Recovering '80s teen pop junkies (isn't that all of us?) were abuzz last week when Tiffany stepped into a major pile of awkward during her visit to Watch What Happens Live, off-handedly mentioning that New Kids on the Block star Jonathan Knight was gay. But the NKOTB heartthrob doesn't call it an outing.
"I have never been outed by anyone but myself!" Knight said in a statement posted online. "I did so almost twenty years ago. I never knew that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB! I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay! Apparently the 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! If there ever has been any confusion about my sexuality, then you are someone that doesn't even know me!"
Which explains why Tiff was so matter-of-fact about the whole thing, telling WWHL host Andy Cohen that she dated him back in their pop idol heyday, but that "he became gay later." (Check out photos of Tiffany and Debbie Gibson's visit to Watch What Happens Live.)
"I didn't do it. I had issues with that. I was thinking maybe I did. Now looking back when we were dating, he was so much fun. We used to do facials together. He was so easy to talk to."
While her words were innocuous enough, Knight had never publically commented on his sexuality, leading many to eviscerate Tiff for outing the former boy-bander. But now Knight has rushed to Tiff's defense and set the record, er, straight. So if you were planning on storming Tiffany's house with torches and pitchforks, looks like you'll have to find a new Saturday night activity.
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