Lance Bass Gave Jason Collins Advice Before He Came Out

Lance Bass reportedly gave Jason Collins advice on coming out prior to the basketball star’s announcement.

Before Collins made history as the first active pro athlete to come out, he asked the former N’Sync band member for some advice on how to deal with the public. Bass said he opened up to the Washington Wizards center about his own personal experiences with coming out.

“He’s been trying to plan this for a very long time, contemplating if he wanted to do this. In fact, he said he was going to call me months ago but was too scared, because he wanted to tell me,” Lance Bass explained on his Sirius XM show.

He continued, “I told [Collins], look, this is what I wish would have happened when I came out … because when I came out I had 24 hours to decide what was going to happen, because basically the magazine said ‘We’re doing it with or without you.”

Lance Bass said he felt he gave Jason Collins some “pretty good advice” during their chat. When the former boy band member called the basketball star to ask him how everything went, Collins gave him a positive response.

“Of course everybody wants to interview him … and he was figuring out who would get that first sit down. He calls and I was like ‘So, how is your day going?’ And he was like ‘Well, just got off the phone with two presidents and Oprah, so pretty good,'” Bass explained on his Dirty Pop radio show.

Jason Collins recently sat down with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America to discuss the process he went through before he finally came out.

“I think they call it like the 12 steps. You go through anger and denial, but when you finally get to that point of acceptance, there’s nothing more beautiful. And just allowing yourself to really be happy, and be comfortable in your own skin,” Collins explained.

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