“We were hanging out at a club one time,” said Fatone, “and we went back to his house to hang out and party and drink some more. I passed out in his guest bedroom. I woke up at, like, 3 or 4 in the morning. I’m like, ‘Damn. I got to go home.’ So I went to go to his room. I knock on his door, I open it up. And one of his ‘friends’ was sitting on his lap.”
The story was all in good fun, and Fatone was sure to mention that Bass and his boyfriend were definitely not naked. Fatone said to them, “Uh, let me know when you’re done,” before shutting the door and leaving. Although Fatone had figured out Bass’s secret, he didn’t out his friend because Bass wanted to tell other people in his own time.
In the ’90s, it was a lot less easy to be openly gay, especially while in the public eye. But looking back, Bass might have changed a thing or two, saying, “If I was giving advice to my 16-year-old self, I would say, ‘Go ahead and be yourself right now. Don’t worry about what other people think of you or what they say about you.’ I wish I would have realized that I was gay at such a young age and been able to be comfortable with it — to tell everyone — because my experience with NSYNC, I think, would have been completely different.”
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