In an exclusive interview with People magazine, former *N SYNC heartthrob, came out of the closet. Bass says the reason it took him so long to officially announce it was that he was afraid it would hurt the band. He says, ” had four other guys’ careers in my hand, and it (being gay) would overpower everything.” Most importantly he says he is not ashamed, but glad that the truth has been told on his terms rather than in response to the many rumors that have circulated. He is in a happy relationship with a winner of The Amazing Race. For more on the story go visit People magazine.