11/22/2013 10:58 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Lance Bass Says Coming Out Was 'Very Rushed,' Wishes He Could Take It Back

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Former boy band heartthrob Lance Bass sat down for an exclusive interview with Wonderwall this week, where the singer discusses, among other things, his experiences coming out as gay over seven years ago.

Bass came out on the cover of People magazine in August 2006, and has since become one of the most prominent out gay men in the entertainment industry. However, as he told Wonderwall, the way in which he came out wasn't necessarily his choice.

"Looking back on my coming out, it was definitely a different story. It was very rushed. If there was one thing that I could take back, it was how rushed it came out, but that wasn't up to me," he told Wonderwall. "I had 24 hours to do it. I would love to have had a chance to sit down and figure out a way it could really hit in a positive way to change people's minds [about LGBT people]."

The N*SYNC star, who announced his engagement to longtime boyfriend Michael Turchin in September, continued, "At the time, I wasn't involved in the LGBT community and I was uneducated with what the issues were and what was going on at the time. When the story was at its height, I could've had some really great ammunition to support the LGBT community.”

Click here to read the rest of the interview where Bass discusses his American Music Awards hosting gig, his upcoming wedding plans, and his relationship with fiancé Turchin.



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