As we mentioned yesterday, New Kids On The Block-er Donnie Wahlberg raised some eyebrows with a quote he gave about boy bands and closeted NKOTB member Jonathan Knight.
In a newspaper interview, Wahlberg had said, "You could look at a group like 'NSync and go, 'Oh my gosh, Lance Bass is the Jon Knight, Justin Timberlake is the Joe McIntyre, JC Chasez is the Jordan Knight'–you could go right down the line.
But Walhberg now feels he has to defend what he said - making it clear that he didn't mean to 'out' Knight.
Donnie claims that comparing Jon to Lance Bass wasn't a comparison to his homosexuality. Although a lot of people already know of Knight's gayness and even know that he has a boyfriend.
In a new interview, Donnie says, “That was an . . . out-of-context manipulation of my answer. I was referring to ’N Sync’s management trying to copy us - Joe the cute young Justin type, Jordan the dark and handsome JC type; Jon the shy and quiet Lance type.”
He clarified that it was just a “shy/quiet reference. Not a gay reference.”
Shy/quiet = gay?
Donnie added, “The point was that they built that group to look like us and we were not built to look like anyone. Jon is my good friend. I wouldn’t backhand him.”
Ok, so he clearly didn't out him. But why won't Jon just come out?
Lance finally did and it didn't hurt his career. It actually helped it!
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