He’s all grown up! Over the years, not only have the Jonas Brothers stolen fans’ hearts, but their youngest sibling, Franklin Jonas, did too. Now, the Bonus Jonas is making a major name for himself, especially on TikTok.
“There’s definitely been moments where I was like, ‘Is this really what I want to do right now?’” he told Bustle in April 2021. “This experience on TikTok is so different because I’m being so authentically myself and not caring and just doing what I can.”
Aside from his social media fame, Frankie is also pursuing a career in fashion, film, and television. “[People tell me] that I need to have more fun [and] I need to be less intense all the time, which you would not get from TikTok,” he told the website.
Over the years, his brothers have also opened up about his success both in and out o the public eye. “He’s working hard, we’re really proud of him,” the band dished during a fan question and answer session with Ask Anything from June 2019. “He’s just killing it out there. Frankie, we love you and we’re proud of you!”
Do the boys still refer to him as the “Bonus Jonas?” Well, as per Joe Jonas, they don’t because he actually hated that nickname. “We don’t refer to him as ‘Bonus Jonas’ anymore, he doesn’t like that name. He never did,” the singer said during the Ask Anything chat. “We get it. That’s just a sad name to be called, so he goes by Frankie Jonas. That’s actually his name.”
When chatting with Bustle, Frankie confirmed that he, indeed, “hated” the “Bonus Jonas” moniker. “A lot of my problem with being in the public eye was that I was seen as this commodified vision of myself,” he explained. Now, Frankie explained, he finally has his own “thing.”
“Everything that I talk about on TikTok … no one knew that that was how I speak, how I express myself, what I think is funny,” he said. “I was just making jokes, thinking no one was hearing them. And then people heard them and liked them. I thought, ‘I’m going to continue to do this,’ because I’ve never had my thing really. This feels like so much of my thing. It feels so empowering to have a thing.”
What else has the youngest Jonas Brother been up to since his claim to fame? Well, J-14 did a major investigation and it turns out, he’s accomplished a lot over the years! Click through our gallery to find out what Frankie’s up to now.
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