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No matter what, the 2008 Disney Channel stars that we all know and love will be a family forever – all the way up until the "Year 3000", one may say. You know who we're talking about. The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato became the faces of teen culture during their Disney Channel prime, and the staying power of their careers is quite commendable. They were very much the "Kids of the Future," as they're all legit killing it at life basically a decade later – and yes, we're just full of Jo Bro puns. It's what we do.
We know, we know. It's a very complicated web. A few of 'em dated, some had headline-making feuds – heck, the Jonas Brothers even broke up, despite being heavily supported by millions of fans (yeah, we're still a bit bitter). However, even through all of the craziness between each and every member of the iconic 2008-era Disney Channel crew, they'll always have each other's backs. How are we so sure? Well, there's proof – and we'll get into all of that. But first, let's break down their relationships with one another because it's altogether fascinating, tbh.
How it all began...
Now, Miley was the first to enter the spotlight – and the Jonas Brothers came soon after. If you weren't already a Jo Bro fan from the start, then you probably became aware of their adorableness on the night of August 17, 2007, AKA the date of the High School Musical 2 premiere, in which the Jo Bros' cameo episode of Hannah Montana aired right after. You know, kind of like how Raven's Home is premiering right after the Descendants 2 premiere this Friday. But we digress. Nick, Kevin and Joe weren't the first ones to guest-star on Season One of Hannah Montana. Selena played Mikayla, Hannah's pop star enemy, in an earlier episode.
In the meantime, Demi was getting her start on the network by starring in a short-lived short called As the Bell Rings, which aired in between commercial breaks. Her true debut was in 2008 when she became the leading lady of Camp Rock. The rest is, as they say, history. These Disney stars' faces were legit everywhere, and they had to go through all their teenage years in the spotlight. Selena even described it as going to "the biggest high school in the world."
Given the fact that Selena and Demi both met as little kids during a Barney & Friends audition, they were as close as could be – but not Miley. She and her friend Mandy Jiroux even made fun of the Selena and Demi in a YouTube video, sparking a major feud that would go on to last for years.
So where did the Jonas Brothers fit into all of this? Well, Nick dated both Miley and Selena, which honestly hasn't been talked about enough despite being controversial AF. And while Joe dated Demi for a short time, Kevin was busy flying under the radar with his now-wife Danielle Deleasa (er, Jonas). However, he did totally pick sides that one time when he rocked a "Team Demi and Selena" shirt. Oh, the drama!
Some of them are closer than others now-a-days, but they will always have one thing in common: the year of 2008. And who better to remind them all of that than New Jersey-dwelling dad Kevin Jonas, who has most likely had some time to reflect now that he's had some time away from the paparazzi. In a recent screenshot he posted to Twitter, the former Jo Bro pointed out just how successful his fellow generation of Disney kids are doing in the music industry.
Now join us as we go through some of the other standout ways the stars have supported each other.
When Demi praised Miley for getting sober.
"I am really proud of Miley. I think that it helps people to know that there are people in the spotlight that have challenges, that are faced with very stressful lives. I think it helps to know that recovery is possible and it’s something that is so important to certain people like myself," the "Sorry Not Sorry" songstress said in an interview.
When Demi and Nick went on tour together, and Joe came out for a surprise rendition of "Gotta Find You."
This will never not being a jam.
When Nick publicly proved he's a big fan of his former girlfriend Miley's music.
That time Miley and Demi hugged at the 2017 Los Angeles Women's March.
It was slightly forced and awkward – but like, they did put forth the effort.
When Demi and Selena reunited, taking the friendliest selfie.
"Look at how #coolforthesummer we are," Demi captioned the photo from 2015. They're still super supportive of each other today, as Demi tweeted about Selena's latest single "Fetish."
So we'll admit it – things will never be the way they used to be between Nick, Joe, Kevin, Miley, Demi and Selena. They're probably not going to all be the best of friends no matter what happens, but it's fine because that's just the way they roll...