The 27-year-old was afraid of coming out as a homosexual during his time with the boy band because he feared his sexuality would damage the group's commercial prospects.
He tells 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.
"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."
Since the boy band leaped to fame in 1997, his bandmates Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasezand Joey Fatone have been romantically linked to a host of female celebrities, but Bass' love life has remained low-key.
He adds, "The thing is, I'm not ashamed--that's the one thing I want to say. 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 main reason I wanted to speak my mind was that (the rumors) really were starting to affect my daily life. Now it feels like it's on my terms. I'm at peace with my family, my friends, myself and God so there's really nothing else that I worry about."
He says, "He took years to really think about how he was going to tell everyone. I back him up 100 percent."
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