick Jonas's ex Miley Cyrus, seeing as she is actually featured on the track. The emotional song details their 2007 breakup. During the Jonas Brothers World Tour in 2009, Cyrus even joined the group for a live performance of the track.

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "Wedding Bells" About?

Though Nick and Miley Cyrus initially split in 2007, there were rumors that they rekindled their romance when she was filming "The Last Song" in Georgia, per Us Weekly. Of course, she eventually fell for her costar Liam Hemsworth, and the costars announced their engagement in 2012. Nick ended up confessing his feelings about the whole ordeal in a song titled "Wedding Bells."

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "What Do I Mean to You" About?

Though Rita Ora and Nick never officially dated, Nick did have a pretty big crush on the singer in 2013 — and she seems to have inspired this track. The song, which is about trying to figure out the state of a relationship, actually calls out Ora by name. Ora later clarified the whole ordeal during an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live!," adding that while they were close, "it never went to that level." She eventually confronted Nick about the song and he confessed his true feelings. "It was one of those situations," she added. "He never really told me that I think, but regardless, we're still friends and I still have a lot of respect for him."

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "Sucker" About?

It's pretty obvious that Danielle Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, and Sophie Turner are the inspirations behind the song, seeing as they're featured in the music video. Clearly, the Jonas Brothers are "suckers" for their ladies.

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "I Believe" About?

During a 2019 interview with Billboard, it was revealed that the song is about Nick's whirlwind romance with Priyanka Chopra. The lyrics, "People saying that we move too fast / But I been waiting for a reason, ain't no turning back" seem to reference how the couple got engaged nearly two months after their relationship was first confirmed, and eventually tied the knot that same year. When you know, you know!

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "Hesitate" About?

While talking with Billboard ahead of "Happiness Begins"'s release, Nick described the song as Joe's "love letter" to Sophie Turner. Turner previously told The Sunday Times that Joe helped her through her mental health struggles, while Joe credited Turner for helping him repair his broken relationship with his brothers in an interview with Harper's Bazaar.

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "Vacation Eyes" About?

While a lot of the songs on "The Album" seem like they could be odes to all three of the Jonas Brothers' wives, in a 2023 interview with Variety, Kevin confirmed that "Vacation Eyes" is specifically inspired by his wife Danielle. "'Vacation Eyes' is based on how my relationship started with my wife," Kevin said. "We met on vacation — and continuing that love story every single day is how I want to live my life. It makes me want to be on the beach! It's just such a fun song about enjoying life."

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Who Is the Jonas Brothers' "Little Bird" About?

The track "Little Bird" from "The Album" is a heartfelt tribute to the brothers' daughters. "Came in the world, my baby girl / Beautiful angel / Oh, I could cry, got your mother's kind eyes," reads the first lyric, setting the tone for the song. Kevin later shared a sweet TikTok featuring his daughter Valentina explaining that she loves the song "because it's about us!"