New Kids On The Block Singer Jonathan Knight Proposes To Boyfriend

"It was just absolutely beautiful, it was so romantic."

New Kids on the Block singer Jonathan Knight and his longtime boyfriend, personal trainer Harley Rodriguez, are officially engaged!

The 47-year-old pop star confirmed the news on Sirius radio’s The Jenny McCarthy Show on Tuesday, sharing details of the couple’s romantic African vacation where he popped the question.

Having a great weekend with my babe at the @hetrickmartin event in the Hampton's!

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“We were in Africa, our parents were there — our moms were there — and I just figured this was the time to pop the question and make it official,” Knight said.

“We were on the Zambezi River — it’s right above Victoria Falls. We took a nighttime raft dinner, just the four of us out on the river, there was like a hippopotamus in the background. It was a super moon. It was just absolutely beautiful, it was so romantic.”

Creating more beautiful memories together!

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The couple have been together since 2008, and even though Knight said they’ve “always considered [themselves] a married couple,” his boyfriend had “no clue” a proposal was coming.

The couple have been sharing shots from their romantic vacation on Instagram. It’ll be one of the last they have before Knight returns to the U.S. to embark on a North American tour with fellow ’90s legends Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul.

“I’m super super super excited about this tour,” he said in a video posted this week. “I cannot wait, it’s gonna be amazing!”

Congratulations, guys!

Exhausted and busted! Payback for all the sleeping pics I snap of others on our trips. #SAin21days

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Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.