The Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas on far right.
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
"It was time," said Kevin Jonas, 25, on Good Morning America Wednesday.
The morning show touted that this would be the "only interview" the Jonas Brothers would do to explain the big news that hit this week - they're over as a music group.
"I'm the one that initiated the conversation," said Nick, 21, who did most of the talking as Robin Roberts did the interviewing. "We're family first, and that's always been our main priority. And so, honesty within that, within what we do as a group, was really important. So I came to the table with the guys just before we were prepping to leave for our tour and I shared my heart with them, my feelings."
He added, "In a nutshell, I said I've feel like we've had some complications in the group for a long time."
Kevin was nodding at that point.
"I think this train will fall off the tracks with really getting real about some of the concerns and limitations we may feel, as individuals in the group. It was a tough conversation." He added that it took "a few days of working through."
Now, he says, "after a lot of thinking about it and talking about it," they are going to pursue their own passions. "And choose to be brothers first."
Joe, 24, explained that they tried to hold on to the music "for so long." But, he said, at some point, "it felt like it was starting to get stale to us."
There were "things that we were just butting heads about. Whether it was the way to set up the music video to even personal opportunities. At some point, we decided it was best to finish this and support each other."
Kevin said the album will "not be completed but we will be doing something for our fans. They have traveled with us for so many years we did not want to leave without giving them back something. So we're going to release four of the songs. The rest of the album will never be released. Then we'll put the live tracks from the last summer tour - about 10 songs - we'll be giving that to fans, just as a gift."
He added, "We know it's going to be sad for a lot of people, but for us, we are looking forward to the future."