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In what can only be described as “painfully obvious” and “on par with Paris Hilton admitting she really is an overused human condom,” Lance Bass has revealed that he’s gay.

The former ‘N Sync member recently opened up to People magazine.

“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,” said Bass, referring to bandmates Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake.

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Rumors of whether or not Joey Fatone would wanna be overpowered by Lance were not confirmed.

“I didn’t know: Could that be the end of ‘N Sync? So I had that weight on me of like, ‘Wow, if I ever let anyone know, it’s bad.’ So I just never did,” he said, speaking about his sexual orientation for the first time with PEOPLE.

After years of keeping his personal life private, Bass, 27, is publicly revealing what he first shared with his friends, then his shocked family. We assume they were shocked because they never actually spoke with Lance or looked at him.

Longtime pal and Jessica Simpson video cohort, actress Christina Applegate, said: “I’ve always accepted him as who he is. It’s about his own serenity at this point.”

Having pursued acting, producing and, oddly enough, space flight after ‘N Sync went on hiatus in 2002, Bass now is looking ahead to new beginnings. He’s in a “very stable” relationship with model-actor-Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl, 32, and is developing an Odd Couple-inspired sitcom pilot with Fatone in which his character will be gay.

“The thing is, I’m not ashamed — that’s the one thing I want to say,” he explained of his decision to come out. “I don’t think it’s wrong, I’m not devastated going through this. I’m more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I’m just happy.”

The Gossip is all for being true to yourself. That’s why we hope Kevin Federline admits to his useless white trashness soon. We’re here for you, Kev.