The onetime N Sync heartthrob says he's "more liberated and happy" than he's ever been. 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. Having pursued acting, producing and — most memorably — space flight after N Sync went on hiatus in , Bass now is looking ahead to new beginnings. Mostly, though, he s just enjoying the relief that comes with the culmination of a long, at times emotionally fraught journey.
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Sign in. Lance Bass is the quintessential illustration of a highly successful and driven jack-of-all-trades: singer, host, actor, producer, writer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cosmonaut. Bass can currently be seen as a daily contributing panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show , which he joined in September of In , Bass lit up Broadway, starring as "Corny Collins" in the smash hit, "Hairspray", published his revealing memoir, "Out of Sync", and danced his way to the finals on season seven of ABC's hit competition show, Dancing with the Stars In , he was inducted into the Mississippi Musician's Hall of Fame, making him the youngest person to ever receive this honor.
Lance Bass Explains Why He Didn't Come Out as Gay During *NSYNC Days
Two years after I graduated from high school in , Lance Bass came out of the closet on the cover of People Magazine. His revelation struck a chord for me not just because he was a celebrity, as one-fifth of the world-famous pop group 'N Sync, but because he was from Clinton, Miss. As far as I knew growing up, there were no gay people in Clinton. I know better now, but as a gay kid in Jackson yes, my nickname at St. It wasn't until I moved away to attend Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan my junior year of high school that I met other gay people my age.
Growing up as a gay kid in the south was not easy. The constant fear of people discovering who you really were and the inevitable shame that would fall upon you and your family dictated how you lived your life everyday. Luckily for me, I was fortunate enough to move to places where it wasn't a constant daily reminder that I was an abomination.