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Old 07-26-2006, 10:08 AM   #1
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Boy Band Star Comes Out Of The Closet

Finally!


Lance Bass: I'm 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 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."
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Knew it, but who was he fooling?
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One down, four to go.

Edit: Do you have a link for this?
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I posted it in the Darren Hayes thread, it's on people.com

I find it tough to believe he wasn't basically "forced" to come out publicly after this. Good for him, but sad that it had to happen because of that. Maybe he figured if he didn't, he'd be followed and bothered all the time after that story. I just hope he can find happiness and peace now.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...ent&id=4365921
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Now that I think about it, he's the only one that wasn't linked with a girl at some point.

To be honest, the thought never occurred to me.

I'm glad he's able to come out now.

Have I mentioned that my college roommate and I went to go see that awful movie he was in the first weekend it came out?
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So that's why he wanted to be an astronaut
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he likes rockets

bad innuendo on my part, sorry
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WHA; I'm with you...I never thought is was anymore ambiguous then the other members of any boyband. It does seem to fit now. I'm sure I'm that clueless!

Anyway; this is worth a few minutes of your time:

http://www.perezhilton.com/topics/lance_bass/



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he likes rockets

bad innuendo on my part, sorry
a bit of a stretch, but funny none the less
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Must say this announcement actually shocked me a bit. Wonder who the 3rd one will be since this has been 2 already in a short bit of time.
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who was the first?
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I can't believe people are surprised by this! Good for him must've been very tough for him being in the public eye.
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