April 30, 2013


Jason Collins Called *NSYNC's Lance Bass for Tips on Coming Out

Astrid Stawiarz / Rocky Widner
Astrid Stawiarz / Rocky Widner

Following his recent coming out, everyone from President Obama to Oprah Winfrey is calling NBA star Jason Collins to chat. But before he made that brave choice, Collins made a point to phone former *NSYNC singer Lance Bass for advice on how to handle his public revelation.

On his SiriusXM show Dirty Pop With Lance Bass, the boy band singer revealed his pregame huddle with the basketball player. 

"Jason told me, 'I don't know many gay people because all my life has been is sports. I've had such a crazy schedule I never had to think about my private life.' So I gave him some really great connections," Bass said. "Like [My So-Called Life actor] Wilson Cruz is helping out, so he's going to sit down with GLAAD and get some really good information before he does these [media] sit-downs so he doesn't put his foot in his mouth and say something that he's going to regret."

Bass said he envied Collins for being able to plan out the timing of his revelation—a luxury that was not afforded to him back in 2006. 

"I told him, 'Look, this is what I wish would have happened when I came out,'" Bass recalled. "I had 24 hours to decide what was going to happen, because basically the magazine [People] said, 'We're doing it with or without you.'"

Yikes. That sounds unpleasant. Well, we're glad to hear Collins had the luxury of touching base with Bass before making his decision to reveal his orientation.