At the 2008 VMAs, Jordin Sparks had a very visceral reaction to the comments made by host Russell Brand regarding the Jonas Brothers’ purity rings . While presenting an award, she paused to say, “I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It’s not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody — guy or girl — wants to be a slut.”
(Watch a video of Jordin Sparks’ comment here.)
On Tuesday, the VMA-nominated “American Idol” winner, who also wears a purity ring, spoke to EW.com about her comments. “It’s something I feel strongly about,” Sparks said.
Sparks said she does feel sorry that her own unscripted statement might have offended some. “I wish I would’ve worded it differently — that somebody who doesn’t wear a promise ring isn’t necessarily a slut — but I can’t take it back now. It was a split-second thing, and it came out kind of wrong. Still, I don’t regret it.”
The 19-year-old also added that she has no hard feelings against Brand, admitting that the two shared a laugh backstage at the show. “I have nothing against him at all,” she said.
The Jonas Brothers took to the BBC airwaves on Tuesday to respond to Brand’s jokes. “For us, it’s cool to see that he recognizes we are gentlemen,” Nick, 15, said.
His older brother, Kevin, 20, seemed to think Brand just overdid it. “I think he focused on certain things and didn’t move off of them,” he said. “People’s attention spans in America need more than that.”