Justin Timberlake walked away from *NSYNC to become one of Hollywood’s most sought after personalities. But that wasn’t the case for Lance Bass.
Opening up about his solo career, the former boy band heartthrob has suggested his songs didn’t get airtime in the US because of his sexual orientation.
He tells Page Six that his 2014 track "Walking on Air", which also features rapper Snoop Dogg “went number one everywhere… except America.”
The song, by Australian artist Anise K and featuring Lance Bass, Snoop Dogg, Bella Blue and Ian Thomas, does not appear to have been released in Australia, despite being partially filmed in Sydney.
“The radio stations wouldn’t play my songs… I don’t know if it’s because I’m gay or if it’s because I’m from *NSYNC, but the politics around it is so crazy and I don’t care to deal with that [bleep],” he says.
Bass came out as gay in 2006, four years after the group split up. He has since revealed he felt bullied into making his sexuality known to his fans by celebrity bloggers like Perez Hilton.
“So, because of the bloggers like him hounding me, all the other magazines started calling me and saying, ‘Look, we know you’re gay, you can write the story with or without us, but we have to write it’,” he tells Attitude.
“I decided to go with People [magazine] and I think they did a great job. I had 24 hours to decide if I was going to come out or not, and within 24 hours it was on the stands.”