New Kids on the Block star Jonathan Knight has confirmed he is gay.

He appeared to have been outed by 90s popstar Tiffany last week but said he had “never been outed by anyone but myself”.

Tiffany revealed on a late night TV show that she had once dated “the quiet one, the shy one” in New Kids on the Block, then added, “He became gay later.”

She was criticised for speaking on his behalf, but Knight said: “I have never been outed by anyone but myself! I did so almost twenty years ago.”

Writing on the band’s members-only section of their website, he added: “I never knew that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with New Kids On The Block!

“I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I’m gay,” he said.

He said he did not want to use his sexual orientation for publicity. The band is to begin a joint tour with the Backstreet Boys this summer.