“What is it, Em? What happened? Is it Mom again?”
“No, Mom's fine. It's something I did that caused something else to happen. Bri,” She started to sob before continuing, “Bri, I'm pregnant.”
“Oh, my! But...”
“I know what you're thinking, Bri. No, I'm not married. What do I do now, Bri?”
“Umm.. Well, first, does Mom know?”
“Yeah, I told her just before calling you.”
“Everyone knows you back there at home. They'll know all about you. What do you think?”
“I can't raise a baby. Bri, you're getting married. Will you raise it as your own baby?”
“Are you sure? I think you'd be a great mom.”
“But I want to be married before I take care of a baby. What if I come to Dallas to be near you and where no one will know me?”
“Absolutely! If that's what you really want, I'll start to search for the right apartment for you to live in,” I told her.
“Yes, Bri, it is what I want. I'm not ready to be a mother, but this baby will be born. After all, it's not her fault that I'm pregnant.”
We finished talking and both hung up. About 2 hours later I had packed up and was almost ready to leave my hotel room to head back to Dallas when my phone rang again. This time it was the Jonas family publicist who said,
“Brianna, we have a problem. I was just browsing the press sites and apparently somehow they got a picture of you with a guy. And they're spinning it as though you're cheating on Joe.”
“What? What picture? Send it to me.” She did, I looked at it on my phone and realized who it was. “Oh, no, I'm not cheating. All that happened was a goodbye hug between friends. And on top of that he's my ex-fiancée.”
“Ok, then we need to set up an interview so that you can say that officially on the record. Then the paparazzi will move on to someone else's life.”
She got me scheduled to go on the Today Show for an interview. It took me only 1 day to travel and be in New York for that interview. I arrived 20 minutes before I was going on and immediately went to hair and makeup where they touched me up and I waited till I was called to go up to the set.
“Next up we have a visit from a young lady who apparently has some explaining to do. A young lady named Brianna Thomas,” Co-host Matt Lauer began the story, “Isn't that right, Savannah?”
“That's right, Matt. You might think that the name Brianna Thomas sounds familiar. Well, that's because she's engaged to a famous rock star. That's right, it's Brianna, fiancée of Joe Jonas,” Second co-host Savannah Guthrie said as I walked out, “So, Brianna, I understand you're here to put the rumors swirling around you to rest.”
I moved to shake her hand and sit down while saying,
“Yes, Savannah, as most of you already know, there's a rumor going around along with a picture of me with an unknown guy saying that I'm cheating on Joe. Well, I'm here to say officially that the rumor is NOT true. And as for the picture, yes, I've seen it and I can tell you that I am not with anyone but Joe, my Joe.”
“But,” Savannah continued, “Who is the man in the photo?”
“The man in the photo is a close friend who also happens to be my ex-fiancée. I was simply giving him a goodbye hug after singing at a coffeehouse for the first time.”
20 minutes later, the interview was over and I was in a cab traveling to the airport where I'd catch a flight back to Texas. When I got to the waiting area for my flight, my phone rang.
“Hi, Brianna, it's Demi.”
“Oh, hey, Demi, how are you?”
“Doing ok. I wanted to find out if you'd be interested in joining me for a trip to Africa.”
“That would be an incredible experience. I'm definitely in, Dem,” I told her.
By the time we were done talking, I was sitting in my seat waiting to hear that the plane was taking off. Not 5 minutes after hanging up, the pilot announced that very thing. As soon as we were up in the air and I could turn my phone back on, I called Joe.
“Bri? What's going on?”
“Well, the two main things, I'm going on a trip to Africa with Demi and Emily called to tell me that she's pregnant and wants me to raise her baby.”
“Oh, wow, was not expecting you to say that.”