Joey McIntyre’s got a secret not even his blood relatives know.
The New Kids On The Block singer and wife Barrett are gearing up for the birth of their second son later this month, but they are keeping the name they’ve chosen private. Talk about infanticipating!
“We haven’t told anybody,” Joe, whose solo album Here We Go Again is digitally available now, tells me. “My sisters are mad at me. Some people go ‘yeah, her name’s gonna be blah-blah-blah.’ I think people are afraid of the reaction, good or bad. If you say a name, you’re very sensitive about the name, so you don’t want people to have that reaction and go [disparagingly] ‘mmmm’ whereas once the baby’s born, people are a little more inviting of that name.”
He chuckles, “God forbid we keep a couple secrets in this day and age.”
Meanwhile, their son Griffin, 2, can’t wait to be a big brother.
“My sister-in-law had a baby six months ago, so it was perfect timing,” he says. “Here is this beautiful little girl that he can be around and learn how to be gentle. He adores her. Hopefully it will be the same situation. It’s going to be fun to have a couple of boys around.”
Barrett enjoys the special treatment she gets from her hubby before the baby arrives.
“I give her back rubs,” Joey tells me. “Back rubs are good. It’s a good way to put her to sleep, but I don’t give her enough back rubs, and I don’t do enough for her. I don’t think I’ll ever feel I do enough for her, but we went to Disneyland this weekend to have some fun. We felt like we wanted to have one more special time with our son before we get another one coming along.”