Resplendent — it really is the only appropriate descriptor here — Jonathan is dressed in head-to-toe tulle, with a sneaker-clad foot poking out the bottom and a huge, joyful smile on his face. This is a huge moment for the UK magazine, which rarely sees a "non-female cover star" gracing its cover. In fact, this is only the second time, with One Direction being the first to take centre stage in 2012.
In an Instagram post on Monday, Cosmopolitan UK's executive editor, Amy Frier, revealed that the interview covers "Brexit, Bake Off, Binaries, and Bernie Sanders — as well as some things not beginning with 'B.'" Jonathan released his debut novel and memoir, Over the Top, in September, where he opened up about his diagnosis as HIV-positive — as well as many other pivotal life moments — for the first time. Since the release of his book, Jonathan has spoken widely about HIV/AIDS — including an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Sunday, World AIDS Day — and has become a staunch advocate for those at-risk and living with HIV. "This is only the beginning," he told Cosmopolitan UK. "I'm quickly realising that there is still so much misunderstanding, so much sensationalising of living with HIV. The stigma and the difficulty around the process of getting treatment is creating that. My work has only really just begun."
Jonathon also speaks about prioritising himself to avoid burnout, even if it means turning down exciting opportunities that are almost too good to miss. "The other day, Taylor [Swift] and I were making soup and she asked me to go to a Madonna concert with her," he said. "That was the day before my [5 a.m.] flight to London to come here for this shoot and my tour. I knew it would be an amazing experience. But also . . . my nervous system."
The January issue of Cosmopolitan UK will be on sale from Dec. 5, and we can't wait to read this one.