‘Lance Loves Michael’ E! Special: Lance Bass Reveals Fears of Coming Out Before
As he finally admits to his secret and settles down to married life with husband Michael Turchin, Lance Bass finally reveals why he didn’t come out earlier and loosen the burden on his shoulders.
On Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, the wedding special “Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding,” featuring the December wedding of ‘N Sync member Lance Bass to Michael Turchin, was shown on E! at 8:00 p.m. And in a sneak peek released prior to the special, Bass confessed of his fears should his homosexuality be revealed particularly to his ‘N Sync bandmates.
Bass admits that he knew that he was gay from the start, but because of his profession as a member of a boy band, it was hard to just fess up. He was afraid that even if he told anyone outside of ‘N Sync about it, the news would still spread like wildfire and cause trouble between him and his friends.
“The guys would hate me, and they would leave the group and be like ‘We’re not going to be in a group with a gay guy,’” Bass said, as published on the HollywoodLife.com.
But finally, Bass gathered enough confidence and came out in 2006. And now, he is finally married to Turchin and is happy to know that everyone accepted them. Bass happily said, “I love being able to live the life that I live now.”
Turchin and Bass were married on Dec. 20, 2014, at the Park Plaza Hotel in LA. The wedding featured some classic traditions based from the couple’s respective religious beliefs, with Bass being a southern Baptist and Turchin being Jewish. Many of the couple’s celebrity friends came including Bass’s former ‘N Sync bandmates, except for Justin Timberlake who was doing his tour back then.
“Lance Loves Michael” came down in American TV history as the first gay celebrity wedding ever featured on TV. In an interview, Turchin admitted that after their engagement, E! approached them and offered to televise their wedding. The couple initially rejected the idea but later thought that this could be a way for them to show others that homosexuality is not a bad idea to delve into.
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