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Lance Bass on One Direction: ‘My Guess Is One of Them Is Gay’

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Lance Bass is generally an uncontroversial person (aside from that whole space field trip he wanted to take), but he’s found himself embroiled in a bit of controversy after he offered his opinion of One Direction‘s sexuality.

The former ‘N Sync member was on ‘The Rubin Report,’ to discuss the big news of NBA player, Jason Collins coming out this week. The conversation quickly turned about Lance Bass coming out himself in 2006 and the probability of one of the members of One Direction being gay himself. Bass said,

“Well, statistically speaking, one probably is. It’s crazy with a market like that because 100 percent is young women. And they fantasize about these guys, and then you have the record label and everyone grooming you to make sure that you don’t even mention you have a girlfriend. So screw the fact that you’re gonna come out as being gay. It ruins their whole business plan.”

The man has a very valid point, whether Directioners like it or not, that even if one of the 1D guys is gay, he may feel compelled to hide it even though fans, press, etc… would probably be very welcoming. A openly gay boy band member could cost his bandmates and management a lot of money, as Bass noted, “I felt like I had four of my best friends’ careers in my hands. I felt that if anyone found out that it would be the end of the group, everyone would completely make fun of us, and we would no longer make music anymore. Which might have happened.” This day in age though, we would think there’s a market for a gay boy band member. It’s 2013, afterall!

Of course, as soon as this video was released, Bass encountered major backlash. He tweeted at Perez Hilton, “Oh Perez- did u even hear the interview? I never said a member of 1D was gay- how could i even know that fact? if im found dead question every 15 yr old.” Ha!

“But all the guys of One Direction have girlfriends, they couldn’t possibly be gay,” you say. Well, Lance Bass also dated Danielle Fishel, so that shoots a hole in your logic right there.

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