We went one-on-one with *NSYNC’s Lance Bass at the premiere of Gay Chorus Deep South at the Tribeca Film Festival! He shared his coming out story, details of his Coachella performance with Ariana Grande, and more.

Tribeca Film Festival’s premiere of Gay Chorus Deep South was all about celebrating the LGBTQ community, and *NSYNC’s Lance Bass proudly shared his coming out story on the red carpet.

“It was a scary time back then, to come out” said Bass to Celebrity Page senior correspondent Arthur Kade. “It was different 15 years ago; it was a career killer. And now, no one’s scared of that anymore.”

The singer also expressed gratitude that he can use his platform to help others in the community.

“Being able to spread that message, especially in my home state of Mississippi, is something special, because when I did come out, the state turned its back on me. It erased me from history. And slowly, they have welcomed me back home. It’s changing, but we have a long way to go.” — Lance Bass

The past month has been major for Bass, who in April made a surprise appearance alongside fellow *NSYNC members during Ariana Grande’s Coachella performance.

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“All it took is Ariana Grande to get us back together,” Bass told Kade. “As *NSYNC, we always needed a nice pop princess with us, so she fits the mold!”

And as it turns out, it was Grande’s idea to do the original choreography from 1996!

“We had not done it in over 20 years, so that was fun. It was a challenge,” said Bass. “I’m definitely not moving as well as I was!”