If you're not a huge boy band fan -- as I am -- you might find this entry rather boring. But it is news, after all! (smile)
Oh! And I got word via my personal favorite News source, of course -- one of my friends here at LJ. (grin) I'm not lying when I say that I think LJ is a better source for national and international news than TV, radio or the newspaper...
Anyway, many thanks Becky beckyo! (You can see her entry here.)
Image courtesy of People magazine
(No, Marilyn mistressmarilyn -- it's not a fake!)
People Online - Lance is gay
Lance Bass: I'm Gay
Wednesday July 26, 2006
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."
(For the full Q&A with Lance Bass, pick up PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.)
So how long have we actually known this, Lance?
Ages. (And I'm not referring to the way many slash fans tend to just assume the people they read and write about are gay, either. I've never been one of those!)
So, considering most people have known this for years, he could have come out a lot earlier. But at least he finally did it!
What I was glad to hear is that he and Joey are still close -- and working on a project together. I always liked seeing Lance slashed with Joey... (smile)
Well, it's about time, Lance! And your real fans will stick by you. (Hell, they did that when you wanted to head into space, didn't they?)
(Yes. I did have to make an icon in honor of the news.)