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*NSYNC was one of the biggest boy bands of the ’90s, and with their immense popularity came immense pressure to maintain a certain image.
No doubt it was a hard task for singer Lance Bass to have to come out as gay to his *NSYNC band members — the group consisted of Bass, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick.
However, it was not always so easy to reveal his sexuality to the world, and that included his bandmates. However, Bass didn’t really have to tell Joey Fatone he was gay — Fatone found out by complete accident.
Bass came out when he was 21 years old, and in an interview with Access Hollywood on Wednesday, he revealed the moment when Fatone first discovered he was gay. The “It’s Gonna Be Me” singer said, “Joey walked in on me with the guy I was dating just kind of sitting on my lap. Straight guys don’t do that.”
Luckily for Bass, his bandmate made things easy for him, and Fatone was very chill about the whole situation. Bass recalled the conversation between himself and Fatone saying, “He was like, ‘Dude, I don’t care.’ I’m like, ‘Surprise!'”
“Joey was just like, ‘Dude, I don’t care. I have so many gay friends — I don’t care.'”
Even though Fatone had been cool about the situation and kept Bass’ secret, it still took Bass a few more months before he could muster up the courage to tell the rest of his bandmates, although none of them were really surprised.
Bass said, “It was a few months after that before I told the [rest of] the guys. I don’t think anyone was surprised.”