In 2014, Nick Jonas’ scorching self-titled solo album saw him shirk his good boy rep for a sexy new sound, and now the 23-year-old singer is highlighting his sensitive side. After revealing on Twitter Thursday that he was working on an album called Last Year Was Complicated, the former Jonas Brother has shared a new Tove Lo-assisted single, “Close.”
According to Jonas, the song is about how he “literally can’t open up and be vulnerable with someone,” which falls in line with with the heartbreak theme he penned the forthcoming record around. “When I first started making [Last Year Was Complicated] I thought I knew what it would be about… Then I had a breakup,” he tweeted Thursday. “It then became very clear what this thing would be about… And that I would need to dig really deep… S–t is too real sometimes… Reliving some of these real life experiences through this music is hard.”
The breakup he’s referring to is likely his two-year romance with Miss Universe 2012 winner Olivia Culpo, which ended last summer.
Jonas first teased the track’s visuals on Twitter Wednesday, sharing a glowing still of himself leaning in for a mysterious kiss as a dub-heavy Caribbean beat played on. With no accompanying caption to explain the clip, social media subsequently erupted, and Jonas returned to Twitter Thursday to provide some context.
In a series of tweets, he revealed the album’s title and tracklist, as well as that he’d been working on it for the last year and a half. “Every song is so personal and meaningful to me,” he wrote. In addition to Tove Lo, he thanked Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, and retired professional basketball player Allen Iverson for their contributions to the record. It’s slated for release June 10.
Hear “Close” and see its music video below.Last Year was Complicated is now available for pre-order.
Since Nick Jonas dropped in 2014, the singer has toured extensively and tried his hand at acting, appearing in the lead role of erotic thriller Careful What You Wish For and as recurring characters on Scream Queens and Kingdom in 2015. He toasted his upcoming fraternity drama, Goat, at Sundance earlier this year.