Joe Jonas appeared to address internet speculation that he leaked negative press about his wife, Sophie Turner, after he filed for divorce last week during the Jonas Brothers’ concert Saturday night.
On stage with his siblings, Jonas addressed the Los Angeles crowd before the performance of his song “Hesitate.” He thanked fans for their love and support before he hinted at the numerous reports that have made headlines in recent days.
“I just want to say, look, if you don’t hear it from these lips, don’t believe it,” he said.
Jonas, 34, filed for divorce from Turner, the “Game of Thrones” actor, in Miami-Dade County, Florida, on Tuesday with a petition that stated their marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
He and Turner then each posted a joint statement to their social media accounts Wednesday, confirming that they have “mutually” decided to end their marriage after four years.
“There are many speculative narratives as to why but, truly this is a united decision and we sincerely hope that everyone can respect our wishes for privacy for us and our children,” the statement said.
News of the couple’s potential split was first reported days earlier by TMZ, which quoted an anonymous source as saying that Jonas was speaking to divorce attorneys and that the couple’s two children had been in his care for months.
More reports, credited to anonymous sources, surfaced, seeming to blame Turner for the couple’s issues, including a TMZ report that Jonas saw Turner on a doorbell camera saying something that led to the divorce. Another report by TMZ said Turner “likes to party,” while Jonas prefers to be at home.
Online spectators quickly defended Turner against what some described as a misogynistic “smear campaign” against her. Many assumed the anonymous quotes came from Jonas’ press team, which Jonas appeared to deny in his statement Saturday.
Those who felt that the anonymous sources were trying to paint Turner as a bad mother pointed out that she was filming in the United Kingdom while Jonas was on tour with his family members as a reason their two daughters were with him, Fans also pointed to quotes from Turner and Jonas themselves describing Turner as the one who enjoys staying home.
It seemed that Jonas’ comments in Los Angeles failed to convince some who believed him to be publicly saving face, though there were those who defended him.
“Oh so you paying TMZ to spew nonsense about the mother of your children but also trying to make yourself look good in the public eye? I see right through you little man,” a person posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
Another person wrote in his defense that people were just “running” with TMZ headlines.
“like neither one of these ppl have said anything other than that mutual letter. save the think piece and mind yalls business,” the post said.