This Week in PEOPLE History

In 2006, Lance Bass came out, in 1986, there was yet another grand royal wedding, and more from the PEOPLE archives


Five years after 'NSYNC broke up, Lance Bass finally decided to tell the world the secret that had been weighing on him for years: He's gay. "I knew that I was in this popular band, and I had four other guys' careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said [that I was gay], it would overpower everything," Bass told PEOPLE. Still, after coming out, Bass admitted, "I'm more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life."
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