Lance Bass, one of the members of the former pop band N’Sync, revealed in a recent People Magazine interview that he was gay.
In the interview, Bass, who has kept his life pretty private up until this point, stated that he kept his sexual orientation to himself because he didn’t want to cause any trouble for the band or hurt the other members’ careers by coming out sooner.
“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,” he told People.
Band members and friends have come to Bass’ side since he revealed that he was gay. The singer, who was raised in Mississippi and brought up a Southern Baptist, also stated that it was a weight lifted from him to make the information public, and that it was never something he felt ashamed about.
“The thing is, I’m not ashamed — that’s the one thing I want to say,” he explains in the article. “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.”
The magazine with the interview and featuring Bass on the cover is on stands now.