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NO LONGER A KID
Though he's still very much a New Kid on the Block, Jonathan Knight is happier to be just Jonathan these days. Living in New York City with trainer Harley Rodriguez (here, photographed at Barry's Bootcamp New York), his boyfriend of six years, the 46-year-old feels "a sense of home. Being in a relationship grounds you. Life definitely changes when you settle down and you have a goal between two people. That helps keep me focused."
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However, feeling grounded doesn't mean keeping your feet on the ground! Knight and Rodriguez, 41, are competing on the new season of The Amazing Race, premiering Feb. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS. "It was a lot harder and a lot more stressful than I thought it was going to be," Knight tells PEOPLE. "It's a completely different thing watching it and running it," Rodriguez adds. "But I would love to [do it again] in a heartbeat."
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Though there's little the guys can reveal about their time on the Race (like, what exactly is going on in this photo), Rodriguez says, "We balanced each other really well. I'm better at going up to people and asking them questions right away; he tends to be a little more shy. He is afraid of heights ... but I live for that kind of stuff. So we talked about what we would and wouldn't do, and it worked out, it was awesome and we got to do things that played to our strengths."
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A RACE TO REMEMBER
"I always say every kid in their 20s should have to live in New York and I think I have to add to that and say that I think that every human being should be allowed to do The Amazing Race as a life experience," Knight says. "It's an adrenaline rush and it's the best feeling in the world." Although "there were a few times I thought I was going to have a heart attack!"
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REST & RELAXATION
A real estate agent by day, "my life has been being a house husband," Knight jokes, since much of his work is in New Hampshire. "But I'm working on that. I've decided 2015 is the year I live outside the box." That won't be too hard: He's headed out on tour with NKOTB, TLC and Nelly beginning on May 1.
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STEP BY STEP
Though a tour isn't the easiest for the guys' relationship – "In the days before Skype it would have been hard," Knight says, adding that Rodriguez joins him on the road when he can – it's what makes the singer happiest. "I love touring because it is a routine and so much of my life isn't routine, so I thrive being on tour because you wake up at the same time, you know exactly when the show starts and you know exactly when you need to be places. Plus it's time that the New Kids all get to spend together. And I love that."
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