Last month, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato joined artists like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam in canceling planned concerts in North Carolina to protest the state’s controversial anti-LGBT law (called HB2, or house bill 2) which prevents trans men and women from using bathrooms aligned with their gender identity.
Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres as part of Monday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jonas explained why he and Lovato came to the decision, the result of “a lot of conversations” between the two artists and their respective teams.
“It’s an incredibly frustrating situation overall,” Jonas said. “We are very aware of our strong LGBT community fanbase and the support they’ve given us and the support we want to give them. And this was a time where I feel like we said we have to make a bold statement, put our foot down and stand firm in something we believe in and it’s unfortunate for the fans there and for us because we want to go play as many shows as possible. But in our minds it’s the right thing to do. and hopefully our fans will stand united with us.”
In April, Jonas and Lovato released a joint statement about the canceled shows. “North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing, and it takes away some of the LGBT community’s most basic rights and protections. But we will not allow this to stop us from continuing to make progress for equality and acceptance,” the pair said. “We know the cancelation of these shows is disappointing to our fans, but we trust that you will stand united with us against this hateful law.”
Watch Jonas discuss the North Carolina shows, and his trip to last week’s Met Gala, below.