Like NKOTB star Jonathan Knight: These boy band stars have been banned from coming out


Writed by - Andy Gocker
  New Kids on the Block star Jonathan Knight has secretly married
'New Kids on the Block'-Star Jonathan Knight (l.) und Harley Rodriguez im Jahr 2018 in Boston. © Getty Images/Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Emerson Colonial Theatre, SpotOn

'New Kids on the Block' singer Jonathan Knight (54) said in a podcast that he was forced to hide his homosexuality when the band was successful. So he is not an isolated case. The same happened to other boy band members, as we show here.

Jonathan Knight: 'It was just so much pressure'

The boy band 'New Kids On The Block' turned the heads of numerous girls in the 80s with their hits 'Hangin' Tough' and 'Step by Step'. But not all band members were into the female gender. Singer Jonathan Knight came out as gay many years after the boy band ended and married his longtime partner Harley Rodriguez in 2022.

In the podcast 'Frosted Tips' Jonathan spoke openly about his difficult coming out. The manager at the time knew he was gay. But: 'He pulled me aside and said: 'If anyone finds out, then your career is over, then the career of the New Kids is over'.' And record giant Sony will also lose a lot of money. 'There was just so much pressure,' Knight recalls.

He is not alone in this - many other boy band stars only came out after the end of their boy band career.

Lance Bass von N'Sync

  Lance Bass
Lance Bass © Cover Media

Lance Bass (43) is the absolute star when it comes to same-sex relationships and family planning. The former N'Sync singer has been happily married to husband Michael Turchin for years. The two are now fathers of three. To the Twins Violet Betty and Alexander James (1) the little one joined at the end of July 2022 George (6 Sweet).

In 2006, Lance Bass publicly came out as gay. Years later, in an interview with Gaytimes, he explained why he kept his homosexuality a secret during his boy band days: 'I thought if I came out, N'Sync would be over. So I kept my secret. And our wildest dreams came true and we were so incredibly grateful - and I still am, but so many nights I've seen so many young gay fans on stage singing their hearts out and I wanted you guys to be that way like to say I'm her. I just didn't have the strength to do so at the time.'

He is all the more committed to that today LGBTQ rights and has already received the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award for this.

Eloy de Jong (Caught in the Act) und Stephen Gatly (Boyzone)

  Eloy de Jong (Caught in the Act) und Stephen Gately (Boyzone)
Eloy de Jong (Caught in the Act) und Stephen Gately (Boyzone) © picture alliance

Eloy de Jong (49) was born in the early 1990s as a member of the English-Dutch boy band „Caught in the Act“ famous. In 1999, a year after the band broke up, he publicly came out as gay. But even before Eloy and his then partner, Stephen Gately, who died in 2009 from the band ' Boyzone ', publicly confessed to his homosexuality, his family knew about it.

When he revealed his feelings to his parents at 14, his mother was sympathetic - but his father really freaked out. 'Unfortunately, I don't have a single memory of him that feels really good to me,' says Eloy in a new 'Bunte' interview. 'My coming out was a big problem for him, he thought it was terrible.'

Today Eloy de Jong is the father of daughter Indy together with his partner Ibo. Together with a mom who prefers to stay out of the public eye, they make a wonderful rainbow family . Musically, he now feels at home in Schlager.

Westlife's Mark Feehily

  Mark Feehily
Mark Feehily © BANG Showbiz

Westlife's Mark Feehily, 42, came out in 2005. “I want people to know the truth. I'm gay and I'm very proud of who I am,' he told The Sun at the time. 'I'm still the same person as the day I was before. I'm sure the Westlife fans are happy that I'm happy. I don't think it changes anything.'

His bandmates all knew that Mark is gay but have never spoken out about it publicly. Only after therapy did Mark realize that he himself had been his 'biggest enemy' when he came out. 'For me, coming out was kind of anti-climax because I was so worried about what everyone would think and I didn't get any negative reactions, everyone I was worried about just didn't care. The most important thing , what I learned was that it was actually all inside me,' he revealed to the Irish Mirror newspaper in 2020.

Duncan James von Blue

  Ducan James with bandmate Lee Ryan
Ducan James with bandmate Lee Ryan © picture alliance / Photoshot

Duncan James (44) celebrated international success with the British boy band 'Blue' in the early 2000s. In 2005 the band finally decided to take a break. Duncan came out as bisexual in 2009 before declaring he was gay in 2017. Before coming out, Duncan had relationships with the late TV presenter Tara Palmer-Tomkinson († 45) and singer Geri Horner (50), better known as Geri Halliwell from the Spice Girls. The great love of James' life is the Brazilian Rodrigo Reis. The couple met in Belgium in 2019 after James performed there with his boy band.

Christian Schild from voXXclub

  Christian Schild from VOXXclub
Christian Schild from voXXclub © Photo: Geisler-Fotopress/Nömer, Susanne Nömer/Geisler-Fotopress

Christian Schild (36) is with the hit band voXXclub. He also came out as gay in 2015. 'I've been gay for as long as I can remember. But I unconsciously adapted to my environment until I slowly became aware at the age of about 14 that I like men,' he admitted shortly afterwards in an interview with the 'OK!' interview. Nevertheless, he was afraid that people would no longer like him after he came out. 'But I was and am of the opinion that I don't need anyone who doesn't accept me as I am,' says Christian Schild. And nothing has changed between his bandmates and him either: 'For the boys, it's the most normal thing in the world.'

Ricky Martin: 'I'm Proud To Say I'm A Happy Gay Man'

Today is Latino Star Ricky Martin (51) with the Syrian-Swedish Painter John Joseph (38) married, is open about his homosexuality. The two have two children together: Tochter Lucia (4) and son Renn (3). But the way there was rocky.

At the age of just twelve, the pop musician made his debut in the youth group Menudo. The singer only had his big breakthrough as a solo artist. For his mainly female audience, the pop star was considered a 'sex symbol'. What nobody knew at the time: Even as a child, he felt attracted to the same sex. In the mid-90s he began his first secret relationship with a man. He told his mother about his homosexuality early on, but he still kept his secret from the rest of the world. He even had a relationship with Mexican TV presenter Rebecca de Alba (57) for about ten years.

It wasn't until 2010 that the singer declared that he was gay in a public statement on his website. 'I'm proud to say I'm a happy gay man,' The Guardian quoted the post as saying. (jve)

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