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Jonathan Knight of NKOTB competing in The Amazing Race with boyfriend Harley Rodriguez

Jonathan Knight of NKOTB competing in The Amazing Race with boyfriend Harley Rodriguez

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.

Knight is competing in the new season of the CBS reality competition The Amazing Race with his partner of seven years, Harley Rodriguez.

‘Going through this whole process with him has been really surreal,’ Knight, 46, says in a video introducing the new teams to viewers.

Adds Rodriguez, 41: ‘Putting our lives out there for people to know about us – it’s not usually what we do.’

The show pits teams against each other as they race around the world completing challenges and trying not to get eliminated by reaching their next destination last.

‘I’m the nervous one, and he’s the calm one,’ Knight tells People.com. ‘It certainly helps to have a calm one. I’m always, like, "We gotta go! We gotta go!" but he’s always calm and has the patience to make sure we’re not just running down the street and find out two miles down the road that we are going the wrong way.’

Knight came out publicly in 2012 but insisted then that he had always lived his life very openly and had never hidden the fact that he is gay.

‘Apparently the prerequisite to being a gay public figure is to appear on the cover of a magazine with the caption “I am gay,”’ he said sarcastically then. ‘I apologize for not doing so if this is what was expected!’