New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight has made his first public comments about being gay in an emotional post on the group’s members-only blog. Knight, who was inadvertently outed by fellow ’80s pop star Tiffany in a recent interview, says he came out privately two decades ago and feels no need to comment further about it in public.
“I have never been outed by anyone but myself! I did so almost twenty years ago,” writes Knight in the post, titled “TO ALL MY FANS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN.” “I never knew 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!” Knight continues. “Apparently the pre requisite 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!”
In an interview with Bravo one week ago, Tiffany joked about dating Knight when the two were teen pop stars and later finding out he was gay. “Jonathan Knight, the quiet one, the shy one. He became gay later,” said Tiffany. When asked if she thought she had “turned” him gay, Tiffany said, “I had issues with that, I was thinking maybe I did. But 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 and he was fabulous.”
Tiffany later apologized to Knight for the slip on Twitter, writing, “Really didn’t know that was the wrong thing to say…Never meant to hurt Jon.” Knight replied, “”Tiff, please don’t lose any sleep over it!” he responded. “I know you weren’t being mean and I found it to be funny!”
In his note to fans, Knight repeats his intention to keep his private life outside of public scrutiny. “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!”