JONATHAN KNIGHT: “I have never been outed by anyone but myself!”
New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight has publically come out of the closet on his paid fan blog www.nkotb.com following recent reference to his homosexuality by fellow 80’s pop star (and ex-girlfriend) Tiffany.
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Pithy gay culture site Towleroad quotes the star’s Jan 27th post, wherein he writes to all his “fans who have expressed concern”:
“I have never been outed by anyone but myself! I did so almost twenty years ago. I never know that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB! I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay!”
Apparently the pre requiste to being a gay public figure is to appear on the cover of a magazine with the caption “I am gay”. I apologize for not doing so if this is what was expected!
“My belief is that you live your life by example, and not by a caption on a magazine! If there ever has been any confusion about my sexuality, then you are someone that doesn’t even know me!”
“I love living my life being open and honest, but at this time I choose not to discuss my private life any further! My fellow band members don’t discuss their private lives with their loved ones and I don’t feel that just because I am gay, I should have to discuss mine!”
Back in 2009, an ex-boyfriend of Knight’s told the National Enquirer that he had dated the boy band member. Knight, 42, is about to embark on a reunion tour with New Kids On the Block and fellow boy-band the Back Street Boys
For his gay fans, there is a certain nostalgic glee that Tiffany is the one to let the gay cat out the proverbial bag. During an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, “I Think We’re Alone Now” singer Tiffany dished that she and Jonathan dated back when she toured with the hugely popular group.
“[He] became gay later,” Tiffany said with a smile. “I didn’t do it. I had issues with that. I was thinking maybe I did. Now looking back when we were dating, he was so much fun. We used to do facials together. He was so easy to talk to.”
Tickets for the New Kids on the Block and Back Street Boys show at the Bell Centre June 7th (2011) are on sale now at http://centrebellmontreal.com