Lonely Kevin is an image macro of Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers outside looking lonely and lost with his phone in his hand.
On January 29th, 2015, Twitter user @lovanas tweeted two photos of Kevin Jonas”looking confused and alone in New York” (shown below). The tweet gained 1,870 retweets and 3,148 likes in four years.
On February 1st, 2015, Joe Jonas tweeted a lonely Kevin image (shown below, left). The image gained 6,388 retweets and 9,200 likes in four years. Twitter users continued to share only a few variations on the lonely theme. On June 25th, 2016, Twitter user @Lance210 tweeted “when ur friend texts u ‘I’m here’ and u walk outside and they’re not” with the lonely Kevin image. The tweet has accumulated 300 retweets and 1,400 likes in three years (shown below, right).
On October 11th, 2016 Joe Jonas started an AMA on Reddit that received 2,400 comments and 10,500 points. Redditor ohheyitslauren asked what he thought of the lonely Kevin meme and attached a photo (shown below, left). The photo has received over 83,700 views on imgur, Jonas answered,
“I remember when that photo came out. It’s actually a really funny story because we were legit late for something and Kevin was waiting on the corner. Nick and I were both together and we were heading to meet up with Kevin and he was just waiting on the corner looking at his phone, and now that it’s like a part of the whole meme family. I’m really proud. I think at first Kevin was like dammit, did I really just become a meme, but now that Kevin is quite the internet savvy guy I think he appreciates it a lot. I also use it constantly. I’ve Tweeted it and Instagrammed it a couple of times, so I definitely support Kevin memes” (shown below, right).
On March 5th, 2019, The Late Late Show with James Corden uploaded a video of the The Jonas Brothers singing about 2019. The Lonely Kevin meme is mentioned (shown below). The video gained over 2.6 million views and 205,000 likes in a day on YouTube.
On the day following the Late Late Show segment, Twitter users reminisced and started to post their reaction to the reminder of the meme on the show. Twitter user @indigoblvd posted an image of themself with the caption “this pic of me figuring out what to eat has the same energy as lonely Kevin Jonas” (shown below, left). Twitter user @acryforhelpsos posted a crying person behind a happy mask with the caption, “Kevin Jonas going along with everyone making jokes about him being lonely” (shown below, right).