Jonathan Knight: I was never in the closet
January 31st, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Jonathan Knight: I was never in the closet

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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    Yes there should realize the opportunity to RSS commentary, quite simply, CMS is another on the blog.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mouth Organ

    Yea...he has always been giving out knob jobs. He started with his daddy.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. utah mattress

    let people be who they are.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. marlin

    The bible says a tree is known by its fruits do you get apples from a banana tree? Its called discernment not judging // also the bible says He that is spiritual judgeth ALL things yea even the deep things of God

    February 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. to all "christian know it alls"

    You guys sure are casting judgment and pointing fingers here. Maybe its time you dusted off your bible and read it for yourselves. Jesus didn't cast the stone.
    Why have you?

    February 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Neversawhimbefore!

    I Loved new kids on the block, but I don't even recognize him, and he's right....nunya...nunyabusiness.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. marlin

    It is natural that all spieces of the earth reproduce( man sticking it in man)=SIN

    February 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. marlin

    God loves all those who see their sin. Who understand they are unable of themselves 2 walk in the perfect way he requires. Who accept the righteousness of Jesus Christ. In adoration repent of their sins and take up their cross and follow HIM the rest will b given his Wrath bcause they did not turn from wickedness

    February 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gober

    even the quran says its a sin.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ted king

    Nobody cares about what this has been is going through

    February 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mandy B.

    Why is it news that someone is gay?

    February 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ampbreia

    I like him. He seems like a very real, honest, nice person. That's all that really matters. As long as he's not infringing on someone else's rights, he's just fine the way he is. What not so fine are judgemental holier-than-thou sorts who want to rake someone over the coals just for being honest about who they are. They need to mind their own business. If you want to be tolerated, then be tolerant.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dizzyd

    BTW, Britt and Noriega-u might be surprised yourselves on that day! Take heed lest ye fall. Hunnykins-God bless you! I wish there were more like u. (BTW, I'm not gay. Just a Christian tired of all the hate-mongers calling themselves Jesus's 'fan club'.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dizzyd

    ME 'CHRISTIAN'! ME LOOOVE RUNNING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES!

    February 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Alan Schmidt

    After seeing the nonsense on this blog and of CNN, should only the people with common sense should vote in elections!

    February 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. coolfashionguy

    Has anyone else noticed that it's coming out season in Hollywood? See who else is prancing out of the proverbial closet @imeanwhat http://bit.ly/eqPktJ

    February 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Name*Sherida

    I totally agree. I am a 31 yr old black female living in the south and I am gay. I feel that more people would admit they were gay if ridicule, harrasment and prejudice wasn't a factor. I never knew Johnathon was gay and if I knew years ago...I still wouldn't care. What u r shouldn't define you....it's Whob u are. BE BLESSED.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  19. she

    You crazy crackheads... none of u knew jesus and none of u even read aramaic so none of u know what the bible says..

    This story is about the freedom of a celebrity to live his life with out spilling all the gory details..

    I can't blame him since u people are going to throw the book at him..

    Why don't u leave your religous politics out of the conversation and talk about the real issue..

    Jonathan.. my god... you have got to do something about that hair!!

    February 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Chris

    He is absolutely right... Well said Jonathan!

    February 1, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  21. ADINOVI

    Hai there,adinovi come to your blog...visit,see,read and thank's for your great article

    February 1, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  22. lolag@gmail.com

    Good for you! Nobodies Biz but Yours!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. mad hater

    You're so hot Paris, I want to toot some lines out of your pooper

    February 1, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  24. Old School Fan

    "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!” Right there, he made as much ,if not more, of a statement about gay rights than anyone who has ever shouted their cause from a magazine cover. It's about choosing to live one's life on a day to day basis in a manner that is reflective of who someone is as a person – not about who can garner the most attention. Way to go Jonathan! My 17-year old self would have been heartbroken. Now, I find you an even more amazing man than ever! Much love!

    February 1, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  25. Rob

    Well said! You're awesome. Now let's move on.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  26. wide

    Hmmm, very interesting. I guess he has a mustache to hide the stretch marks. I thought he was previously married to a woman. Does he have any little sh!ts running around his house?

    February 1, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
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    I died as a babby aan they murderd my mom an clamed gov but for some reason they don't look that pro. Its blacks an whites. City An country an the

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  36. ntMc

    Stil playing on the computer did you know you're system just got up dated. An what you don't see

    February 1, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  37. ntMc

    Look at this look at this child sx ring

    February 1, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  38. ntMc

    R@pist

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  39. ntMc

    Child r@pist

    February 1, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  40. ntMc

    Child

    February 1, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  41. ntMc

    DID SOMEONE SAY SOME THING an every one is so perfict

    February 1, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  42. ntMc

    You have taken everything from me sr what more do you want. Sr you're child must die so we can go on with are perfect inacent lives

    February 1, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
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  44. Heather

    I read this story in a different article on Eonline news and they quoted the same thing Jon said and he was the one who used the exclamation points in what he originally typed so yes it was him. I thought it was a little much too and didn't get why. Interesting others think so too lol.

    February 1, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  45. paris hilton

    That is so hot! I want to hook up with him. Once we toot it up, he will become bi just like that! Sooo frickn hot! Booze it up! -Paris

    February 1, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  46. Sallie Mae

    You can't be gay without exclamation points. Good for him for keepin it classy!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  47. El Chico

    This is so gay.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  48. El Chico

    That's funny...I always thought they were the first all gay boy band. I think we all knew from their first album that they were all gay.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  49. PAM

    I LOVE my gay son and I love all the haters, show some love, there is enough hate in this world, who cares about who is gay, straight or anything else. Just except people for who they are and love them. The old testament was written for that time and the new testement was written as a guide for the future, it was written by man not GOD so who can really say what GOD thinks or says about anything

    February 1, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  50. Adam

    dude i just read about this at http://www.rainbowpages.ca Tiffany outed him LOL thats funny...how did those guys beat CNN to the punch? Must be the fact that they are a full LGBT site but who knows....

    February 1, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  51. Fonz01

    I thought it was Screech from "Saved By The Bell" that dude's probably gay too

    February 1, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  52. Britt

    We will see when the Lord comes back and it will be soon those of you who think it is ok to be gay and continue to live in sin I pray mercy upon your souls. For man shal not lay with man and woman shal not lay with woman read your Bibles idiots!

    February 1, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      The Bible says anyone divorcing and getting remarried commits adultery. There are FAR FAR more of such hypocritical Christians than gays.

      "read your Bibles idiots!"

      February 1, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  53. Fonz01

    Has-been celebs will say anything for some publicity. I don't know what's worse this gay story or that CNN thinks this is some important news with all the other problems in the world right now.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  54. FunnyFeelingCallItWhatYouWantLet'sTryItAgain!!!!!!!!!!

    I can't believe how lucky I am that this is true, but my friend OMGNoWayHeDoesn'tLijeTheBeav is devastated!

    !!!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  55. 80'sRawesome

    Aren't they all gay in NKOTB?

    February 1, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  56. Eli

    It's nobody's business. We gays love a great role model, but if he chose to be private all this time, that's his business. I have to wonder if he would have been okay going public during the time he was making lots of cash from adoring female fans. That seems against good ethics. Hoping Ellen DeGenerous leaves him alone.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  57. LadyL

    Um.... Okay this is not new news. NKOTB fan from the day.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  58. NOTSHOCKED

    @JDM
    SO YOU SAY EVERYONE MAKES A CHOICE ABOUT WHO THEY ARE IN LIFE...ARE YOU SAYING THAT PEOPLE WHO GROW UP BEING ABUSED IN A HOUSE HOLD CHOSE THAT FOR THEIR LIFE? YOU CANNOT CHOOSE WHO YOUR PAREN'TS ARE. SO DON'T SAY YOU MAKE THE CHOICE. YOU CAN'T CHOICE "EVERYTHING".

    January 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MeIAm

      Please come up with another false comparison! Comparing gayitude with being a victim of abuse from the deeds of another. You will have to try harder for an analogy.

      February 1, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      People have no more control over being born gay than being born right or left-handed.

      February 1, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • MeIAm

      It's a shame you know so little about biology and neuropsychology. Of all those who are gay, only rarely is someone born gay. The rest is usually a result of parenting and environment. I've seen the studies that the APA does not wish you to see. But let's continue to ignore the elephant in the room.

      February 1, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      It's a shame when someone knows so little about the disorder of delusion, like when someone claims they can read the minds of millions of gays and know they aren't telling the truth about their experiences.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • MeIAm

      It's a shame that you can only reply with a string of nonsensical phrasing and full of ignorance while trying to imitate my diction. I'm sorry you don't like cold, hard scientific fact. And it's also too bad you don't understand how political the issue is within the APA, more than an objective focus on unbiased science. Not liking the truth does not change the truth of the matter, and that truth is that being "born thay way only accounts for a minute number of the population who ar born that way.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Please tell us the mind-reading techniques you use to read the minds of gays and know what they really experienced in the lives as opposed to what they say. Also, please tell us about the day you decided to become a hetero and what went into your decision. You could also tell us about when you decided to be right or left-handed.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • MeIAm

      Please tell me if you are familiar with the term projection? Delusional? Mind reading? How about stop acting like a brat and putting words on my mouth? Please tell me whenpedophiles decided to be how they are, or are they just "born that way"? What aout serial killers? As I mentioned earlier, no more false comparisons. Have an understanding of neuropsych, cognitive psych, and analytical psych and biology and I will gladly continue this conversation with you. I was born hetero mainly because this is the natural way of males to be and also I didn't have the etiological environmental influences from my parents. And btw, I could easily become left handed with practice. Ask anyone who has lost their dominant hand. Just admit that you just don't like what I have said and move along. Oh, and good luck arguing with unpoliticized and unbiased science. Only fools think that any one thing is a result of a singular and solitary cause.

      February 1, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Anyone who has ever watched a young left-handed child being forced to write right-handed KNOWS that they have been pre-programmed that way. Pretending it's a simple matter of choice shows no understanding whatsoever. Same for mind-reading when gays say they have had such feelings since they were born and pretending you know different.

      Gays: "Orientation started at birth and hasn't changed"
      Heteros: "Orientation started at birth and hasn't changed. Gays are not telling the truth".

      February 1, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • MeIAm

      You clearly don't know a thing about neuropsychology or the psyche! Hahaha, watching a child have difficulty because he/she tries to unadeptly write with the other hand is proof that it's pre-programmed? Wow, what a way to overextended generalizations! Bay of course, not surprising since you claim ALL gays are born that way. Very naive. Fact – Writing is not innate with our species, it's a product of culture and learning. We naturallybegin to use one hand more than the other for various things and the more we do it, the more habitual it becomes. Just admit that you don't like what I'be said and move along. This area is my specialization and you are matched. Sorry if I sound arrogant, but this is the truth of the matter.

      February 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MeIAm

      You are "outmatched". Pardon, writing using a touch-screen that tries to auto-correct typos must not be pre-programmed within me.

      February 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Lisa

    This is something that most of his fans have already known for a while. I've been fortunate to meet him twice and he has a heart of gold.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  60. mad hater

    Nkymarine is a terrorist people, f-ing Osama is in our midst

    January 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Susan

    "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!”

    Why the exclamation? Why is he so angry? Sounds like he needs counseling

    January 31, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  62. david pasternak

    Not bigoted, but just upset that he's Gay. I kind of liked NKOTB when I was a kid. Now I don't ever want to see another performance. Gays should have all the rights in the world. It just sickens me to picture two men toegether however.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      "Not bigoted, but just upset that he's Gay. I kind of liked NKOTB when I was a kid. Now I don't ever want to see another performance"

      Wow! Talk about being in denial.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  63. mad hater

    "You have to face GOD yourself not me"?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  64. mad hater

    I think it goes "burn hollywood burn"

    January 31, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Grit

    !!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  66. nkymarine

    Always about religion.. Here is the Deal Nobody cares if you are GAY or a Terrorists..You have to face GOD yourself not me. If you believe in GOD what is the worst thing that can happen if he is not real.. NOTHING. BUT if you don't and he turns out to be REAL.. BURN BABY BURN.....I think I will stick with believing and try to follow the ten commandments the best I can.. I Promise that if you use the bible as just a guide you will be a better person..

    January 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Al

    Really. What's with the exclamation points? I don't get it...

    January 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  68. mad hater

    Anyone notice all the exclamation pizoints in dis article, that makes me want to convert to Gayism.

    January 31, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Name*ty

    Very good u have decided to make known.

    January 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Al

    I don't get the exclamation point thing.

    January 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  71. yeah!

    Good for him. Visit my site please http://www.youravon.com/latoyatate

    January 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  72. doodoo

    Wonder if thay ride the same bus together "THE GAY EXPRESS".

    January 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Bria

    Good for him! But this girl still thinks he is the hottest New Kid!

    January 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  74. jk

    HEY
    JDM are you for real?

    > God didn't create Gays, it's a choice just like everything else in life. Why do people have to say you made me this way, God made me this way...NO, everything we do in our lives is a choice we choose, so please Choose to go GROW UP....

    I gotta tell ya, you really have it figured out. I made the choice to be diabetic. I know all those newborns with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, down's syndrome, etc...ALL made the choice to be that way. Do you actually think be for you speak? Come out of your cave. The world is not as scary as you and yours make it out to be. Or better yet, keep preaching your foolishness. I always can use a good laugh. What a joke you are.

    January 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Lee

    Good for you...

    January 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Beef

    Wow that gay man loves exclaimation points. Gay!

    January 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  77. chuck

    I'd like to see Jesus do America's got talent,
    and settle this argument once and for all

    January 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Sheep Puddle

    Do you think he ever thought about how much he wanted nachos? mmm, nachos.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  79. mad hater

    I'm a post op tranimal, anyone wanna do me

    January 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  80. britt

    Mormon was just being sarcastic or silly making up religous passages. He was just being sarcastic or silly making fun of the ultra religous nut jobs. Please dont take it so seriously. K plus everyone. Good karma for everyone.

    January 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Junior Barnes

    For the record I'm a gay post-op transgender pedophile and NKOTB are and forever will be my favourite boy band. Why you ask?
    Because I like boys.

    January 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Josh

    Good points! But no need for so many exclamation points! You don't have to be so stereotypically dramatic! With a bunch of exclamations! Whoa!

    January 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Old School

    Umm, Jesus is real. I ain't mad at ya if you choose not to believe, but He exists.

    I think He's mature enough to handle any hostility/doubts/blame we may throw at Him from time to time. Dude is Creator of the universe so I doubt He feels threatened if someone wants to challenge His existence from time to time.

    And yes, He still loves YOU.

    Just sayin

    January 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  84. mad hater

    Interesting

    January 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  85. gober

    So what next people coming out from the closet telling that they're doing there animals. In the new age people say amen. This generation is disgusting. Absolutely no moral standard in this life. Today gay Tomorrow doing animals And then saying it's Okay you are mentally sick To molest kids because that's how God made you...

    January 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Brian

    I have no issue with Jonathan Knight being gay. (I'm gay myself; how could I?) But I DO have a problem with his over-use of exclamation points. I mean, really.

    January 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Kia

    Who cares!!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Myrtlebeachmohican

    And henry rollins is and vin diesel next will be narky mark and mc hammer. who cares,life goes on and on til the break of dawn. . . . dont push me cause im close to the edge!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Lmore

    just another butt poke* who cares?

    January 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Tim

    Blatant overuse of the exclamation point!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Cielo

    I want revenge.... Justin Bieber should come out too!! This generation deserve to taste the bitterness of truth!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Glen

    Yawn...

    January 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  93. mad hater

    I think if you're not from America where Jesus grew up and speak god's language English then you're gay

    January 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  94. seattlesnow

    Hmm a gay pop star, what next black men whom dates chubby white girls?

    January 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Mandy

    I love how these stories cause the religious boneheads to ooze from the wood work. Um god is not real. Move on. Your prejudice is personal and has nothing to do with 'religion'. American siociety today sickens me. Mandy, PDX

    January 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Nick

    This article needs more exclamation! I would even suggest the much more expressive triple exclamation!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Junior Barnes

    Hmmmmm, why is this news worthy? EVERYONE in the world has known he was gay since 1984. If you didnt know any of the boy band members are gay, you're either dead or dumb. OMG, does it make me gay for even reading the article?!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Dizzyd

    @Andrew – so, how're things goin' at Westboro Basketcase – whoops! I mean – Baptist Church? Picket any good funerals lately? Lol

    January 31, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  99. chimeardeuce

    Why do so many Americans feel like gays need to "out" themselves and live in any way but normal? Kudos to Jonathon for taking it in stride and not slapping his fans in the face with a big hand that leaves a print that says, "I am gay." I like what he said about living his life as an example – as we ALL should do!

    January 31, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  100. John Shepard N7

    Headline should read Ligbit trash idol comes out of closet. Yet another fruity flops itself out. Disgusting.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Umberlee

    Wow, he is quite fond of exclamation points!

    January 31, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Elizabeh

    I don't know why he even brought it up. It doesn't change my opinion of NKOTB. Joe was always my favorite anyways. Haha

    January 31, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  103. silva

    Thanks to Obama, it won't be left any real man in this world or in Hollywood.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Kreczk

    I had to google his name. Go back to putting your junk in someone's truck. Disgusting to be proud of such a life style.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Bluedog

    ....he said there just something missing in your thoooong, if your going date jk you got have a d..k in your hand, them pretty girls are hot but not for a gay boy band man.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Val Bond

    Celebrities coming out is like getting a tetanus shot. If you don't get a booster shot from time to time it wears off.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  107. truthinrock

    How sad he has to go through all this media scrutiny now. Just because a used up, hag, c#unt had to open her talentless mouth to further her own career as a TERRIBLE actress on low budget SyFy movies.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Yes

    He was in NKOTB. The shock would be if he wasn't putting his penis into another mans anus.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  109. IceT

    That was the best response to "being outed" I've ever read or heard of. Live openly like nobody cares and, hopefully, one day nobody will. He is more self aware than most people of any orientation.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Magda

    This news is years old! Two and a half years ago his boyfriend sold him out to the tabloids including pictures of them kissing. I don't know why this is making news now! Jon was always my favorite New Kid growing up, and he's the hottest one now!

    January 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Cielo

    I guess he's the New Gay on the Block...... Who's next??? Brad Pitt???

    January 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  112. ThinkAgain

    Why all the exclamation points?!? Was he yelling his responses?!? He looks awfully calm in the photo?!? Perhaps CNN has a problem with gays?!? You know, they're either flaming or raging!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Susan

    He did it so graciously and I'm really happy for him. He has my complete support.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Erin

    I don't care if he's gay. I do care that he uses the exclamation point so willy-nilly. Has the man never learned any other form of punctuation? This grammar queen is disappointed. *tongue in cheek*

    January 31, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Cielo

    Ok, my first impression was, Who's next? Brad Pitt????

    January 31, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  116. mad hater

    A lot of gay people are named David

    January 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  117. cynthia

    Cmon, is this really a shock to anybody??? I thought they were all gay back then, but REALLY...IS ANYONE SHOCKED BY THIS NEWS????

    January 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  118. metropolitan

    all those exclamation marks? totally gay.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Jeanette

    Good for him! I love what he said in his statement. As a gay public persona, he should not have to reveal or discuss any more or any less than a straight public persona. It is time that people get over it already.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Sam

    I thought they all were gay. Who cares its his business

    January 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Don

    I always thought his brother Jordan was gay too. Whatever. Good for him for coming out. One day we'll live in a world where being gay isn't any more an issue that having red hair or being left handed.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  122. MackG

    Boy, he really likes to use exclamation points! There was a Seinfeld episode about that!

    January 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Kyle

    Of course it's the ugly one.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  124. mad hater

    I think christians and gay people are weird

    January 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Claudia

    If a person isn't gay it shouldn't make any difference to them whose gay unless they themselves are struggling to be straight because there seems to be more hate and fear among men against gays than women.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Amazed!

    Wow, Jonathan (or Jonathan's publicist)! How about cutting back on the exclamation marks? You're going to have a heart attack!

    January 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Mr Frued

    Could the exclamation points be seen as a phallic symbol? He loves to use them in a sentence and gays love a phallus. Comments? Questions?

    January 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Andrew

    I hope he repents his sins. Ask Jesus for forgiveness before you get thrown into the lake of fire.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  129. George

    Love you, Jordan. You're hot, gay or straight.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Just Sayin

    Breaking News! Former NKOTB member has professed to being straight. Now that's a headline!!!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Daniel

    1) Yay. but
    2) He sure does love the eclaimation points! Every sentence he made had one! I am glad he is comfortable about discussing this! But for the love of buddha, stop with the exclaimations!

    January 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Bubba

    This is news? Must be a slow news day ... so, another peter puffer comes out of the closet, oh yea, he was never in the closet because there probably was no more room in there. Just one question, besides me, are there any guys out there who still like girls? Not judging ... just wondering. LOL!

    January 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Melissa

    I'd be alot more shocked if it was Jordan announcing he's gay. Jonathan, its not exactly a surprise.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  134. ehh

    I don't reckon the good Lord will send em to Hades for sleepin with a man....umhmmm

    January 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  135. jake

    Wow what a pretty man thank goodness he is gay Yea !!!

    January 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  136. FYur Yankee Blue Jeans

    who cares if you're hot dog wrestler, you salty butte pirate. go get 'em tiger! Chomp!!

    January 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Dk

    Just once I'd like to see someone that we DIDN'T know was gay to "come out".

    January 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Ammiesu

    WOW on all the exclamation points !

    January 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Travis

    just another person living his life. good for him :)

    January 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  140. rtmin

    Surprise surprise. Whatever

    January 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Kevin

    NEWS FLASH: Jonathan Knight is gay!
    Also in the news: The sun rises in the east; Sugar is sweet; Fire is hot; and Politicians tell lies;
    Anything else you want to tell us that everyone already knows?

    January 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  142. John Perkins

    You mean the other 4 are not gay?

    January 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Kevin

    So what if he's gay? I'm a straight christian who drinks, smokes, and swears, but you don't see me making any big announcements. He hasn't been relevant in about 20 years. Slow news day, eh?

    January 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  144. realist

    surprise! of course hes gay.....he likes that white stuff....baby....i knew when i was 10 and heard their music they were gay....kinda shocked they all havent come out about it. and thumbs up to the weak minded god freaks on using that story book called the bible to spread hate. comon 2012

    January 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Trin

    Jonathan? I always thought it was Jordan! (Maybe it still is!)

    http://securitypleeze.com celebrity entertainment blog

    January 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  146. jay

    All ive got to say is, WITH ALL THE MAYHEM IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW....

    WHO CARES ABOUT AN NKOTB MEMBER WHOS A PILLOW BITER????????!!!!!!!!! WHY IS THIS NEWS???

    THE WORLD IS FALLING APART PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Shannon

    I have a knack for choosing the one guy in boy bands who is gay to like. If my trend continues, I can totally tell you who will come out for the Backstreet Boys eventually.

    January 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Head Diva In Charge

    I do love that a gay celebrity brings out the "Jesus Freaks".
    I don't think this particular story was about what anyone THOUGHT of him being gay – it was about him being gay.

    Good for you Jon Knight! I am just glad to know my Gaydar has been on point since I was 10 (he was always my favorite).

    January 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Ed

    Wow, shocking...

    January 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  150. ambiguous duo

    Bend over mate'...me wants your bootie...don't move or I'll stick ya wit me sword...or better yet make ya suck me plank!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Sarah

    He uses way too many exclamation points!

    January 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  152. dalri

    orly? you know how i know you're gay? you punctuate every sentence with an exclamation point.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  153. ambiguous duo

    I thought they were all gay. Oh...Oh...Oh..oh..oh...the right stuff!

    January 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  154. margot707

    It's hard to tell if people are more upset by all the !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or the hate mongers disguised as good "Christians." For me it's the latter.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • hunnykins

      Thank you for putting the term "Christians" in parentheses. Hopefully it means you are separating those who claim it as an excuse to run others lives, from those of us who see it as a way to try to live OUR OWN lives. We do exist, you know. BTW, Christ never mentioned gays in the New Testament. People who claim they speak for Him regarding gays need to go back and do some reading. My favorite incident, though pathetic, was when I pointed that out to someone and they said "But yeah, He would have if He had known about them, because IT IS WRONG!!!"

      January 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Meh

    *cough*omo
    Tiffany is probably just butt-hurt that she was a lousy "musician" and this guy is butt-hurt and he just likes it

    January 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  156. fuyuko

    No big deal. But also not really surprising. There are lots of gays in the entertainment industry.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Valerie

    God he got old.

    I guess we all did!

    ; )

    January 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Concrete Johnson

    He is not GAY!! he just likes taking it up the azz. Stop lying boy band singer! We know your not gay!

    January 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • AREWESTILLTALKINGABOUTTHIS?

      Or perhaps he likes GIVING IT up the AZZ. Just as the hetero world, there are also pitchers and catchers.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  159. NKOTBMEMBERSAREALLGAY

    So gay dude here points out "I love living my life being open and honest, but at this time I choose not to discuss my private life any further!" with his little exclamation point happy self, if you're so open and honest why not discuss it now that it's out? Pretty sure that'd make you a liar since you're statement isn't completely true since you don't wanna discuss your private life any further, and I'm sure the world could've done without knowing that about you since your music died in the 90's, so go have fun on your sausagefest with Backstreet Girls or Nsync or whoever the hell NKOTB are touring with.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • AREWESTILLTALKINGABOUTTHIS?

      If we are to go by your caption, then are we to come to the conclusion that all heteros are illiterate? If not, please go back to school and ask your English teacher to help you correct that terribly, nonsensical, huge, run-on sentence you just posted.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swayz

      Do you talk to all your stuffed animals about all the goats you bang? He doesn't owe it to anyone to talk about his private life. He has been out of the spotlight for years and if he doesn't want to flaunt his relationships like all the Hollywood losers who switch partners daily just to make the news I say good for him. Have you asked yourself why you're so interested?? Perhaps there's a closet door in your mother's basement that you're hiding behind.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  160. mbaker18

    How depressing I always wanted to marry him.......should have known he always dressed so pretty boy like. Oh well doesn't make me hate him any less just glad that dream didn't come true obviously wouldn't have worked out.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Jesus

    Let's get this straight: I don't care if you guys are gay or what as long as you are good people. Also, wear your hair as long as you want. Tell 'em I said so.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • hunnykins

      Lol – it has been posulated that Jesus was in fact a short, stocky, dark skinned middle eaastern jew, and that the style of the day was for men to have short hair, and be clean shaven. It is also rumored Jesus has reddish hair. Yes, Jesus was a Jew who most likely looked like a Jew. Shocking, I know. The tall, blondish, white skinned, bearded man we see represented as Jesus was the creation of medieval artists who used white european males as models for religious art. White people could never relate to images of Jesus that didn't look like they did.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Semi-charmed

    Baba Booey

    January 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  163. leescott

    Why is it ok to make fun and say hurtful things about christians? Just wondering because half of the "so-called" bible thumpers are just stating there beliefs. I mean is it ok for someone to say hateful things to someone who is gay?...most will say no..its wrong.......now look at every comment that says something hurtful to christians? just plan ugly and sick. I read the comments of the christians...they are putting their belief out there with bible qoutes. Not gay bashing....like some people are with the christians.....I really think that the human race is going down hill and will never come up from it.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.Crobuzon

      Christians think it's cool to say horrible things about non-Christians, so it's always good for them to hand them back some of their own arrogance. After all, they are perfect images of god, right?

      January 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • hunnykins

      You have a very good point. People seem eager to criticize and bash other people, and they use their own beliefs as an excuse to do just that. Religions do that to each other, atheists do that to religion, and straights do that to gays using various reasons to justify it. I guess its human nature to need to believe our belief is the one true belief. Mine may be for me, but I know I have no right to tell others my truth has to be their truth. I am a Christian who gets bashed by Christians for not doing that. But I judge not, lest I be judged. I don't have to live anyone's life but mine.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • hunnykins

      @J.Crobuzon – No, I don't claim to be a perfect image of anyone or anything. I'm just myself, in all my imperfections. There are no perfect people, and anyone who tries to shove their own beliefs down anyone else's throat has a problem. And me, I have enough problems, that must be why I avoid having that particular problem. Using God or Christ as a reason to hate or persecute anyone is for cowardly bullies who are in denial of their own imperfections, and unable to face and address their own problems.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Lyn

    I'm not surprised at all. NKOTB was popular when I was in grades 7-9. Everyone I went to school with thought he was gay back then. It didn't really matter since most of the girls were all gaga over Joey and Donnie. I don't see what the big deal is.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Kim

    This is about as shocking as Lance Bass coming out. Most fans already figured he was but we still love him nonetheless. Can't wait for the NKOTB/BSB concert. Woo hoo!

    January 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  166. thumper

    Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:27; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10

    January 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Cymph

    Jonathan Knight really loves exclamation points!! However excited his writing may be he's right, his life should be his business and celebrities don't 'owe' us explainations about their private lives. Entertainers are not role models, they're simply that- entertainers. Judging whether or not you like someone on their orientation, personal life, background, etc. is quite closed minded.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  168. MIKEY

    What does NKOTB stand for anyway?

    January 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  169. 1jimmyhoffa

    WHO?

    January 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Roxanne

    God loves us all and He changes not. Sin is different from living and being. Sin is acting against the standards of God, we have all failed at this, but we cannot expect to live in Heaven if we continue in sin and reject the acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior. God created us to be fruitful and multiply, male seed and female egg. We need to realize this will never change, so please realize being anything other than what God created us to be is a rejection of Him, His commandments and His purpose. Rejecting God will not allow us to live eternally and peacefully in his Presence.

    If you don't care, I pray one day you will! but you have free choice to do anything you like in this world – it just comes with this very high price effect called consequence.

    No pressure, no judgement!

    January 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  171. mae

    You know not all christians are jugdemental or so hateful. I do get mad when someone is not allowed to state their opinion because "SOMEONE ELSE THINKS THEY ARE WRONG" . It amazes me that todays world view about equality and freedom is not ment for the christian or how I like to say a believer in Christ. I pray for those christains who hate and say un-Godly words to people who are God's children. Whether the christian person likes it or not....Gay men and women are God's children too...so IF I said hateful words to them then I am saying hateful words to my brothers and sisters. God Bless the wicked and God Bless the weak

    January 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  172. steeve-o

    One down... four to go.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  173. caliconor

    This is news? It might be surprising if any of them were straight. THAT would be news.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  174. patty

    What kings wrote about Christ! Name one.....

    January 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  175. James

    The only way that this affects me is that I get to see a bunch of intolerant idiots who don't understand the tenets, or even the premise, of their own religion "out" themselves. It's good to see you people finally come out of the closet and live your life openly as jerks and hypocrites.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  176. AMP

    This is off-topic, but what's up with ending every sentence in Knight's quotations with an exclamation point?! As I remember him from TV interviews, Jon Knight had/has a very softspoken public persona. The writer of this article is making him out to be overly emphatic or upset by overusing exclamation points. Poor journalism (if you can even call this journalism)!

    January 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      It's a direct quote from his post on a website, not the journalist's fault. He seems to be very excited about it all, I guess. Or he's just another person who misuses punctuation.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Bob

    DUH.

    You didn't need to tell us. We figured that out many years ago...

    January 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Andy

    I remember working in a gay nightclub in Providence, RI and Jonathan would come in just about every weekend from Boston. He was always very nice and would sometimes hang out with the staff after closing. This was about ten years ago. Was never an issue then nor is the headline relevant now- though its nice to have these neutral representatives within our communities.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Rob

    I don't care that he's gay at all. However, that "music" they made should warrant the death penalty!

    January 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Chris

    No Sh@%. :-)

    January 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Emma Jones

    **** I had the biggest crush on him, and I was sad to learn that he is gay. Having said that, how refreshiing it was to learn that he is indeed private and does not want to take advantage of the spotlight. I still think his adorable and I wish him well. I quess the big secret really is that if you dated tiffany you to would be gay too.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  182. tracy

    I'm curious – how did his fans already know if he didn't say it ? is it because the projects he chose to be assoicated with ? yeah only gay guys would care about teen gay bullying . Gimme a break. His fans made assumptions but he never made it clear to anyone – not that he had . In this day and age we can;t make assumptions.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Well let's see. . . there was the time he tweeted a pic of two guys on top of a wedding cake and said it would be appropriate for him. Or that other time he said his nieces were having their Barbies make out with his old NK action figure and he should have bought them Ken dolls. Or maybe his comments about having crushes on various male celebrities. Those were pretty big hints.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  183. britt

    You did good Mormon. Almost tricked me. These sounded like real religous quotes to me :) Happy Festivus.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Oregon Cheese

    II also think there may be a link between exclamation point usage and being gay – stay tuned.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  185. holier than thou

    Read Leviticus 1, Chapter 2, Jackson 5. Clearly says "thou is ok if a boy band guy is gay - in fact, I'd be surprised if he weren't".

    January 31, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • hunnykins

      Yes, its true, some people use religion as an excuse to feel superior and tell other people how they "should" live. But if it wasn't religion, they'd find another reason to boss other people around. Then there are people like me who consider my faith a "personal" choice. That means my choice about me and my life – not a choice about another person or people and their life. My favorite quote to end the holier than thou – ers "Judge not, lest you be judged." Instead of beating people over the head with the Bible, I prefer to open the Book, read it, and apply it to my life. Novel idea, I know, and I am beginning to think it makes me a minority, even among Christians. But judging all of us Christians because of those who mistakenly believe they are Christ Himself, please. We are not all like that.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Louisa Hood

    I used to have fantasies about Danny putting my hair in pig-tails. This makes me extremely upset :(

    January 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  187. hoosierdaddy

    give's 'hangin tough' a new meaning!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  188. bekky

    Who cares? and why does every gay person feel the need to make a public display of 'coming out'. Whoopie. I'm NOT gay....is there a big celebration for that???? No...that's called normal.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • some emo kid

      bek, the news isn't that he's gay but that he isn't angry at Tiff for outing him.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  189. cat

    i think she meant soddom and gomorrah.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Ze Fat Boy

    They all are gay. "Please don't go Girl" is a song about Joey's pet rabbit who ran away.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  191. walter

    I'm always confused by why celebrities feel it's important to "come out". Does anyone really care anymore? In this case, the man is over 40 – certainly the 80s fans couldn't care less.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  192. JC

    too many exclamation points...

    January 31, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Eric Nicolas

    Aren't all the NKOTB members gay?

    January 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Liz

    Jon is freaken awesome. Just go away those who are negative! True BH fans don't care!

    January 31, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Katie

    It currently isn't going to make me love the group or him any less. They deserve to have privates life too.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  196. GozieBoy

    Watch out, Jon, Katie Couric will be homing in on you like a laser beam!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  197. gar

    I like the comment someone posted on here about the Earth being only 6,000 years old... and we know the early Christians were riding their dinosaurs to Church every Sunday...

    January 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Yes I. Would

    OH NO! Say it ain't so, Jonathan! This is such a shock. I'm dumbfounded. How anyone in a boy band could be gay is incomprehensible. This may scar me for life, but probably not as bad as your rectum.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Republic

    "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, " (sodomy) 1 Corinthians 6:9

    January 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      The Bible also says that anyone divorcing and remarrying commits adultery. So why aren't you complaining about the FAR FAR greater number of Christians who commit adultery?

      January 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • gar

      How about those who think they are so righteous and so much better than everyone else? Do they have a special place in Heaven?

      January 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFLA

      Well, because they are Christians, of course. Hypocrisy is only natural and right!

      January 31, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I think you are assuming anyone on here gives a sh@%.

      January 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      hmmm...but Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is within us. and frankly, i'll take jc over paul any day of the week.

      January 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LJ

      @Republic the problem is you added (sodomy) that was never in that text. Have you really looked at the definition of sodomy? There can be many interpretations to that text which does not point to sodomy. It's the brainwashing of religion that makes some Christians think that is the one and only correct interpretation. This is why it's been debated and why many churches, pastors and other Christians have gone on record stating ho-mo-s3x-ual-ity is not a sin.

      January 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  200. brenda

    he uses a lot of exclamation points.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Bill

    How do we get from talking about J. Kinight's music and life to the Bible? Geeez people, let some of the air out already and calm down.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  203. bes

    Now this is a class act. Much love.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Regina

    I always thought that Jordan was the one that would've been gay. It doesn't bother me. NKOTB FOREVER!!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  205. trherths

    you guys have no life, i swear

    January 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Mormon

    you tell em david. i am a fat baldheaded dummy and i am straight. if pretty girls dont like me too bad for them. id rather have lots of vodka anyway.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  207. tricked

    He sings hetero songs appealing to women without ever showing his gay life. How is that living openly gay? He tricked and deceived his female fans.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorne

      well gollee, he shore nuff fooled me. he is one wicked deceiver isn't he?

      January 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deceived about what?

      Did his female fans believe he was singing *to them*? or that he would marry them someday? Or that if they tried hard enough they could get on his bus as one of his groupies and totally make out with him?

      January 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      The only NKOTB songs Jon sang were "Happy Birthday" and "White Christmas."

      Let's see:
      "Happy birthday to you. This is your day."
      "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas."

      Where's the deceit again?

      January 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Beebee

    why is this news?
    (1) being gay isn't news anymore. will and grace sort of broke the ice in 1998.
    (2) the person was famous in like 1990... OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO. I actually don't even know who this person is. was he famous? Maybe i'm too young.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Mormon

    i gotta type in caps. that is how the preacher guys talk. it makes it more realistic like. :)

    January 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Russell

    This man needs to change! He needs to correct his sin. Even God might not forgive him for using that many exclamation marks! Oh, he's gay? So what?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Mormon

    TOUCH YOUR KEYBOARD AND BE HEEEEEEEEEALED !

    January 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  212. gkq

    @ "You don't know his heart! Only GOD does!!!" and how do you know GOD exists?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Mormon

    i made up all of those religious quotes. they sounded pretty good huh? almost sounded real. i am not worried acuasen i am a mormom and we have magic pajamas. really really.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Jonathan

    Teenage girl: omgz i luv this band so much
    Teenage boy: you know they're gay right
    Teenage girl: shut up!! ur just mad cuz u cant dance and sing liek them!! they are totally not gay they r just good dancers
    Teenage boy: you'll see

    Every freaking boy band ever

    January 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      LOL,,dude, that was great and you are spot on. It's like listening to a five year old rant on and on and on and on.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  215. saywhaaaaaa?

    Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorne

      well yaaah. of course they did. look it up in Corinthians 4:11, or like , ask MORMON he'll tell ya.
      The real question is, were their belly buttons innies or outies.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Paul, Atlanta, GA

    An American Hero.
    Folks, we ain't nothing by ourselves.
    It is others that define us and we are all part of the fabric.
    We are all heroes!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Kamereon

    Wouldn't it be easier and a shorter list to report which boy band members aren't gay?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Mike

    Very well said! I feel exactly the same way and could've written every word of that myself! It's absured that being gay is even still an issue! Those who choose to make it an issue only shows their ingnorance!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Freddy Fingers

    You mean he is the only one?? I thought all of them were. Heh, go figure.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Ridge

    Gay, not gay... Who cares?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Mormon

    PSALMS 17 VERSE 2. WICKED BEITH THE MAN THAT LAYETH WITH MEN. FOR HE SHALT BURN IN THE FIERY PIT OF DAMMMNATION.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul, Atlanta, GA

      'xcuse me. Is there an extra "M" in your name???

      January 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • LJ

      What are you reading? I thought that verse was....

      Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  222. God

    New Children of The Block turning gay? Sign of the rapture. Get your house in order

    January 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  223. ssfbearman

    I am so sick of reading comments posted by the "Christeans," no matter where the comments are posted. You folks of the cross need work.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      They need work? So does your spelling. "Christeans" is spelled "Christians".

      January 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  224. LA2011

    I'm glad to see the fanatics on the religious right are still as intolerant and hateful as always. Kudos to you guys! Try focusing your attention on human crisises and tradjedies like war, poverty or disease. Those are the issues Christ, the New Covenant, would want us to deal with. "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth, blessed are the persecuted, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

    January 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  225. cxd207

    I heard he was gay years ago. Why is this news now?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUH

      Because this time it's coming right from the horses mouth - not through rumor. Read the article, genius.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Speedy

    I am not a gay guy, but I do applaud him for wanting to live a private life. Just because he is a public figure, it doesn't mean that every aspect of his life has to be as well. I am tired of yhe big deal the media feels like it has to make when somebody admits they're gay. It's 2011 – it's pretty common these days and doesn't need to be shouted from every mountaintop!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  227. drew

    Leave it to the bible thumpers to start arguements on here!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  228. spence

    Tiffany sang "I think We're Alone Now" to Knight, and she no longer wonders why he was most unresponsive.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Olderbutwiser

    My only objection is his apparent need to end almost every sentance with an exclamation point...

    January 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  230. JoeyMaz

    I am STUNNED. I will never listen to a New Kids album the same way again. If there was one group that was the total opposite of gay, it was New Kids.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bos

      Well you were obviously wrong, now weren't you...so ignorant.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • hono

      Hey Bos, I am pretty sure that he was being sacastic.

      January 31, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • David in Corpus

      Why are so many young peopel these days clueless about sarcasm? It is as plain as day and night peeps. Maybe it is an intelligence thing, or lack thereof as the case may be.

      January 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • David in Corpus

      Why are so many people from Corpus Christi incapable of spelling the word people correctly or proofreading their writing? I just don't get it. Someone should beat that David guy from Corpus or at least make fun of him for not being as bright as he thinks.

      January 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Mormon

    AS STATED IN CORINTHIANS BOOK 12 VERSE 7. WATCH NOTETH THE HEATHEN GAAAY FOR HE CORRUPTETH THE MIND AND WEAKEN THE SOUL. NEW KIDS SINGETH WORDS OF THE CLOVEN HOOF. BEWARE.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRealMacOy

      Do the Corinthians have an explanation for all the pedo priests ?

      ps- they make fiiiiine leather .

      pss- it appears that your capslock key is stuck .

      January 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  232. dee

    Jon you were and still are my favorite member of NKOTB. I support you 100%

    January 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Angelicvision

    Please read 1Corinthians 6:9.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Please read the three little pigs.
      A good moral story about making sure buildings are up to code, and far more relevant today.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • LJ

      You do realize that in Cor. that the word ho-mo-s3x-ual was added by a bias translator. The original text was talking about male pr-os-ti-tu-tion.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Timme62

    Whether he is or isn't is no one else's business.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  235. speedster

    As a teenage boy watching the original New Kids on the Block videos, my friends and I declared them all to be very gay back then.

    So this is no surprise.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • David in Corpus

      Not necessarily my dear friend. I caught alot of s**t for being on the cheerleading team when I was in high school. I didn't hang out with guys, only girls. I have the memories to prove it.
      You guys were not that bright back in school and that ain't my fault. Opportunity is the mother of getting laid. My motivation for cheerleading is alot like the motivation of boy banders who are not gay, getting lots of easy high quality azz often. Thank you very much!

      January 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Mormon

    I SAY UNTO YOU. REPENT OF THIS WICKEDNESS.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      And I say "bite me". And I say it in not all caps.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorne

      Are you practicing for a school play where you play the charlton heston part?
      Caps aren't necessary.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  237. CM Punk says

    I'm probably gonna go grocery shopping later! While I'm at the register! I'm going to see a magazine next to a picture of a crying! Taylor Swift that says HE'S GAY! Like it's the biggest deal in the world! It's not cause it doesn't and shouldn't affect us!
    Though one has to wonder when the inevitble happens and Justin Beiber comes out...

    January 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Beastyboy

    I love sheep.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Grumpster

    File this in the "we already knew" file and cc the "who cares" file.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  240. morgana

    Where'd all those exclamation points come from? Did he write that, or yell that, or is that just how this writer thinks you make an impact with punctuation? BTW, at the time the NKOTB were originally together, I swear I was shown a racy image from a gay publication that included one of its members(pre-band), so yeah, he's not kidding if you think this is news, you just hadn't heard yet, I don't even follow the band.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Mormon

    IT IS AN ABOMONATION AFOR MANKIND THAT MAN LIETH WITH MAN. GOAT LIETH WITH GOAT. SHEEP LIETH WITH SHEEP.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Tmber

    This! guy! uses! too! many! exclamation! points! He must be TERRIBLY excited all the time!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  243. melissa

    And we care why????? Its his buisness and I would much rather read about a more interesting topic than some middle aged gay singer.....come on CNN let the guy have his privacy and give us some real news!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  244. big_whoop

    Gay? Big deal. Just! stop! using! so! many! exclamation! points!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Mormon

    Lo I sayeth unto you. Behold the blasphemer who speaketh that men laying with men be justified. Corinthians 22 verse 4.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TCM

      Did you really copy that from the bible or just make that up? I think it's hilarious when people quote the bible. I cannot believe in a book that has been translated and changed hundreds of times over the past several centuries. Maybe what it really said was "Lo I sayeth unto you, behold the blasphemer who speaketh. Men laying with men be justified." The point is that you're putting your faith in something that your have been told is the truth, but you really have no idea. Do you believe everything in the media, too? Religion is a joke.

      January 31, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  246. james

    And this is news because.....? Of course, in Hollyweird if you say yu're gay the paparazzi leave you alone and no one ever knows who you're bangin. So maybe it's good to sho your mo in Califo.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  247. SDDDD

    He doesn't KISS like he's gay...

    January 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  248. kathryn brisart

    Punctuation abuse!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  249. CR

    Like the man said, why do we need to discuss our choices anymore than others do. It's the 21 century!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Caveman

    Well, at least he don't have to worry about getting anyone pregnant :)

    January 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Gail

    Guess we all missed the CNN media rule that if you don't "come out" and announce being gay you're hiding in a closet. He doesn't owe CNN or us a damn thing about his personal life.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  252. AndresWorstNightmare

    @nola78 you're comment makes the most sense thank you:-) and as far as too many exclamation points does it matter? You still it the point anyway and regardless how any of up feel on that matter doesn't change the fact that he views himself as as openly gay man and is happy with his lifestyle. Grow up!!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  253. YBP

    Is it really news that some celebrities are gay? Is it really news that they keep it to themselves to further their careers because the public in general is full of stupid bigots?

    January 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  254. rosa

    People this world need to live with an open mind. Being gay or straight is not what makes a person. Before judging some else people should stop and realize and judge there life. Jk good for u.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Ian

    He should use MORE exclamation points when he writes... geeze.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  256. jimmy

    The writer needs to learn proper placement for certain punctuation. This apprears to have written by a 7th grade journalist. Placing an exclamation point at the end of each sentence takes away from its meaning. Oh yeah, and writers subject is gay!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • heather

      Jonathan Knight is not a journalist. You should read more clearly.

      January 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  257. The RealMacOy

    Wonder if he ever hooked up with Lance Bass ?

    January 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Duke N. Pants

    A singer/movie star not wanting to sound the horn about being gay?? What is our world coming to?

    January 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Name*melinda

    At least he's no under cover like alot men do.Get married to women to try to hide they secret . I give him all the respect more gay men need be like him come out in the open.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Robert

    I hope you realize Johnathan that you are kind of expected to come out if your a celebrity. I know you want your privacy, but that issue is different. Besides, now is your chance to be famous again!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  261. the_dude

    dude scot bayo looks good for a 65 year old

    January 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  262. schutta

    Uh oh

    Where,s lance??

    Is that the right band?

    January 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  263. manicdrummer

    OK, this many celebrities coming out at a time is just too unbelievable! But I guess it's less regrettable down the road than a substance abuse problem. I guess if I were rich and famous and I get a parking ticket, I could try to weasel my way out of it by claiming I'm a lesbian. Not that the judge will knock a few bucks off the fine or anything, but hey, you never know!

    January 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Kathy

    I agree that in this new century being gay is a non-issue. Also, the only ones who care are record companies who want to sell to teen girls primarily. Let's leave God, including Jesus, out of this discussion. God doesn't hate, people do.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  265. RK

    Isn't if funny (not in this case since he's been open) that people like Ricky Martin, Lance Bass, et al, say "I'm gay"! and the rest of us are wondering what too THEM so long to figure it out....

    January 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • David in Corpus

      More proof to females that if the guy is too well mannered, dressed, groomed, spoken, moneyed, etc. etc., then he is gay. I love it. Remember ladies us straight guys are jerks, cheaters, liars, sloppily dressed, with dirty nails and filthy minds because, well..... we are straight. If you want a straight guy we will be at the back of the bar playing pool, staring at the underage girl bending over and wondering how hot it would be to see her french kiss her mom over at the bar.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  266. GC-NYC

    There was some broadway actor, David Hyde Pierce or Nathan Lane that said 'My life is an open book but I'm not going to read it to you.'

    January 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  267. eepah

    Love you Jon, always have, and so damn proud, but honey... too many exclamation points are just as bad as all caps.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  268. lucy fuhr

    he's fabulously haging tough

    January 31, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  269. stevomac13

    I wish i was gay so that I could be in a boy band when I am 40.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  270. joe

    How is this news? Who didn't know he was gay?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  271. Old Kid

    He sure enjoys his exclamation marks. My goodness.....

    January 31, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  272. Michael

    Could you use more explanation points!!!!! Damn, go back to journalism school. It looks like a 7th grader wrote this article.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  273. Tony

    When will Jesus finally come out of the closet?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Quinton

      BAHAHAHAHA!! OMG, did you see that Family Guy episode where Stewie catches Jesus washing in the basin and Jesus starts slowly and seductively rinsing the soap off his body...HILARIOUS!!!

      January 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • hunnykins

      I think the whole point is that Jesus was God born as man, therefor He didn't think with His smaller head. BTW, Jesus Himself never said one word regarding gays. Any Christian who is so eager to judge another and tell them how to live should rein it in, and try using their own values to run their own life. True. I am a Christian for my benefit, not anyone elses. If anyone had a question, I would try to answer it, but considering the Bible has been around for ages, it's not like its news to anyone. Jesus told people they need to get the log out their own eye before they tell someone else to get the splinter out of theirs. So Jesus' advice to Christians regarding judging others was "Back off!!! Zip it!" People who "cherry pick" quotes from the Bible to make points for or against anything need to learn to read – preferrably silently, and to themselves.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Bob

    @ Midwest Man: We can't ask Jesus if it's a non-issue. The main reason we can't ask Jesus if it's a non-issue is because Jesus has been dead for 2,000 years. You can't ask dead people questions. Because they're dead. Now, if you'd like to ask a live, real person a question, you can, but you cannot ask dead people questions because they're dead. They do not have the capacity to hear, understand, or speak. Just wanted to clarify.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  275. JR

    Be a shame if this keeps him out of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  276. SchnitzenGoobers

    He has been gay for years...this isnt news.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • AREWESTILLTALKINGABOUTTHIS

      I'm going to go out on a limb here and say, he's been gay all of his life.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Hailey

    Being gay necessitates ending every sentence in an exclamation point!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  278. Snoopdog

    In other late breaking, shocking news there was an escalator outage on the Washington, DC Metro Rail today!!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  279. Lesbie Friends

    I wish I was a man so I could jump his furious warhead !

    January 31, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  280. Robert

    It's great you came out to the public! This is what the gay people of the world need! I also want to say it doesn't really sound like you were out before because it was a different world. The world is now at a point where coming out is completely chill.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • kdw31

      I think you missed his point entirely. He has been living as an openly gay man for years. He was saying that he didn't feel the need to announce it in a public release. And why should he. Does every actor/performer who is straight go to the celebrity magazines to announce to the world what their preferences are? No. A clear sign that we have moved past intolerance of gays is when those who are famous can do as Knight has done. Which is live his life as an openly gay man without feeling it is necessary to make a news conference about it.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  281. Deena

    I about died laughing to see this one the front page of CNN this AM, as a fan of these guys this is something the majority of us already knew. Jon is a great guy, and should be known more for speaking out about bullying, The Trevor Project, and the other issues he likes to help out.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  282. what

    I wonder if she could tell during s@x.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  283. sunless

    who cares... get that http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    January 31, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  284. Karen Neff

    He didn't write the piece, folks. The exclamation points were put in by mark Marino of CNN. If anything is going to be questioned let it be Marino's journalistic credential.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • kdw31

      While it is true that the journalist would have added the punctuation to a verbal quote, that is not the case here. The article clearly stated that this was a message he left on a members only blog. Thus it is the punctuation that Knight wrote himself.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  285. Raquel

    I have such a soft spot in my heart for these guys, they were such a part of my youth :) I'm so happy to see Jonathan so content with his life, I wish him all the continued happiness in the world!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Feeniegal

      So do I. I hope to see the new tour with BSB (yep, love them too)

      January 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  286. JR

    Bad singer and gay!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  287. Malibu1369

    Well, where are all the religious bigots when you expect (not need!!!) them? !!!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  288. Thedude123

    I said it all along, "NKOTB's music is so gay."

    January 31, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Ah, but the real prophet here was Eminem. He had that one line a decade ago in his song that was:

      "New Kids on the Block suck a lotta d***".

      Who knew that Marshall Mathers would prove so insightful... Who knows, maybe Jonathan prefers nice-nice.

      January 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Fred

    And in other news oranges are orange in color.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  290. BullHorn

    Now the rest of them just need to come out and everything will be out in the open. lotstoclick.blogspot.com

    January 31, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  291. Master_Kush

    This story must be for those who care if he's gay or not....

    January 31, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  292. Pointless1

    Finally someone who is gay who doesn't have to define themselves because they are.... YAY!!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  293. Steve

    Exclamation points are awesome.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • wally

      I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 31, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Quinton

      WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Run4DaHills

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!yup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Mark

    OMG, I am burning all my casette tapes and pillows I had of them. I need to run to church now.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Take this elsewhere. If it was a joke, it wasn't funny. If its not a joke, I feel bad for you.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • ryansdirtytrailer

      Jesus is going to be sooooo angry.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ck8

      @ Melissa... Calm down! You are going to have a heart attack! And that would be too bad b/c we need people like you to make people like Me and MArk over there feel bad about having a good time! Life is not a joke and it takes people like you to remind me of that day after day after day.... so thanks you, and remember to watch that blood pressure!

      January 31, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • a celebrity is gay! everybody panic!

      hahaha awesome. don't forget to say a prayer "for his soul"

      January 31, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • TheRealMacOy

      Don't let the closet door hit you on the way out .

      January 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quinton

      @ ryansdirtytrailer – Big Jesus or baby jesus? LOL

      January 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Mark, there is something to say about you if you have their cassettes and pillows!!! And you judge him for being gay? LOL

      January 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • geoz

      That's the funny thing about jokes. You don't get to decide what is funny to me (Melissa). IT was hilarious!

      January 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @Melissa -

      It was a joke and it was funny. At least for people who don't have sticks permanently lodged in their rectum. The only thing worse than these God-awful Jesusfreak whackjobs are the overly-tender no-joke-about-gays-is-funny garbage. Gays joke all the time about the religious community's disapproval of their lifestyle and it's funny. Ha. Ha. End of day, Jesus is still somehow more concerned with a–holes like the Westboro Baptist Church than if one man tickles another one.

      In the Biblical sense.

      January 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noriega

      repent, ye sinner!

      February 1, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  295. TXBlockHead

    This makes no difference to the faithful fans and really shouldn't be a topic for CNN. I don't see other public figures having to justify their being "Straight", why should a gay personality do so? Live life open and honest. Who cares what everyone else thinks. JK, you're amazing thru and thru and you've said your piece. Next subject please!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  296. Phyve10

    No need to out himself when he uses all those exclamation points!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  297. ssk

    Was never a fan and don't remember much about them but I do remember that people had only nice things to say about him. Shouldn't that be all we need?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • zhafire

      I agree... I don't know why the fuss about him being gay or not. I always thought he was the most down to earth of the group!

      January 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  298. i love

    Why did he use so damn many exclamation points?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • haha

      lol i wondered the same thing, must be the gayness.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Feeniegal

      Why blame him for the exclamation points? He did not type this article.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter V.

      The writer used the exclamation points, not the speaker. Nowadays everybody seems to rely on exclamation points to show happiness in what they write and not appear angry. My guess is the writer wanted to show that Jon was happy and that his words were not angry ones. Moreover, celebrity mags and websites OD on exclamation points. Everything they communicate is...simply...breathless....and....so....OMG!!!!!! Please don't blame Jon for that.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • otterfrog

      Yes! The exclamation points bothered me much more than the content of the statement.

      January 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ribblefizz

      Feeniegal and Peter: The parts in quotes are what "Knight, 42, says in a message posted in the members-only section of the NKOTB blog." (Last sentence in third paragraph.) This means he wrote it, exclamation marks and all. Since he is not the one writing THIS article, his words (whether they were originally spoken or written) are represented in quotation marks. The exclamation marks are his, and the quotation marks indicate that.

      Although Peter has a point - that some of the tabloids tend to use exclamation marks to try to convey a sense of giddiness to the reader - he's completely dead-in-the-water wrong about them not being Knight's.

      And I wondered the same thing – the only sentence of Knight's that doesn't have an exclamation point is the one where he's quoting an imaginary tabloid headline. (Which is a bit ironic...)

      January 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  299. kat

    Right on brotha!! Btw, I'm not gay.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  300. Tina

    It's a non-issue for me. His brother is a complete jerkwad and that bothers me more than hearing that Jon is gay. I'm happy he's living his life and is happy and successful. I didn't know he was gay and wouldn't have cared one whit even if I did.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  301. keith

    Justin Bieber is next....

    January 31, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Bentley

      Lol

      January 31, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnjon

      "Come out, come out, wherever you are........................."

      January 31, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • The RealMacOy

      Gayby , gayby , gayby ...oooooooo... gayby , gayby, gayby...

      January 31, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chapstik Lez

      WHATEVER – he is so pretty in the face I am waiting on him to tell me he is actually a SHE. Do you know how many Lesbians will be all over that! I love his little smile, makes me want to be a 15 year old gay boy/straight girl to justify why I think he is so CUTE!!

      February 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  302. SeattleAaron

    I hope I look as good when I'm 42!

    January 31, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Fullbag

      He can keep it. I am days away from 41, and I don't have one wrinkle he has about the eyes.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Quite the Bag-Full

      Good for you, pal – he's also out living life as a star while you're writing on a comment board.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      @Fullbag Thanks for giving us information we didn't need. I'm sure you and your wrinkle free face will be very happy.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Hey Fullbag.....You can only get those lines if you smile and laugh and actually enjoy life.....You miserable prikk....Your miserable expressionless face will be looking youthful for years to come.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Mrs. Bee

    Good for him. It should be a non issue in this day and age. I was surprised when I read it, but it certainly doesn't tarnish those memories I had from my "tween" years.

    January 31, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat10024

      like you know him personally.... midwest.....

      January 31, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Sirena

      @midwest
      Jesus never said anything related to gay issues...

      January 31, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • TH

      @ Midwest: I asked him. He said he's cool with it. He seems to have this thing about loving everybody. He did seem to be bothered by people putting themselves in the judgment seat though...

      January 31, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • RH of WI

      Midwestman ~ Ask Jesus who created gays?

      January 31, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Darlene

      It depends on which Jesus you are referring to. If you are referring to the Jesus who preached love, tolerance, and acceptance (such as parable of let he cast the first stone), then that Jesus would have no issues with a gay/lesbian man or woman. If you're speaking of the Jesus of today's intolerant religious establishiments (btw, I'm a Christian) who judge everyone and use HIS name to justify doing so, then no.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sirena

      Very christian of you cookie <3. Good to see that God and Jesus are still all about love.
      BTW, man wrote the bible, and translated it in to other languages. There is a controversy that abomination simply means not traditional.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      It was such a non issue to Jesus that he never ever mentioned it. If it was a problem, I'm sure he would have mentioned it

      January 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • nola78

      @Cookie Monster- As a Christian, I don't appreciate representatives full of hate and judgement speaking on behalf of God. You need to go back and read the bible. Your only job as a Christian is to accept and forgive people, not to judge. I think you've missed the point. You have no right to judge anyone. To think you do is blasphemous. You give good Christians a bad name. Shame on you.

      January 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • hell yea

      i agree completly!
      I saw them a few years ago and i was still just as excited, how could i not be after waiting 20 years! I did want to marry John at one point. guess that wont be happening... lol

      January 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fatty

      I thought they all were.

      January 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRealMacOy

      Cookie Monster

      @Sirena – No D*mb A*S, But God did!!!!!
      ====================

      I'll take the word of people who think they can hear imaginary sky-fairies for what it's worth ...

      January 31, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • rw

      1. It still floors me that folks are still fascinated with someone who declares/choices to be "Gay."
      2. For those Gay pop stars that are now coming out, after they deceived their female listening public, you denied your orientation, out of selfish and greed. I am not hating, because they are not the first or the last that will do it. I reject anyone’s claim that society made them deny/lie to the public. Can u image the countless gays and lesbians that are simply looking for role models, and not entertainers.
      3. For those that invoke Jesus or God. To the extremist and liberal interpreter of the scripture. Please consider the Holy Scriptures in its full authority. The role of Christians is to love our Lord with all of our heart, and the second command is to love ALL others. We r to pray that ALL r reconciled with God before our final judgment before his throne. I leave it up to God in his judgment and righteousness to judge me, and my brothers or sisters. One of my responsibilities is to pray for the lost, and spread the Gospel.

      January 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brotherboy

      Hey Cookie, you must know by now that the bible is only a comic book. (By the way, have you stoned any divorced people lately? How about disobedient children. Please stop picking and choosing convenient pieces from the comic book!)

      January 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • trainwreck

      i like the way he handled this as "who cares"...what would be really interesting is for a male country singer to come out of the closet as gay, since im sures theres a few out there...and to the suposed Christians, unless youre eating Kosher, not shaving and not wearing blended fabrics, you cant really say much about this issue. the original restrictions on gays were actuallly based on rituals of other religions. Remember Jesus is the foundation for Christianity and he taught love and understanding of people, and didnt mention gays

      January 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      ' Would you tolerate being the victim of a crime? In fact, would you congratulate or encourage the perpertrator of a crime? I didn't think so'
      Actually Willie I think you would find plenty of people cheering on a criminal if they were doing something like cheating on their taxes or anything else that 'stuck it to the man'
      As for intolerant and getting some standards. I guess it all depends on whether those standards are affecting other people or not but to equate accepting gay with agreeing with crime is a bit silly even as an example.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Yes, a lot of you would love to shroud the truth of the matter in controversy, evidently because you have never read the Bible, or don't believe it. That's your choice. But if you claim to follow the Bible, and believe that Jesus was the Son of God, then you will have to accept what he said about how 'God created them from the beginning, male and female, and that a man would leave his father and mother and stick to his wife'......not his/her significant other. Even your own conscience tells you that it's unnatural, but you can choose to ignore it.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • tenavis

      @Willie:

      Your argument is weak, at best. In fact, its a pretty elementary one (I would expect something similar from a second grade intellect).

      You are not a victim of any crime in this case. No one is harming you, or hurting you. To argue that advocating for human rights (gay rights, in this case) makes us inconsistent is, well, pathetic.

      Now, if you feel that someone is being victimized in this process, THEN you might have an argument.

      January 31, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Even your own conscience tells you that it's unnatural, but you can choose to ignore it.'
      Practically everything mankind does is unnatural...wearing clothes is not natural, anything manmade that involves processing of somekind is unnatural. Heck even cooking meat can be considered unnatural.
      But I'm going to guess you ignore those unnaturals.

      January 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Actually Mixmatch, there is undeniable physical proof that Christ existed. There are actual writings from Kings that have written about Christ for starters. Try doing some reading on the subject before making ignorant comments about things you know nothing about.

      January 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFLA

      Willie,
      How silly.
      Your argument is inane. If we do not tolerate crime then why do we tolerate anything? I'll bite. I find Christians obnoxious. I've always tolerated them in the name of fairness. However, by your argument that would make me a hypocrite.
      Your whole argument is that tolerance itself is bad. Have YOU read your bible?

      January 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFLA

      Joe,
      I would assume then that those who never marry are equally wrong in the eyes of Jesus. What about divorce? I think he had something to say about that, didn't he?

      January 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Go to "gotquestions DOT org" for great answers and questions on this subject.

      January 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Notabigdeal

      Why is this a big deal? It shouldn't be!

      You don't see straight people going down the street shouting–Hey, I'm straight! If someone is gay, why should they be required to do so? Just live life. Be yourself. No need to draw attention to your own life if you're too busy living it.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skinny

      To "Fatty"...LOL! My husband's nickname is "Fatty" and you have the same sense of humor. What are the odds of 2 guys named Fatty being funny. Ok...sorry not related.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I'm surprised the rest of them have been able to go this long w/o coming out as well. Come on now ladies. They're all gay.

      January 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disproportionate attention seekers

      2% of the pop. is gay (according to surveys). So WHY must we be subjected to them and their whining so often in the media?

      January 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frannie

      Yeah, it's a nonissue in this day and age and glad to see most of the positive responses. But, I guess people feel the need to hate someone – if it's not gay people then I guess they will have to turn on the people that like vanilla ice cream! It's about the same thing.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilyfem

      Figures that the one I had a crush on when I was a tween was the gay one :P

      January 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coz

      Are you kidding me, my teen years were tarnished just for the fact that this "band", I'm sorry "group" existed. I as many others in this world will forever be haunted by this crap!

      January 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Harris

      Maybe Egypt will calm down now

      January 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • NKOTB Revelation

      Quite frankly I am shocked – I thought the whole group was gay.

      January 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDM

      @RH of WI: God didn't create Gays, it's a choice just like everything else in life. Why do people have to say you made me this way, God made me this way...NO, everything we do in our lives is a choice we choose, so please Choose to go GROW UP....

      January 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldgay, uh, GUY

      certainly NOW is the perfect opportunity to appear on a magazine cover with the caption 'I am gay'...

      January 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim o'rourke

      Who cares? Straight- Gay- Bi, what does it matter? We are what we are. As long as we are alright with ourselves, so be it.and let's get on with more importsant things.

      January 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen Quagmire

      I called this years ago.

      January 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffegator

      This about as shocking as the village people being gay.

      February 1, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  304. mikemazzla

    what are you 12?

    January 31, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  305. FunGuy

    You don't know his heart! Only GOD does!!! Do DON'T JUDGE LEST YOU BE JUDGED!!! Oh and by the way I'm sure God LOVES your profile name "NAKED4FUN" you hypocrit

    January 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Quinton

    Unfortunately the party in hell has been postponed due to fire...check back later for further details...

    January 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  307. TheRealMacOy

    Sorry , but there's a no vacancy sign on hell's gates ... pedophile priest convention .

    January 31, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  308. TheRealMacOy

    buttcoitus ? Explains the muddy helmet .

    January 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Name*melinda

    Are you 12

    January 31, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  310. David in Corpus

    someday..... soon.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  311. jay

    Whoa! Nice come back! LOL

    January 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Iggy

    Shine my knob ya LOSER!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |

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