When erstwhile boybander Lance Bass came out in 2006, he told People magazine, “Being who I am and living my life the last few years and not hiding it, I’ve met so many people like me that it’s really encouraged me. I kind of call them the SAGs—the straight-acting gays. We’re just normal, typical guys. I love to watch football and drink beer.”
Now, he says that he regrets the way his coming out unfolded, telling Wonderwall, “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.”
Years later, Bass is engaged to be married to fiancé Michael Turchin with normal, typical white picket fences in his eyes. The two plan to get married in California where Bass exercised what ammunition he had left to support the marriage equality cause.
“I was very involved in Prop 8 opposition,” he explained. “It’s something that would be very meaningful to me to be married where I live and just because of how hard my friends worked on letting us be able to get married here.”
In the meantime, Bass is working overtime on making a comeback happen, pimping his new song, “Walking on Air,” which Bass insists bears no resemblance to the Katy Perry
nightmare track of the same name. Produced by Australian producer Anise K—whom Bass boasts “could be the next David Guetta”— the track also features Bella Blue, who recorded another version of the song with Snoop Dogg earlier this year.
“There’s a guest rapper on it too,” Bass said. “And that’s going to throw people when you see my name next to his.”
We all know the rapper is Snoop, Lance, and we’re not thrown — not even a little bit. But hey, Snoop’s got bills to pay and so do you. After all, someone’s got to bankroll that over-the-top wedding as well as the house he and Turchin recently bought together. And this song—which sounds like something Rhianna spit into the ashtray with the rest of her roaches—is what we call a paycheck.