January 31st, 2011
10:19 AM ET
It's no surprise Jonathan Knight wasn't offended when fellow '80s teen idol Tiffany accidentally "outed" him during a recent TV appearance — the New Kids on the Block star says he was never in the closet to begin with.
Now, Knight's speaking out about his sexuality and revealing why he hasn't previously gone public.
“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!" Knight, 42, says in a message posted in the members-only section of the NKOTB blog.
"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!" he explains.
"If there ever has been any confusion about my sexuality, then you are someone that doesn’t even know me!" Knight adds. "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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