Like Perez Hilton, Nicki Minaj and a number of other celebrities before him, Lance Bass is speaking out about the gay teens, including Tyler Clementi, who recently committed suicide after being victims of bullying. The former 'NSYNCer says that despite how out of place you might feel now, it won't always be that way.
"I was really shocked — so many suicides so recently," he told MTV News on Friday (October 1). "You know the school year has just begun, so that obviously has something to do with it. It makes me so sad. It's an unnecessary thing to do."
Bass understands the complexities of being young and gay, even if you aren't out. "I can tell you right now, when I was in high school in Mississippi, I was one of the first ones to jump on the bandwagon to make fun of a gay person, and look how I turned out," he explained. "I had the secret this whole time. And so if people can look at me and see that I was one of those bullies that, like, always made fun of gay people and I had this huge secret, there is always more to the story than you see."
Bass now says he gets how hard it is to sort out your feelings as a teenager. He understands that not everyone is outgoing enough to find a support system. His advice is to try to find a small group of friends to rely on and talk to about it. You don't have to tell the world, but you should have someone you can tell.
"I really didn't get picked on because I really tried to stay in the background. I tried to stay friends with every single person, but a lot of kids aren't that lucky to be able to socialize like other kids," he said. "They don't have that skill or even don't want to and those are the ones that get picked on just because they're not best friends with the most popular person or they don't have the best clothes or they might be a little more poor than someone else. They don't realize it doesn't matter right now. It doesn't matter at all."