Why Lance Bass Thought Fans Would Label Him a 'Liar' After He Came Out
Coming out was a nerve-wracking experience for Lance Bass.
While recently speaking about Bachelor alum Colton Underwood coming out as gay, the former *NSYNC singer opened up about his own coming out experience, which he says was “scary.”
Lance Bass pointed out the similarities between his and Colton Underwood’s coming out experiences
On Apr. 15, Bass joined Bachelor Nation stars Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti on their The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous podcast, where he weighed in on former Bachelor Colton Underwood recently coming out as gay on Good Morning America.
During the conversation, Bass, who came out publicly as gay in 2006, touched up the similarities between himself and Underwood, who he applauded for embracing his true self.
“In this business, you meet tons of people that are still in the closet and there’s several major actors and musicians out there that still have not been able to come out publicly because they fear many things,” Bass told Higgins and Iaconetti. “Everyone’s coming out is their own story. And I’m just glad that Colton could tell his story.”
The former *NSYNC singer went on to share that he “can really relate” to Underwood’s coming out experience, explaining that he too was afraid of how people would respond to him coming forward with his sexuality.
“I can really relate to his experience because in a way, I was kind of like in a Bachelor Nation situation where 90% of my fans were women and they all thought I was straight,” Bass said. “And I made my money off of women, right, and singing about love and using that market. So, me coming out, it was scary because I was like, ‘Oh crap, now everyone is going to see me as a liar, and why did I do this to them?’ You start telling yourself all these just the worst-case-possible scenarios of everything.”
Being a member of a boy band was the main reason why Lance Bass was reluctant to come out
Though he has been living his truth for more than a decade, Bass hasn’t always felt comfortable embracing who he truly is in the public eye.
During the podcast, the singer revealed that being a member of *NSYNC was the reason it took him so long to finally come out.
“As long as I was in the group, I didn’t want to even talk about it, mention it, act on it, because it was so ingrained in me that if anyone found out I was gay, #NSYNC would be over. Done,” he shared. “And now I have my four best friends’ careers in my hands that I just completely just trashed. I just didn’t want to hurt my group.”
Bass also noted his upbringing in Mississippi as a factor in his reluctance to come forward about his sexuality.
“I grew up in the church, going to church three times a week,” he continued. “You’re taught that gay people are going to hell. When that’s instilled [in] you at such a young age, you think that’s the truth.”
Lance Bass left some advice for Colton Underwood
Though Bass relates to Underwood’s coming out experience, he wasn’t really a fan of how the reality star chose to reveal his sexuality.
“He definitely going to get a lot of backlash from the community at first,” the singer said. “Not the majority but there is a small percentage of the community that’s just going to not like the fact that he came out this way, that he’s using this as monetizing the experience.”
Bass explained that not all members of the LGBTQ+ community are supportive of those celebrities who come out after already making a name for themselves in the entertainment industry.
“So when someone comes out as a public figure, so many people immediately go, ‘It’s too late,’” he elaborated. “They don’t like to support it because they don’t feel like you know what you’re talking about yet.”
Though the singer thinks Underwood could “help the [LGBTQ] community” — especially with his potential Netflix series — he’s convinced it’ll take some before that happens.
Until then, Bass advises Underwood to just “listen and learn.”
“That’s all you need to do right now, is just listen to the community, listen to everyone around you,” he said. “Educate yourself and then you’ll naturally find where you belong in this community. But the best thing to do right now is sit back, listen and learn.”
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