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NKOTB's Jonathan Knight Comes Out Publicly As Gay

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All thanks to Tiffany!

After she was on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live! and "outed" NKOTB's Jonathan Knight, Jon posted a statement on the band's official website assuring fans that he never hid his sexuality.

He writes:

"To all my fans who have expressed concern: I have never been outed by anyone but myself. 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. Apparently the prerequisite to being a gay public figure is to appear on the cover of a magazine with the caption, 'I am gay'.

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!"

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64 comments to “NKOTB's Jonathan Knight Comes Out Publicly As Gay”

  1. 1

    How could anyone who reads this site be surprised? You attempted to out him 2 years ago! And according to Jon, you were 18 years too late. Who cares if he's gay?

  2. 2

    if you don't talk to your loved ones about your private life…who do you talk to???? I think he was in denial/shame for a long time….his statement sounds very defensive but I think he is finally in a place to come out…not that it was our business. I think he was doing stuff on the down lo and is now ready to find a life partner.

  3. 3

    If only more gay people in the media were like this. There really is no need to come tap dancing out of the closet with a huge magazine deal, because then when you've made such a huge fuss out of the fact you are 'different' people are just going to treat you that way.

  4. 4


  5. 5

    Um, I don't know if anybody watched, but he came out a long time ago. In fact, it was on the "E! True Hollywood Story" about NKOTB.

  6. 6

    I think a lot of his fans were in denial , But it comes to no surprise its like when Ricky Martin came out . Everyone knew already

  7. 7

    Re: kathie! – i think he means they don't discuss their private lives with their loved ones with the public so he shouldn't be expected to talk about who he dates etc.

  8. 8

    Re: kathie! – I think what he meant by that was his band mates don't have to discuss their private lives (i.e. life with loved ones) with the world/public, so why should he…not that he doesn't discuss it with his loved ones/family.

  9. 9

    Re: blaakq – yeah, you explained it much better than I did. that's what I was trying to say.

  10. 10

    why would you even write this post
    knowing he came out himself 20 years ago
    i dont want to sound like im 16 again but.

  11. 11

    Not surpising at all. . .But waht is surprising is that Nick carter isn't out yet!

  12. uyeah says – reply to this


    Re: kathie! – That's not what he said - he said he doesn't talk about his loved ones to the press, nor do his bandmates. You also make a strange assumption that he was doing "stuff on the downlow." What's he supposed to do, rent a billboard? I'm sure he's had a partner by now, like or no.

  13. 13

    Seems how Perez is ignoring your birthday, Happy Birthday Adam Lambert :)

  14. 14

    Some of his blog wasn't posted by Perez! After he said about appearing on a magazine cover with a caption "I am gay", it read this:

    "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!"

    He wrote this blog to his fans! He's absolutely right when he said "If there ever has been any confusion about my sexuality, then you are someone that doesn't even know me!"

    Most fans (the ones that aren't naive) knew about his sexual preference, and know about his significant other. It's no surprise!

    Love you Jon! :)

  15. 15

    I have so much respect for his attitude about his sexuality. I personally don't care what anyone does in the privacy of their own bedrooms (or kitchens, bathrooms, living room floors, whatever) but i don't want to see it. and i mean anybody of any preference, i don't want to see it. if i wanted to see it i would watch porn. i also don't want to hear about it ad nauseam. again, this goes for everyone. if your entire life is about who you're uattracted to/having sex with, then that's sad, but keep it to yourself. it's one thing to live your life openly, but it's another to shove it in peoples' faces. i understand why perez constantly talks about being gay, and gay issues, he feels compelled to use his forum for advocacy, and i get it, and agree with his goals. but so many lgtbq folks alienate people with the "in-your-face" tactics and only hurt their cause. the type of statement jonathan knight made is simply perfect. he's not ashamed, but doesn't feel the need to "prove" his gayness any more than i have a need to "prove" my straightness.

  16. 16

    I WILL ALWAY LOVE JON KNIGHT even if he is gay


  17. 17

    Class act. Can't wait for NKOTBSB this summer!!!!!!

  18. 18

    There was never any question that he was gay and good for him living his life the way that he wants! Why does it have to be such a big deal weather or not someone is or isn't gay. It's no ones business but themselves. Pressuring people to come out is not fair to anyone!!!

  19. 19

    it's kind of sad that he had to do this. not that there is anything wrong with being gay, in my opinion, but the pressure celebs are under to confirm or deny things that should be private has to be immense and i feel bad for them. i think he handled his "announcement" with grace and good nature though, so kudos to you mr. knight!

    on another note, why is being gay something you have to confirm? no one ever comes out and says "i'm straight!"…i will be glad when it becomes a non issue.

  20. 20

    Re: uyeah – 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!"

    the above quote is from the horse's mouth…don't see media anywhere up there folks….think he keeps things very private…not even speaking to family about his homosexuality.

  21. 21

    I kind of knew that he was gay, but who cares. As long as he's happy with his life thats all that matters.

  22. 22

    Finally a celebrity who responds to these circumstances with some dignity! I love that he said, "Apparently the prerequisite to being a gay public figure is to appear on the cover of a magazine with the caption, 'I am gay'." Could not have been better said! The reason society can't accept gay people for the norm is because certain people have to parade their sexuality and make it a big deal. Straight people aren't declaring "I'M STRAIGHT" on magazine covers, why should gay people have to do it different?

  23. 23

    Re: kathie! – You can believe what you want, but a few people already told you exactly what it meant! It just depends how you're reading it, and you, my dear, are reading it incorrectly!

  24. 24

    Re: mariscos – Had your comment be "posted" I wouldn't have typed mine. It seems it takes forever for comments to appear on this site. Funny how they were back to back.

  25. 25

    Jon has always come off as the private type. If he's happy then his fans are/or should be happy for him. He's always seemed like a sweetheart (unlike Perez). I wish him the best.

  26. 26

    Re: kathie! – You really have misunderstood what that sentence means, and continuing to argue about it after you've been corrected is just making you look like an idiot. Notice the sentence earlier in the statement "I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay"…

  27. 27

    Re: jenb2003 – Well said. There is more to Jonathan than his sexuality. Go figure someone who doesn't feel the need to discuss his sex life in public.

  28. 28

    I thought he was out already! From like years ago!

  29. 29

    I agree with him. This was no secret. He acknowledged this years ago because it was well known he was guy and also never seemed to hide it. Also, is he suppose to routinely come out to remind people he is gay or those who are lazy to look into the past to see if he was? Come on. So he doesn't flaunt his home life either. He never lived a double life. There should not be a right nor wrong way to state or live gay. He doesn't need to do Out magazine, etc. Just let him live his life and be happy.

  30. 30

    He's funny!
    I thought when I was 12 it was public knowledge that he was gay. *shrug*

  31. 31

    Any true NKOTB fan would have already known this.. and who cares..He seems to have his act together and he's an amazing entertainer… =)

  32. 32

    I Agree With Him 100%
    There's No Need To Make A Big Show Out Of It!
    I Just Think That The People Who Really Need To Know That Is Your Family And Close Friends, And Then If You Want To Let Other People Know You Let Them Know When You Want To…

  33. 33

    Uuuuummm, am I the only one who remembers Perez outing him like a year or so ago?

  34. 34

    I guess this has been pretty common knowledge because when I saw the dust-up over what Tiffany said I was baffled. I've known this for a long time.

  35. 35

    Not surprise…Wish him the best.

  36. 36

    He looks and acts gay.

  37. 37

    Re: jenb2003 – Hey Jen, give us one example where an LGBT member was "in your face" with their sexuality.

  38. 38

    He hit the nail on the fucking head. He's gay, he's never hidden it, but he's also never had the need to be on the cover of a magazine. Just like I'm straight, I've never hidden it, and I don't feel the need to announce it on the cover of a magazine.
    If it's equality you're looking for Perez, perhaps you should just let gay people BE. There's more to a person than their sexuality, right???

  39. 39

    STILL with this tripe? I love how you keep using Tiffany as a scapegoat so people will forgot that YOU did all you could to out him years ago. Pathetic.

  40. 40

    my GF loves these guys! Mad respect for John. He's the man! I met the guys with my girl and they're a bunch of stand up dudes.

  41. 41

    Well, at least my gaydar does work a little. I clocked him 20 years ago as "the gay one."

  42. 42

    Saw him when they first came out as a group he was always shy. But, E did do a story with him coming out by telling his story. Tiffany had nothing to do with it. E did this about 3 years ago.

  43. 43

    I knew he was they gay one way back in 89 and I was like 3 no big deal. Good for him I'm glad he stud up for Tiffiney too.

  44. 44

    This just shows you don't write your blogs!…no wonder you say 'WE'…FRAUD

  45. 45

    he has been openly gay forever! This is weird!

  46. 46

    I love u Jon for who you are, not by your preferences in your love life, and more becouz you don´t made a show of this, or used for publicity.

  47. 47

    There's a shock


  48. 48

    Seriously…was this really a surprise to anybody? I knew that he was gay back in the late 80's when NKOTB first came out..it was completely obvious. Not sure why gay people feel the need to throw their sexuality out in the public arena but hey..whatever floats your boat.

  49. 49

    he came out decades ago… this is old news. It's just new news to people rediscovering NKOTB. Yeesh.

  50. 50

    Re: kathie! – how are you so dumb!?

  51. 51

    who is he anyways? I thought they died in a plane crash?

    New Kids On The Block were like the knock-off version of the Backstreet Boys but with worse songs and stylists. lol

  52. 52

    everyone knew he was gay years ago including you in your previous posts
    who ever writes this blog know needs to brush up on perez's older posts

  53. 53

    Re: kathie! – you're just not reading it right. and many have tried to explain. he's not saying he doesn't talk to his family, he's saying his bandmates doesn't discuss their loved ones so why should he discuss his loved ones (in other words his boyfriends) with anyone. sorry if you don't get that. i can see where your confusion is coming from though but read it again.

  54. 54

    *maybe* gay teens wouldn't commit suicide if they realized they don't have to come out and tell they world they are gay. since celebs and others feel this is the proper way to be gay, teens might think they have to tell everyone too. that's a lot of pressure. like someone already said on here in other words…be gay but be quite. and then you'll fit in a bit better. :)

  55. 55

    Re: mandylove – Well um…that's what his blog post said. SN: I hate it when people start their posts with "um". So fucking condescending!

  56. 56

    Who gives a RAT'S A$$ if you are happy he came out???? It's not your business, it's not ANYONE'S business and this crap that you keep trying to pull about outing people is ridiculous. So much for your "nice Perez" act you pulled a couple months ago. Just because you are out and open doesn't mean everyone is and doesn't mean everyone WANTS to be. And for the people who keep saying "the fans were in denial", did you miss the part where he came out YEARS ago? The fans clearly could not care less since we all knew.
    It's sad and pathetic that he had to do this because of people like Perez who just can't let it die…it's the same thing with Neil Patrick Harris…
    Perez…for someone who cares so much about gay rights you sure are setting the community back.

  57. 57

    Re: Brandon Hilton
    You're an idiot. NKOTB came before Backstreet Boys.

  58. 58

    why is an announcement necessary because he is gay? do all the other bandmembers have to make an announcement that they are straight? i dont understand what it is with the gay community that you have to get up in everybody's business. stay out of their kool-aid!!!

  59. 59

    The fans already knew, the only person harrassing him to make a big public annoucement was you.

  60. 60

    this is old news being recycled wtf….this is the second time he comes out

  61. 61

    Not surprised. Known about it for a few years now. He's a super nice guy, so I just want him to be happy. There are some who were jerks about it, but they don't deserve to be his fan. I haven't been keeping up with them lately, because of the whole nkotbsb thing. I hate bsb.

  62. 62

    Oh People, NKOTB came out years before BSB, get a clue! Jon has been openly gay for what seems like forever now, years before the E! story!

  63. 63

    Looking back on the New Kids thread - you've been the biggest dick head to this man for the longest time. The way you word this post as well - you come across as being smug - I really loved the blog, it's true about the magazine thing - good for him for laying low about it and getting on with his life. =)

  64. 64

    I think its ridiculous, nobody cares if Jon is gay….but if he thinks he has been out of the closet for 20 years he is kidding himself…be out and proud of who you are….