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Happy 47th birthday to Jonathan Knight!

During the height of his fame as a member of the band New Kids on the Block, Jonathan Knight was not open with the public about his being gay.

But he sure is now.

Jonathan competed on the  CBS reality competition Amazing Race earlier this year with his partner of eight years, Harley Rodriguez. The pair placed ninth.

From 1984 until 1994, Knight was a member of New Kids on the Block who went on to sell over 80 million albums worldwide before he left the band during the tour for their 1994 album Face the Music. It was later revealed that he suffered from panic attacks.

It was not until 2008 that he returned to showbiz and reunited with the band. They released their seventh album (and first in 14 years), The Block, on September 2, 2008.

Jonathan came out publicly in 2012 stating: “I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay!”

He added sarcastically: “Apparently the prerequisite to being a gay public figure is to appear on the cover of a magazine with the caption “I am gay”. I apologize for not doing so if this is what was expected!”

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