Chris Kirkpatrick: 'Awesome' Lance Thought I Was Gay

10/28/2007 at 11:15 AM EDT

Chris Kirkpatrick: 'Awesome' Lance Thought I Was Gay
Chris Kirkpatrick
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Chris Kirkpatrick doesn't mind that fellow 'N Sync star Lance Bass thought he was gay when they were younger.

"I think it's awesome that Lance thought I was gay while we were in the band together," Kirkpatrick told PEOPLE Friday in Chicago at Underground for a party to raise money for the charity After School Matters. "He's been going through a lot after coming out, and we respect that and give him his space."

In the November issue of GQ magazine, Bass said, "We thought Justin [Timberlake] was gay because he told us he wanted to do a gay part in a movieā€¦.We thought Chris [Kirkpatrick] was gay because he used to hang out with a choreographer."

Kirkpatrick, 36, said that he is still close to all his former bandmates. "The last one I saw two weeks ago was Joey [Fatone], and he's doing great with his TV show. The guys and I all keep in touch. In fact, my birthday was last week, and they all called me to wish me a happy birthday."

Looking back on the years with the band, Kirkpatrick said, "I was very blessed with 'N Sync. It was a big success and it was a lot of fun."

But he doesn't miss all that touring. "Now I can just sit back and do what I love, fool around and make some great stuff and experiment musically, which has been a lot of fun."

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