Interview in Ok magazine - UK
New Kids on the Block talk growing up and sexy fans…
Your comeback has caused mayhem in London. Were you expecting that?
Danny: We didn’t know what to expect – it’s been crazy. They had to close the HMV store we were at because there was a stampede and everyone was screaming!
Aren’t you a bit old to be a ‘boy band’?
Joey: That’s just a label. We’re five personalities, not a boy band.
Jordan: There’s no age limit if you’re still making good music. Is 40 too old? We could be 70, you know, what’s the difference?
So the New Kids grew up and got married?
Jordan: Yeah, me and Joey are the right honourable lads of the group.
What’s it like now your teenage fans have become women?
Joey: They’re sexier, and we can talk to them instead of them trying to grab our watches or something!
Jordan: Back then it was like: ‘New Kids…whatever.’ But when you have older fans it makes you feel credible. We’re cooler now.
British girls or American chicks?
Danny: The British have a great sense of humour, it’s similar to that of the girls we used to hang out with in Boston. But here, they’re very independent and have careers.
Who’s the biggest flirt?
Joey: Donnie is really touchy feely.
Danny: Yeah, he’d kiss everyone to the point where we’re like: ‘You’re gonna catch something, man!’
He’s not here to defend himself!
Jon: Sorry, no. He’s off schmoozing with Al Pacino and Robert De Nero at the premiere of their new film.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever been sent by a fan?
Jon: Cakes from The Cupcake Twins. They’re so good – the cakes, not the twins!
Which British actress would you serenade?
Jon: Kiera Knightly. I loved her in Atonement.
Danny: Same here. We could have a Kiera sandwich!
Joey: I think Rachel Weisz is hot, and what an actress.
Who spends the most time getting ready?
Danny: Joey. He’ll be like: ‘I’ll wear a T-shirt, maybe this jacket, add some cufflinks, then this hat…’ The list goes on.
Which one of you is the most devoted family man?
Jordan: I am. Family has played a big part in helping me to grow.
With crowds of girls screaming after you, do you ever wish you were still single?
Joey: No! You might think, I’d really like to bang that broad right there – but obviously you don’t because you’re happily married! Wait. Can I just say I’m the luckiest man to be married to my girl.
Who is the rudest celebrity you’ve ever met?
Joey: Meat Loaf. I was on this TV show with him, and during the break I tried to talk to him about one of this songs that my cousin and his wife performed at their wedding. He just went: ‘Who cares!’ It was wrong on so many levels.
Jordan, you did a reality series with Jodie Marsh. What’s she really like?
Jordan: She’s a go-getter and a flirt, but not skanky. She’s smart as she knows that she’s sexy and does what she has to do.
Do you like a girl in her party best, or laid back and casual?
Jordan: I’ve always told my wife she looks best first thing in the morning. Then I’m like: ‘Damn, will ya get out of bed and make breakfast!’
Joey: I don’t think any guy would ever say make-up is best.
Do your wives get jealous of all the female attention?
Joey: They try not to let us know how much they care, but we do.
Jordan: The thing is, some of us may be taken, but when we’re on stage we’re all single!
Jon, you toured with Tiffany in the ‘90s. Tell us about your love affair…
Jon: Oh, you know, we were seeing each other for a little while.
Danny: What are you talking about? Come on, you were banging her good and proper for two years. We’re allowed to say that… right?!
Are you nostalgic about the ‘80s?
Danny: There’s no nostalgia attached to those haircuts! But it’s a good feeling being on a stage doing the old stuff.
Jordan: I loved being a teen in the ‘80s – finding out who you were and discovering girls for the first time.
You recently recorded a track with the Pussycat Dolls. What was that like?
Danny: Nicole is the only one on the record. But if we do a video, it will be the five of us and the six of them, that’d be awesome – they’re hot!
Jordan: They’re a burlesque act, but more refined than you would think. We’re going to work them into our live show.
Jon: They’ve got it going on!
Transcription from Clare on nkotbfans.com