Working with the band helped him through a difficult time in his personal life

By Judy Rakowsky
Updated September 09, 2008 12:15 PM
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New Kids on the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg says the boy band’s first album and tour in nearly 15 years have been restorative for him at a difficult time in his personal life.

“It’s been very healthy, very therapeutic,” Wahlberg said at the opening of a Newbury Comics store in his hometown of Boston on Saturday. “Our music has been there for me and for my bandmates.”

Wahlberg wrote the ballad “2 in the Morning” about a disintegrating marriage for the new album The Block. The singer an his wife, Kim Fey, both filed for divorce in Los Angeles last month. The couple have two sons, Xavier, 15 and Elijah, 7.

New Kids will kick off their tour on Sept. 18 in Toronto, playing both old and new music, including “Single,” already a radio hit.

“I’m someone who doesn’t get down very often and when I get down I don’t stay down very long,” says Wahlberg, who will be back in Boston later in the month for two sold out shows.