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Lance Bass: GAY!

Lance Bass: GAY!

Lance Bass, the former ‘N Sync heartthrob, reveals that he is gay, in an exclusive interview with People.

"I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys’ careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything," says Bass, referring to bandmates Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez, and Justin Timberlake.

"I didn’t know: Could that be the end of ’N Sync? So I had that weight on me of like, ‘Wow, if I ever let anyone know, it’s bad.’ So I just never did," he says speaking about his sexual orientation for the first time with People.

Now, after years of keeping his personal life private, the Mississippi-bred, Southern Baptist-reared Bass, 27, is publicly revealing what he first shared with his friends, then his shocked family.

"He took years to really think about how he was going to tell everyone," says his close buddy Fatone, 29, who was the first ‘N Sync bandmate to find out Bass is gay. "I back him up 100 percent." Adds Bass’s longtime pal, actress Christina Applegate: "I’ve always accepted him as who he is. It’s about his own serenity at this point."

Having pursued acting, producing and – most memorably – space flight after ’N Sync went on hiatus in 2002, Bass now is looking ahead to new beginnings. He is in a "very stable" relationship with model-actor-Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl, 32, and is developing an Odd Couple-inspired sitcom pilot with Fatone in which his character will be gay.

Mostly, though, he’s just enjoying the relief that comes with the culmination of a long, at times emotionally fraught journey.

"The thing is, I’m not ashamed – that’s the one thing I want to say," he explains of his decision to come out. "I don’t think it’s wrong, I’m not devastated going through this. I’m more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I’m just happy."

As for why he’s talking about this now Bass says, "The main reason I wanted to speak my mind was that (the rumors) really were starting to affect my daily life. Now it feels like it’s on my terms. I’m at peace with my family, my friends, myself and God so there’s really nothing else that I worry about."

No official word on the nose yet but it’s official, Lance Bass is gay. I’m sure this will come as a shock to a lot of you but how many of you have known for years? Lance and Reichen were walking around together in public as early as two months ago… but with a two-girl buffer between them, Jamie Lynn DiScala being one of them.
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  • Vince

    FIRST!I always knew this, and yes the rumors were all over the internet with these two sharing shirts and jeans and walking oh so carefully not so close to each other when they are out together.However, Reichen is so hot I would totally go there, Lance is lucky to land such a hot piece of meat!:)

  • geniass

    Hot damn I knew this! The overly thin eyebrows and the feminine nose and he’s only been with Danielle Fischer (is that her name?).

  • Alec

    But it’s just weird though. It’s like a muscleman with his houseboy or something. LOL!

  • jon

    I KNEW HE WAS GAY!!!MY GAYDAR WAS RIGHT!!!!OUT OF ALL THE NSYNC GUYS, HE WAS THE FRUITIEST.

  • stef

    From his days of being with Nsync you could always tell he was gay…sometimes its hard to tell but with him somehow you just new he wasn’t straight especially since he was the quitest one and you never saw him date anyone ever…

  • anon

    Mississippi-bred, Southern Baptist-reared ……This has become such a cliche. I hope he’s at peace with himself. Not too many openly gay celebrities around.

  • Anon

    Good for him!!! At least he’ll be free to live his life now.

  • WHERES SURI

    DAMN HOMO, CANT SAY IM SUPPRISED

  • Doug

    "This has become such a cliche. I hope he’s at peace with himself. Not too many openly gay celebrities around."What are you fucking retarded?Half of Hollywood is gay and the other half is Jewish and all people do is bitch about how they’re kept down by the man.

  • tandem

    who knew…? like, everybody!!Good that he’s out of the shadows though.

  • Nancy

    wow. hahafinally.

  • Alexanderina

    No surprise there, I wish him all the best

  • anon

    # 9 | Doug Why you gotta call someone retard? OPENLY GAY is different than speculation . Is Tom Cruise, Queen Latifah, Jay Z, Penlope Cruz,Justin Timberlake, etc……OPENLY GAY?

  • emily

    The other girl is Shannon Elizabeth.I wonder when the other members of N Sync knew? Probably not from the start?

  • macheath

    I think everyone’s going to say they knew. I remember when Justin said something about having a good friend who was gay, and the NSYNC fandom went crazy speculating it was Lance. I used to dream that he had a thing for JC.Now someone explain Danielle Fishel to me.

  • yindi

    what???really???i dont knew this…omg…………………….

  • Billie

    Celebrity or not, I DO NOT think that people should be outed. I’m happy to hear that his coming out was on on his own terms. (Even if it was possibly fueled by pressure from the rumors) In any case, he seems ready to handle any positive or negative energy that may come his way. Congratulations to him for owning who he is and living in his truth! It’s not an easy thing, especially for someone in the limelight.

  • Jess

    I had a hunch but wasn’t sure. However, I’m happy that he’s out and that he’s happy. Plus, his boy is hot! lol!

  • Betsy

    *yawn*–I don’t think it was a big secret that Lance was gay. Did I know for years? No not really but I say good for him for coming out and saying he’s happy with his life etc.Oh he used to date Danielle Fishel huh? He does say somewhere in the interview that he likes women and "has been with" women but at some point realized he could never have a permanent relationship with one….maybe that answers that?

  • Mp

    Go Lance!

  • Alli

    #17 I agree I don’t think anyone should ever be pressured about coming out, either from friends, rumours, media etc. I think this a corageous statement to make – good for him. In the times we live in I don’t think this will hinder him one way or the other. The best thing you can do for yourself is to live honestly & with conviction – good for him. And his boyfriends HOT, if the guy was straight I would date him. I wish LB all the best.

  • Randi

    On behalf of women everywhere, let me just say: No big loss.

  • Kat

    His own terms??? NOPE!!! He was outed and it was not his own terms. Media was not going to leave him alone. I think it’s funny how this whole this is now coming out and it will be accepted. Now when the hell are the other actors, actresses singers coming out? Hollywood is too much === Again we didn’t need him to get the cover of a popular magazine to let us know he was gay. A lot of people knew it. Just like Rosie, Ellen, HE IS ANOTHER MEDIA WHORE!!!!! I would to if I was in N’Sync

  • Christina

    oh my goodness! why am i always surprised by these things even when i really should have known? i wonder how topenga feels about this? or if that was all a ruse.www.bonbonsinthebath.com

  • Arelis

    I’m not shocked, if any of the other guys came out I would be shocked… with Lance, it’s kind of like you always knew with the way he acted.

  • haha

    i wonder whos the bottom and whos the top? LOL

  • lol

    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH????!!!!

  • ben

    Okay, at least he’s not the least likeable member of Nsync now.

  • Billie

    His own terms??? NOPE!!! He was outed and it was not his own terms….I agree that there was alot of pressure for him to come out. However, I think that he was a point in his life where he felt comfortable enough with himself to publicly come out. I don’t doubt that the pressure from Notorious Outer Perez Hilton, the internet rumors, media and such motivated his decision.Now when the hell are the other actors, actresses singers coming out?….Why is it necessary to know "who is or isn’t gay in Hollywood"? For fodder? Actors, actresses, singers, etc. are entertainers. What entitles the public to know about their private lives?HE IS ANOTHER MEDIA WHORE!….People magazine is in the business of peddling gossip. This is a sensational story, even if so many people suspected Lance was gay. LB picked a big enough forum for his announcement. And now he go about living w/o the constant attention from Perez and other outers.

  • JESSICA

    DAMN THATS CRAZY..ITS WEIRD…IVE BEEN A NSYNC FAN SINCE I WAS IN THE 4TH GRADE AND NOW IM AN INCOMING SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL…AND STILL 100 PERCENT NSYNC FAN…. NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING GAY…I HAVE GAY FRIENDS….IT MUST OF BEEN REALLY HARD FOR LANCE…A FAMOUSE SINGER KNOWN WORLD WIDE TO CONFESS TO THE WORLD THAT HE WAS GAY! HE HAD LOTS OF GUTS….

  • jesus

    well guys i guess it’s good to know it.. i always knew he was gay and i think everybody knew it too… i hope the best for him.. and good luck Lance ¡¡¡

  • Tiffany

    anyone know where we can read the ENTIRE people mag interview on-line?thanks!

  • janine.

    i loove lance. i met him this past may in las vegas. club tao, which is better than pure! anyway he’s such a sweetheart! i wish him all the best and love him just the same as before. also, i didn’t see this coming at all lol. he hid that extremely well. i hope there’s a movie about his life haha. i’m curious to watch nsync’s reaction and all the drama that went with hiding it during nsync’s domination era. :P

  • Amg

    I’m shocked I must say, but it doesn’t change the way I feel about Lance. I think that he is a talented man who deserves to be happy. I am happy for you James"Lance"Bass. Oh yeah, your boyfriend is so FIONE!!!!!!!!Stay Blessed

  • Courtney

    It’s not surprising but I am very devastated by this news. I have been a fan of Nsync since I was 12 years old and in the 6th or 7th grade and now I am still a fan at 20 years old. I was so in love with Lance and now I’m still one of his biggest fans and in a way I’m very happy for him but I’m also like I said extremely devastated. I wish him the best but he really needs to get someone hotter. That guy isn’t the best looking. Lance is built and muscley and gorgeous while the other guy is tall and looks like a dolce and gabbana model. I also wonder like everyone else what the other guys think about this and which one he liked. Sometimes you don’t like your friends even though they are the same sex as you. Sorry I’m ranting. Go Lance. I’m so happy for you and i wish your hot sexy ass good luck.

  • robert

    i think it is great that he has come out.not just because of who he is but because of the relief he must have now from keeping this for so long.i wish him the best and can only hope he can live a normal life.

  • Rey & Eva

    Rey:good for him he has the guts to come out! Eva:He is still Hot!! ANYONE has the right to choose there sexuality.AND all the other people are just haters…YOU CAN LOOK AS GOOD AS HIM!!

  • boy

    GOO LANCE.. so what if he is gay .. i am gay too just not out of the closet yet but hey DONT TELL ANYONE .. HAHABUT yea like i was saying i am trying to date girls just to hide for about 2 years.. then i will come out .. but as for now i just have to keep it a secret.. only 5 ppl know.. and i am going to keep it that way for now..GOO LANCE.. AND UR BF IS SO HOT…HAHA

  • someone

    i hate the gays ppl..but i’m still loving you alooooooot lance..and i wish all the best for you..

  • Brad

    You Americans are sooooooooooo funny!! No, seriously, you crack me up! Big deal..the guy is gay!Oh my gawd..some chick thought he was hot and he is gay!! ???!! How could a guy who chicks like be gay????!!!Recap – he felt pressured to hide it and he did hide it, he did lie…ok, not so well, but he lied….because you ALL….yes, you ( the fans, the media, the folks, the preacher, etc, etc,etc ) sent him the message that he would not be loved, would not be happy, would not be successuful " if " he was a homoboy.How sad for you all.I am glad that he is out…now, maybe he can go on a date with out the uneccessary ‘ chick ‘ buffer – myabe now he has a shot a decent life…with romance included.Ohhhhhh – to all the dolts who thought that because he had thin eyebrows he was gay…shake ya head dude…he had that stuff, coz he was in a pretty boy band! Besides..the Unibrow thing is sooooo 1980′s " i don’t give a shit tuff guy’ look that only sad men in dingy bars, drinking cheap whiskey have em.Cheers Lance!!Next – who many people think Lance Armstrong is gay?I am sorry but that guy SCREAMS Jockboy homo to me :)

  • justin

    ur kidding he gay nsync were the bomb back in the day no chance of a reunion now thats sucks, gud 4 u lance but ur kidn gay not da 1

  • Mary

    I think im the only one on here that didnt know he was. lance was like my favorite guy outta the whole band n i refuse to believe it till i c him kiss his "boyfriend". he always lookd straight to me. my sister kept tell in that he is but i refused to believe it. n its tuff for someone that liked him as much as i did to believe it. n the only way im goin to is if i c a pic or video of him kissin reichen

  • Zzzzzzzzzzzz

    Zzzzz Why is this even news? Why is it on the radar. Who cares…. I liked the music. I could care less about this

  • Anthony

    Look, Lance Bass has been gay for 3 years but he’s never been dressing in drag before.

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