Monday, July 31, 2006
Bass' boyfriend is native of Cincinnati
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND THE ENQUIRER
Lance Bass' boyfriend, Cincinnati native Reichen Lehmkuhl, says he is thrilled that the former 'N Sync star revealed that he is gay.
"I will say that Lance is happier than he has ever been," said Lehmkuhl, who won season four of "The Amazing Race" on CBS. "It has been a long ride and it's a huge relief, and I couldn't be happier for him and I couldn't be more proud of him."
Bass, 27, decided to "speak my mind" because rumors about his sexuality were starting to affect his daily life. The singer also said he is in a "very stable" relationship with Lehmkuhl, 32, who attended St. Ann's Elementary in Groesbeck, where he was known as Rick.
He moved to Boston with his mother when he was 10. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and went to California to be a flight instructor and model.
'N Sync, known for a string of hits including "Bye Bye Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me," went on hiatus in 2002.
"Lance is one of my great friends," 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake said. "I support him and wish him all the happiness in the world."
Lehmkuhl told "Access Hollywood" that Bass' sexuality will not affect his career. "No, not at all," he said. "I think it is always best in your career to be honest.
"He is going to have more support and more happiness and more freedom than he has ever had before and it is going to be a liberating experience. I guarantee it."