Jonathan Knight is about to be a married man.
Appearing on “The Jenny McCarthy Show” Tuesday, the New Kids on the Block star, 47, revealed that he and his longtime boyfriend, Harley Rodriguez, had gotten engaged on a trip to Africa earlier this month.
“We’ve always considered ourselves a married couple,” Knight told host Jenny McCarthy, who is married to his NKOTB bandmate, Donnie Wahlberg. Noting that he bought rings about three weeks before their trip, the pop star arranged an evening dinner on a raft on the Zambezi River. “I just figured this was the time to pop the question and make it official,” he said.
Listen to Knight chat about his engagement below.
As it turns out, the proposal was anything but traditional in a number of other ways. For starters, Knight invited both his mother and Rodriguez’s mother to witness the big moment, and he opted not to get down on one knee before popping the question.
“We’re two guys ― it’s always hard, like, who proposes? Who asks? I’ve been waiting for him to ask, he’s probably been waiting for me to ask,” Knight said. Still, he described the entire experience as “absolutely beautiful” and “so romantic.”
Knight and Rodriguez, 43, have been dating since 2008, the New York Post reports. The pop star, who will return to the concert stage next summer on NKOTB’s “Total Package” tour with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul, posted a handful of adorable photos of the couple on their African vacation to his Instagram account.