The National Enquirer outed New Kids on the Block’s Jonathan Knight in February 2009
(June 6) When 1980s teeny bopper star Tiffany outed New Kids on the Block’s Jonathan Knight on Bravo this past January, was anybody really surprised?
Tiffany revealed on Bravo that she’d had a relationship with Jonathan when they toured together some 20 years ago. “[He’s] the quiet one, the shy one,” Tiffany said. “[He] became gay later. 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.”
Tiffany later apologized for “outing” Jonathan, although The National Enquirer had first outed him in their pages back in February 2009. After Tiffany re-outed him, Jonathan Knight himself issued a statement nine days later on the NKOTB website, on Jan. 29 (although you’ll have to cough up $39.95 to access it yourself). Only fan club members can view the post, but Towleroad posted a screen capture.
“I have never been outed by anyone but myself!” Knight stated. “I did so almost twenty years ago. 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!”
NKOTB video for their song Please Don't Go Girl
Knight added, “My belief is that you live your life by example, not by a caption on a magazine! If there has ever been any confusion about my sexuality, then you are someone that doesn’t even know me!”
I guess that means millions of NKOTB fans had no idea who their idol really was. What a chump.