News Round-Up: December 31, 2018

Said goodbye to 2018 with some dance time…

Some news items you might have missed:

• It’s the last dance for 2018! Hope you all get your Auld Lang Syne on!

• Former NSYNC boy-bander Lance Bass says he and hubby Michael Turchin are hoping to become parents in 2019.

• House Democrats say they won’t seat homophobic North Carolina Republican Mark Harris in the new Congress in light of possible election fraud allegations until a full investigation is completed.

• If you’re an Instagrammer, click here to get your #2018BestNine. Here’s mine and I’d pretty much agree. Tons of fun with hot hubby Michael, some Rome, some Mexico, some time alone. And meeting the luminous Angela Bassett was the fan-boy moment of the year 😉

• In an interview with The LA Times, outgoing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says inside the West Wing, Donald Trump’s infamous ‘wall’ will not be a ‘wall.’ The idea of a solid concrete wall went out the window over a year ago, according to Kelly.

• For the first time ever, Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’ featured a family with two dads.

• The US stock market has officially logged its worse year since 2008 when the Great Recession began. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ends the year down 5.6%, and the S&P 500 lost 6.2%. #SoMuchWinning

Lance Bass Shares Why He Remained Closeted During NSYNC Years

At the ceremony honoring NSYNC with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lance Bass spoke about his fears of coming out and how it might have affected not only him but his bandmates.
NYSNC on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The men of mega-successful boy-band NSYNC – Lance Bass, Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and JC Chasez – were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this week.

In his acceptance comments, Bass (who came out in 2006 after the band broke up) addressed how and why the enormous success of the group kept him in the closet.

From his remarks:

“The other thing I want to say here today is something I’ve been trying to put into words maybe my whole life. Growing up in Mississippi and in a Southern Baptist church, in a town where everyone knows your business, I had a secret: I was gay.”

“And at the time, I thought that I would never be able to tell anyone because not only was I terrified of the lasting rejection I was certain that that would happen. But more than that, I didn’t want to jeopardize the careers of these guys up here, much less the hundreds of amazing people who worked tirelessly to bring NSYNC to the world.”

“I thought if I had come out, NSYNC would be over. So I kept my secret. And our wildest dreams were coming true and we were so incredibly thankful, and I still am. But so many nights onstage, I’d see so many young, gay fans singing their hearts out and I wanted so badly to let you know, I was you. I just didn’t have the strength then.”

“But I do today, and so let me say loud and proud to all my LGBT brothers and sisters who embrace me and show me the way to be who I am, thank you so much.”

Bass married his husband Michael Turchin in 2014 after publicly coming out in 2006.

Lance Bass Marries Longtime Boyfriend Michael Turchin

Former boy bander Lance Bass married his boyfriend of 3 years, Michael Turchin, at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday.

The guest list included Pussycat Dolls co-founder Robin Antin, Christina Appelgate, Carmen Electra, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and husband Ken Todd, Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean and Gabourey Sidibe.

The festivities were filmed for a 90-minute special “Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding” set to air on Thursday, Feb. 5 on E!

“The whole wedding itself is very classy, you know. We wanted to plan something that could last for 100 years,” Bass told E! “When we show our grandchildren this amazing tape of our wedding, the best wedding video ever, I want them to be able to look at this and be like, ‘Wow, that stood the test of time.’ So we’re using a lot of elements in the wedding that are classy, and one of those is definitely our first dance. The song we chose is a song that lasts forever, something that is very special to us.”

Lance Bass for Marriage Equality in Mississippi

Mississippi residents Lance Bass and his fiancé Michael Turchin share why they are Southerners for the Freedom to Marry.

Via Freedom To Marry:

It’s an exciting time to be a Southerner, Randy.

Change is really happening down here, and it’s coming so much faster than I ever thought possible when I was growing up in Mississippi.

Despite the incredible progress we’ve made, not a single southern state has the freedom to marry yet — and it’s time we take our movement to the next level to make that happen.

People here in the South really do support loving same-sex couples and I know that from my own experience. We can win the freedom to marry here, but it’s going to take all of us working together. Let’s continue the conversation about why marriage matters.

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Openly gay Lance Bass posts pic with The Bachelor’s “Gays are more pervert” Juan Pablo Galavis

Lance Bass posted this pic on his Instagram account today with The Bachelor’s Juan Pablo Galavis saying,  “So good to see my old pal Juan Pablo! Been waaay too long! Just keep your ‘perverted’ hands off me!!”

Last month, during Galavis’ public dust-up over regarding gays as “more pervert,” *NSYNC’s Bass spoke out in his defense.

“I don’t hate him at all,” Bass said. “I still think he’s cute.”  Bass added at the time he has a massive crush on Galavis.

Galavis, who grew up in Venezuela, later said he respects gay people and blamed a language barrier for his use of the word “pervert.”

New Music: Lance Bass & Anise K – “Walking On Air” feat. Bella Blue

Lance Bass of *NSYNC fame has released his first new music in over a decade with his new song “Walking On Air.”

From Billboard:

“Walking On Air” was written by producer/songwriter/singer Anise K. The song features Bella Blue and Snoop Dogg as well.

“It’s fun, good dance music and that’s what appealed to me,” Bass said. “It had this really cool almost Arabian sound to it with the sitar which I really love and I don’t think it’s used enough here in America, so that was very different to me and knew it would stand out.”


Lance Bass of ‘NSYNC is engaged

Lance Bass announced on Instagram today that he’s engaged to boyfriend Michael Turchin.

“He said YES!!” Bass tweeted “Love this man.”

“Happiest guy in the world,” wrote Turchin.

The couple, who live in Los Angeles, have been dating since December 2011.

Turchin is an actor and model, and self-described “nice Jewish boy” on Twitter. Bass most recently joined his former band mates on stage during the MTV video music awards.

(via source)