Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with ... Lance Bass

updated 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

• A year after coming out in PEOPLE, the former 'N Sync star, now in Hairspray on Broadway, talks about life since then—and his new memoir.

HOW'S YOUR LOVE LIFE? It's the first time in my out gay adult life that I'm able to date, and it's nice. For a while I felt like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

YOU CAME OUT TO BRITNEY SPEARS IN '04—WHY? It was after she got married [to Jason Alexander]. She knew it was going to be a bad day. I felt I needed to share something very personal so she'd feel a little better. So I said, "Well, I'm gay." She was stunned—like, "Okay ..." She's a sweet girl, just a little lost. She needs some old friends in her life. And she'll realize that one day.

IS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE—WHOM YOU SAY IN YOUR BOOK YOU FELT "BETRAYED" BY WHEN HE LEFT 'N SYNC—STILL IN YOUR LIFE? Justin and I are like brothers. That story isn't that big of a deal to us. I sent him a copy of the book, but I doubt he read it—none of the guys like to read!

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