EXCLUSIVE: New Kids on the Block's Jonathan Knight on hiding his sexuality as a teen, wedding plans and new life on farm

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EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Knight Opens Up About Hiding His Sexuality As a Teen

Jonathan Knight is opening up about the struggle of hiding his sexuality during his teenage years.

In our exclusive clip from tonight's episode of New Kids on the Block's Pop TV reality series Rock This Boat, the 47-year-old singer confesses he attended several proms, "with good Catholic girls... so I knew they weren't trying to put the moves on me and Lord knows I wasn't trying to put the moves on them!"

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While Knight can look back and laugh now, he admits how different his life would have been had he grown up in today's increasingly-accepting world.

"If we were then where we are today, I would have been openly gay from day one with the New Kids and it wouldn't have been an issue," Knight tells ET. "Back then there was such a stigma that I couldn't even tell my best friend. These girls I went to prom with were really good friends and today most girls love gay guys and would be like, 'Yeah! Let's go to prom!'"

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UNSPECIFIED - 1988: New Kids On The Block (left to right): Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre and Jonathan Knight, circa 1988. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 01: Photo of NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and Jordan KNIGHT and Joey McINTYRE and Danny WOOD and Donnie WAHLBERG and Jonathan KNIGHT; Posed group portrait L-R Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre (front), Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and Joey McINTYRE and Donnie WAHLBERG and Jonathan KNIGHT and Jordan KNIGHT and Danny WOOD; Posed group portrait L-R Jordan Knight, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Jonathan Knight (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - 1989: Singer Jonathan Knight of New Kids On The Block, circa 1989. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
UNITED STATES - MAY 12: Photo of NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and Jonathan KNIGHT and Donnie WAHLBERG and Jordan KNIGHT and Joey McINTYRE and Danny WOOD; Posed group portrait L-R Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - 1990: New Kids On The Block (left to right): Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg and Jonathan Knight, circa 1990. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1989: Singers , Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood and Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block pose during a circa 1989 photo shoot. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
CIRCA 1989: Singers Jordan Knight, Danny Wood, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Donnie Wahlberg, of New Kids On The Block pose during a circa 1989 interview. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 14: Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block visits the 19th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards - On 3 Productions Gift Lounge on June 14, 2008 at Chum/City Building in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 15: (L-R) Jordan Knight, and Jonathan Knight of the New Kids on the Block perform at the 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards held at Much world HQ at the CTV building on June 15, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Malcolm Taylor/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 09: (L-R) Joey Mcintyre, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, and Danny Wood members of the New Kids on the Block music group, pose after a press conference at the Sofitel Bayernpost hotel on July 9, 2008 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: Jonathan Knight of 'The New Kids on the Block' and Michael Kadin Craig (who plays the lead singer 'Matthew') as Knight visits The cast of 'Altar Boyz' The Musical (a parody of The Boy Band genre) Off-Broadway at The New World Stages on September 1, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: Jonathan Knight of 'The New Kids on the Block' visits The cast of 'Altar Boyz' The Musical (a parody of The Boy Band genre) Off-Broadway at The New World Stages on September 1, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: (L to R) New Kids On The Block band members Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight attend 'The Block' CD signing at Best Buy on Fifth Avenue on September 2, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Singers Danny Wood and Jonathan Knight of the group New Kids on the Block attend the New Kids on the Block's album release party at Marquee on September 2, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 04: Singer Jonathan Knight of New Kids On The Block performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center on September 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 04: (L-R) Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg and Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block with Ne-Yo (3rd from left) visit NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center Plaza on September 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 08: Singers Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and Jonathan Knight of New Kids On The Block perform on NBC's 'Today' show at Rockefeller Center on May 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 14: (L to R) Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight arrive at Danny Woods of New Kids On The Block birthday party to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation at LIV nightclub at Fontainebleau Miami on May 14, 2009 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - JULY 11: Jonathan Knight of New Kids On The Block performs at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Howie Dorough, Danny Wood, Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Brian Littrell, Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight of New Kids On The Block And Backstreet Boys pose as they prepare For 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2011' atop The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at Times Square on December 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 23: (L-R) Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight and Joey McIntyre of New Kids On The Block perform on stage at Echo Arena on April 23, 2012 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jon Super/Redferns via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 27: Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block perform at LG Arena on April 27, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michelle Moore/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Jonathan Knight (L) and Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block visit SiriusXM's '90s on 9 at SiriusXM studios on April 3, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: New Kids on the Block (l-r) Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, and Donnie Wahlberg appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 06: Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight of New Kids On The Block host at Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace on July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 7: Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood perform with New Kids On The Block in concert at the HP Pavilion on July 7, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/FilmMagic)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 21: (L-R) Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight of the US band New Kids On The Block perform live during a concert at the Tempodrom on May 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Jakubaszek/Redferns via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, and Jordan Knight attend the New Kids On The Block Press Conference at Madison Square Garden on January 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
SUNRISE FL - JUNE 04: Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block perform at BB&T Center on June 4, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott, Anthony Carrino, Keltie Knight and John Colaneri seen on the streets of Manhattan on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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"Being able to be open back then, we would've just had a better time. I know I would have."

These days, the pop star has happily, and openly, found love with fitness instructor Harley Rodriguez.

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The couple met in 2008, after NKOTB reunited for their comeback album The Block, and courted over workouts!

"We were rehearsing the day I met him. He's a trainer at Barry's Bootcamp, so I would be with the band all day, then the only time I got to see him was to go take his class. I'd take his class then we'd go for dinner afterwards. He's been around from the beginning and seen [NKOTB's comeback] morph into what it is today."
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Eight years later, the pair consider themselves "common law married" and have taken each other's names on social media. Plans to officially tie the knot are "in the works" following last year's monumental Supreme Court ruling, which legalized gay marriage nationwide.

It's a day that Knight will never forget.

"Me and Harley called each other right after it happened and were crying our eyes out on the phone," says Knight.

"It's just something that's been long overdue and it was really aggravating to see other countries have it legal," he added. "In Massachusetts it's been legal [since 2004], so I always felt if my state can do it why are other states not doing it? To have it done nationally was awesome."

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After placing ninth in The Amazing Race with Rodriguez last year, Knight shared his hopes to leave New York and start a family.

He tells us that new chapter is now underway on a farm in Massachusetts.

"I've left New York and am renovating a house here. I definitely wouldn't want to raise a kid in New York. But we'll always keep a place there, because there's nothing like New York City.

"It has been awesome not touring this year and getting to be at home because I just bought this place last year, so it's the first year I have to start getting it fixed up."

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After launching a career in real estate 20 years ago, Knight's DIY skills aren't just helping prep his new pad for potential children – they also aid his fans on a daily basis.

Devoted "Blockheads" regularly tweet the "Remix" singer for advice on matters ranging from tree stump extraction to removable wallpapers.

While flipping houses is now one of his greatest passions, Knight's excited to share that NKOTB, who have just announced a one-off gig at New York's Coney Island in August ahead of their next cruise in October, are planning their follow-up to 2013 record 10.

"We've all agreed it's time to start looking around for songs and producers. That'll be in the works this winter before we head out on tour again."

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More than three decades after the group formed, he adds that his bandmates have become "more brotherly than some of my biological brothers."

In fact, when it comes to Knight's public struggle with anxiety, aside from brother and bandmate Jordan, it's one of the other New Kids who has helped him the most.

"Jordan lives it everyday. If something's goings on in my life, I'm like, 'Oh my god I can't believe this and this and this,' to him," he explained. "But out of all the non-brother New Kids, Donnie understands it the most. If there's a situation, he understands what's causing it and where it's manifesting from. If I'm late for rehearsal, the other guys will be like, 'You're lazy,' or 'You don't want to learn the moves,' when really it's like, 'Oh my god, I'm just so anxious about having to learn new dance steps!' Donnie just gets it."

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