Jonathan Knight is a married man!
The 53-year-old New Kids on the Block singer revealed entertainment tonight that he and longtime love Harley Rodriguez have quietly married.
When asked about the ring on his finger, Knight said “we” got married.
“But everyone assumed we’re married, so I never say yes or no because I don’t want to lie,” he added in the interview, published on Wednesday.
ET added that while the couple is officially married, they have yet to celebrate due to the pandemic.
“It’s coming,” he teased.
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Paul Marotta/Getty Jonathan Knight and Harley Rodriguez
The former teen heartthrob – who rose to fame in the late ’80s with his bandmates younger brother Jordan, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood – was first introduced to Rodriguez in 2008.
After getting engaged in 2016, the couple began planning their wedding, aiming to wed in 2021, before postponing the nuptials due to COVID concerns.
“We were going to get married on the farm this year under a tent and then have the ceremony in our barn,” Knight told PEOPLE of his plans for the past year, referring to the large estate where he and Rodriguez live in Massachusetts. “We had everything planned: the buffet, the entertainment. We were going to be married by candlelight. And then it all stopped.”
At the time, he said that after waiting so long to get married, he and his then-fiancée thought about simply running away.
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty New Kids on the Block
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“We’re on the fence if we’re going to run away,” Knight admitted. “Or, we just wait a few more years and have a great celebration with our families.”
The singer spent most of the summer touring the country with his bandmates and filming episodes for HGTV’s second season. farm repairmanwhich follows Knight and his interior designer partner Kristina Crestin as they restore historic homes in New England.
“I would say this year was definitely a challenge because I basically had to be in both places at the same time,” the star told PEOPLE. “Of all the times the New Kids got together, this was the most vigorous touring schedule for us. There were days when I would walk off stage at 11pm, hop on a plane right after the show, fly all night, shoot all day and then get back on a plane and do the next show.”
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The New Kids’ 2022 Mixtape Tour, which included Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue and Rick Astley, traveled to over 50 different cities across the US
Despite the “insane schedule”, Knight says he’s grateful for the experience that allowed him to indulge in his two passions: music and home improvement – something he’s been doing since NKOTB’s first split in 1994.
“At the time, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this sucks.’ But I look back now and I’m proud that I achieved it. I definitely tried hard, but it was the best moment. I’m lucky to be able to balance the two now.”
the second season of farm repairman premiered Wednesday, August 24 at 9pm ET/PT on HGTV and Discovery+.