Singer • Actor • Host
Perhaps the shyest teen dream of all time, Jonathan Knight achieved global superstardom as a member of one of the most lucrative and popular teen idol acts ever, New Kids on the Block. The boy band raked in hundreds of millions of dollars by selling out arenas, moving oceans of merchandise, and scoring a string of smashes that included the chart toppers "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step" as well as additional hits like "Please Don't Go Girl" and "You Got It (The Right Stuff)." Thoroughly dominating their pop cultural era, NKOTB mania defined the childhoods of countless young girls, but by the mid-1990s, their moment was over. Knight, known as the band's most low-key, reserved member, was in fact struggling with panic attacks, and sought medical treatment as well as a quiet life out of the spotlight as a real estate developer. Happily, he was able to rejoin his bandmates as they reunited for multiple projects, including a stint with Backstreet Boys known as NKOTBSB and a 2013 tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men known as The Package. In fact, Knight showcased his self-confidence by announcing he was gay after his longtime friend and fellow teen star Tiffany accidentally revealed it in 2011. Although his shyness marked him an unlikely superstar, Jonathan Knight made the most of his quiet but crucial role in the juggernaut success of New Kids on the Block.