Lance Bass got the order wrong. It's supposed to be "over and out," not "out and over."
As it is, the onetime 'N Sync member has split with former Amazing Race contestant Reichen Lehmkuhl, less than five months after copping to the coupling, a publicist for the reality star confirmed today to E! News.
It's unclear exactly how long the camera-ready twosome were together, but the duo first revealed their relationship back in July, when Bass came out to People magazine, retroactively breaking teenage hearts and silencing increasingly noisy Internet chatter questioning his sexual orientation.
At the time, the 27-year-old former boy-bander said he and Lehmkuhl had been involved for "several" months, saying they met when Bass hired Lehmkuhl as a real estate agent.
In the short time since his coming out, Bass has attended countless soirees, premieres and benefits with Lehmkuhl by his side, and vice versa, with the duo recently making the rounds to celebrate the release of the 32-year-old Amazing Racer's memoir, Here's What We'll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force Academy, in which he describes his experience as a gay man in the military.
Almost as long as they were publicly together, they were dogged with reports their relationship was on the rocks.
Back in August, Bass first spoke out against the speculation, stating that the couple was "very happy." The rumors resurfaced late last week, when Bass was spotted partying without Lehmkuhl Friday at Pure nightclub in Las Vegas.
Bass was the first of several celebrities to come out in recent months, with Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight and erstwhile Doogie Howser practitioner Neil Patrick Harris both since confirming they are gay.
In the meantime, while Lehmkuhl has his book launch to fall back on in the aftermath of the split, Bass also has some work to tend to.
The pop star has long been developing a faux-reality sitcom pilot based on The Odd Couple, alongside former bandmate Joey Fatone. In the series, which has yet to be picked up by a network, Bass' character is slated to be openly gay.