Surprisingly, that wasn't the case at all, thanks to his dad who gave him nothing but praise for the shirtless shoot.
"I sent the pictures to my parents actually right after I did the shoot for Flaunt magazine, which is actually a tribute to Mark Wahlberg; his iconic shoot in the '90s," he told E! News. "My dad responded and was like, 'You know you get that from me, right?' So he was actually really proud." Best. Response. Ever.
In the steamy spread, Nick drops trou and grabs his crotch in a pair of white boxers. And – to our surprise (and delight) - that was just the beginning. He posed in another pantless shot, rocking an Obsession sweater and briefs, and in another, he showed off his chiseled abs and pulled his jeans down really low.
Although Nick kept his shirt on for the American Music Awards red carpet, he still made us swoon, looking dapper in a pin-striped Armani suit. The Kingdom star looked so good that we couldn't help but put him on our AMAs best dressed list.
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Gallery | 2014 AMAs: Best and Worst Dressed