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.
One day after the boy band sent out a tweet hinting at a reunion at Sunday’s awards show, Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick took the stage together.
As if no time had passed, the guys — J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Timberlake — performed their iconic “Bye Bye Bye” choreography. The performance lived up to expectations although most fans would admit they’d have liked more than a few minutes of this reunion 10 years in the making.
Back in the 90s, I was a big fan of the “boy band” music with 98 Degree, N’Sync and Backstreet Boys. I’m not as familiar with the new crop of bands, although from what I’ve been hearing I thought One Direction was pretty much the top dog these days. Guess I was wrong…