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'N Sync Star: Yep, I'm Gay

In an interview with People, former 'N Syncer Lance Bass reveals that he is gay, but never dreamed of coming out during the band's heyday because "I knew... it would overpower everything. So I just never did." Bass adds that he is in a "very stable" relationship with Amazing Race alum Reichen Lehmkuhl — not that there's anything wrong with that, dating a reality-TV star.

I knew it! My sister always said I was wrong. Welcome to the team Lance! :lol:

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Here's excerpts from the article over at www.people.com

http://people.aol.com/people/article/0,26334,1219142,00.html

Lance Bass: I'm Gay

WEDNESDAY JULY 26, 2006 08:30AM EST

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."

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Somewhere, Perez Hilton is giggling like a schoolgirl.

Yep.That boy is OBSESSED with Lance and Reichen.

Hey Lance....we already knew. But congratulations on coming out finally.

Actually, I was shocked and stunned beyond belief when Perez first broke the news. And to think, they aaall said Perez was crazy and just speculating and stirring trouble. HA!

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I pretty much figured that Lance was gay....and I imagine it took some time deciding when he wanted to come out to all those who know him. Just my opinion, I think sometimes coming out about your sexuality can be the hardest thing to face and although some folks already have a feeling that a person is gay, it doesn't make it any easier at times to take that step.

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Who is Perez Hilton? :unsure:

He's a celebrity photo blogger/gossip columnist who for WEEKS (if not months) covered (if not broke) the Lance is Gay story. He took pictures of Lance with gay porn stars, at gay night clubs and such. He even reported how Reichen and Lance were each others' clothes. But he was obsessed with outing that guy.

For more on Perez, see PerezHilton.com.

It's a pretty cool site.

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