Jonathan Knight has been in show business for a long time, considering that he found fame when he was just 16 years old thanks to his boy band, New Kids on the Block. Knight joined the group after his brother, Jordan Knight, was recruited by Donny Wahlberg, who was the first to join the band when it was formed in 1984. While Jonathan wasn’t necessarily the breakout star of NKOTB, he didn’t mind not being centerstage. At the time, he told People, “I almost never sing lead vocals, and it doesn’t bother me.” It seemed more important to Knight to be able to work with his childhood buddies. “With us knowing each other so long, we’re more a family than a business,” he said. 

While NKOTB went on to sell millions of albums and go on several world tours, there were pitfalls of being in a popular boy band: For Knight, it was the frenzied fans. He recalled in a later interview with People, “Sometimes, back then, it got real scary. Especially at airports — the most I got were some scratches, but those crowds could get out of control.”

Knight didn’t necessarily enjoy that level of fame in general. “My life was so materialistic. Other people handled everything for me,” he explained. His father, Allan Knight, agreed that it wasn’t for him, adding, “He’s told me that when he used to sing, he wasn’t that happy. His life was hectic and crazy.”

Post source: The List

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