Jonathan Knight reveals he faced ‘pressure’ to hide his sexuality
Jonathan Knight recently revealed that he was forced to hide his sexuality from the public as a member of New Kids on the Block. Knight married her longtime partner, Harley Rodriguez. The couple started dating in 2008 and got engaged in 2016.
The artist was a member of the 90s boy band NKOTB alongside Jordan Knight, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre. Knight was the first to leave the group in 1994, officially disbanding a few weeks later and reuniting in 2008.
Read on to learn more.
Jonathan Knight was forced to hide his sexuality
While Knight is currently enjoying wedded bliss with partner Rodriguez, it wasn’t always that way. The artist joined the latest episode Frosty tips podcast with Lance Bass, where he shed light on his experiences in the early years of his band. He said, “My manager knew I was gay.”
Knight further explained that her manager told her not to tell anyone about her sexuality because it could spell the death of her young career. He pulled me aside and said, “If anyone finds out, your career is over. The career of the New Kids is over. My career is over,” the artist recalled Page six. “There was just so much pressure.”
Knight continued, “Looking back, it was a lot of pressure for someone who’s just trying to figure out the world. As that went on, the stress built up and built up and built up.”
Jonathan Knight has never made an official announcement about his sexuality
Knight revealed that the pressure was so great for him that he constantly struggled with anxiety and felt like he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. When he finally came out as a gay man, it was a few years later, and not by accident. The artist revealed that an ex-boyfriend sold pictures of them to a news platform without his consent.
He recalled, “I had a friend who sold pictures of us to the National Enquirer.” Despite the tabloid reports, Knight did not make an official statement about his sexuality and just moved on with his life.
“I did not want. I was just living my life…I didn’t hide it,” said the former NKOTB member. But then it was like no, he has to make a statement. You need to clear the air. And that whole process was horrible.”
Jonathan Knight married Harley Rodriguez
After years together, Knight and longtime friend Rodriguez tied the knot in a secret ceremony. The artist revealed the news in an interview Fun tonight. During the conversation, Knight was asked about the wedding band on her finger, after which she confirmed her new marital status.
She said: “But everyone thought we were married so I never say yes or no because I don’t want to lie.” The ceremony was held during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the couple took each other’s last names, according to their Instagram bios.
Knight and Rodriguez first got engaged in 2016 after eight years together. They were reportedly on holiday in Africa with their families when Knight popped the question. during an episode The Sirius Jenny McCarthy Showthe singer said: ‘We were in Africa, our parents were there – our mothers were there too – and I just thought it was time to pop the question and make it official.’
“We were on the Zambezi River – it’s right above Victoria Falls,” he continued. – We dined on a night raft, just the four of us on the river; like a hippo was in the background. It was a supermoon. It was simply beautiful; it was so romantic.”
An ex-girlfriend kicked him out of National Television
In 2011, Knight’s ex-girlfriend and singing sensation wooed him on national television. Tiffany was invited to an episode of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” where she revealed that Knight is gay.
The singer ignorantly claimed that Knight became gay after their time together, but while they were dating they had a lot of fun and had “facials” together. When asked if he dated any of the NKOTB members, the artist said: “The quiet one, the shy one.”
The woman continued the lawsuit Notice board, “(Jonathan Knight) later came out gay. I didn’t do it. I had problems with this. I thought maybe it was. Looking back now, when we were dating, it was a lot of fun. We did facials together. He was so easy to talk to.”
The singer received a lot of backlash online for what she said on “WWHL,” but thankfully received some support from her ex, Knight, himself, who told her not to “fall asleep” over what she shared on the show.