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    Lance Bass on Boy Bands: One of Them Is Probably Gay

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    Lance Bass is just facing facts.

    The former 'N Sync member stopped by The Rubin Report to discuss his friend and NBA player Jason Collins coming out as a gay man, and the conversation began to focus on Bass' old turf—boy bands.

    "There is one other place where coming out, I feel, would be frowned upon and I think it's from the world you came from—the boy band situation," host Dave Rubin said to Lance. "If you took one of these One Direction kids, because they basically are kids, my guess is one of them is gay."

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    "Well, statistically speaking, one probably is," Bass responded before giving some insight on the industry.

    "It's crazy with a market like that because 100 percent is young women. And they fantasize about these guys, and then you have the record label and everyone grooming you to make sure that you don't even mention you have a girlfriend," he said. "So screw the fact that you're gonna come out as being gay. It ruins their whole business plan."

    Louis TomlinsonandHarry Styles' bromance became questioned as to whether or not it was an actual gay love affair last summer, but the One Direction bandmates slammed the rumors right away.

    "This is a subject that was funny at first but now is actually hard to deal with in a relationship," Tomlinson said.

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    "Me and Harry are best friends, people look into our every move—it is actually affecting the way me and Harry are in public. We want to joke around, but there seems to be a different rumor every time we do anything. I act the same way with Harry as I do [with] any of the other boys and my childhood friend Stan."

    Bass also stated that during his boy-band days, he never mentioned that he was gay to anybody, not even the guys. 

    "I felt like I had four of my best friends' careers in my hands. I felt that if anyone found out that it would be the end of the group, everyone would completely make fun of us, and we would no longer make music anymore. Which might have happened."

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