Former N Sync singer Lance Bass has a feeling that one of the members of popular boy band One Direction is gay.
The singer, who kept his own sexuality secret during his group's heyday to protect the band's image, feels that the same thing could be going with one of the members -- Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson -- of 1D.
"Statistically speaking, one probably is (gay)," Bass tells The Rubin Report. "It's crazy with a market like that, because 100 per cent is young women, and they fantasize about these guys. Then you have the record label and everyone grooming you to make sure that you don't even mention you have a girlfriend."
Bass says he even hid the fact that he was gay from himself.
"I even hid it from myself. I didn't have any relationships [with men]. As long as I was with 'N Sync, I was completely asexual," he adds.
Lance also says he was worried about how his own bandmates would feel if he came out.
"I felt like I had four of my best friends' careers in my hands," he said. "It was a different time. . . 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."
But Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone were all very supportive when Lance shared his secret with the world, which happened after the times changed and it became more acceptable.
"I was expecting the Lenos of the world to really just give it to me, but it was the first time I really heard people say, 'Who cares anymore?' That was a nice change for me," Bass says.