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

2006: LANCE BASS COMES OUT

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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