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Los Angeles - Joe Jonas has claimed Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato encouraged him to try marijuana.

The squeaky clean star has said his fellow Disney Channel stars - who are both three years younger than him - pressured him into smoking a joint when they were teenagers.

Joe, 24, told Vulture magazine: "The first time I smoked weed was with Demi and Miley. I must have been 17 or 18. They kept saying, 'Try it! Try it!' so I gave it a shot, and it was all right. I don't even smoke weed that often anymore."

The singer also opened up about his rocky relationship with Demi, claiming the X Factor USA judge - who went to rehab for "physical and emotional issues" in 2010 - was actually struggling with full-blown "drug abuse" and he only stayed with her because he wanted to help her.

Joe recalled: "I really got to know her and got to see the ins and outs of what she was struggling with, like drug abuse. I felt like I needed to take care of her, but at the same time I was living a lie, because I wasn't happy but felt like I had to stay in it for her, because she needed help. 

"I couldn't express any of that, of course, because I had a brand to protect."

The Jonas Brothers star hinted he lost his virginity to his first "serious" girlfriend Ashley Greene, for whom he ditched his purity ring aged 20.

Joe - who also dated Taylor Swift as well as Demi - joked he was glad he waited for the right girl and not his "batshit crazy" ex.

In the revealing Q&A, he said: "I lost my virginity when I was 20. I did other stuff before then, but I was sexually active at 20. I'm glad I waited for the right person, because you look back and you go, 'That girl was batshit crazy. I'm glad I didn't go there.'"

Joe's band - also formed of his two brothers Nick and Kevin - split in October.

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