It’s been 15 years since NSYNC said bye, bye, bye and went their separate ways, but could a reunion finally be in the offing?
That’s the question on everyone’s mind following some intriguing comments from Justin Timberlake when the platinum boyband gathered to christen their Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
For the first time in years, Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and JC Chasez were back together with friends like Ellen DeGeneres and TRL‘s iconic host Carson Daly on Hollywood Boulevard on Monday (April 30).
JT took time to thank “the greatest fans” in the world, and closed with a nod to a “future” for the group that has sold over 70 million records worldwide (via Billboard).
“I can’t wait to see what the future holds,” he teased.
Another poignant moment during the ceremony came when Lance Bass credited his experience within NSYNC as crucial to his process of self-acceptance.
“The other thing I need to say today is something I’ve been trying to put into words maybe my whole life. Growing up in Mississippi in a Southern Baptist church in a town where everyone knows your business, I had a secret. I was gay,” he explained.
“At the time, I thought I’d never be able to tell anyone because not only was I terrified of the lasting rejection… but more than that, I didn’t want to jeopardize the careers of these guys up here, much less the hundreds of amazing people who worked tirelessly to bring NSYNC to the world.
“I thought if I had come out, NSYNC would be over, so out of fear, I kept my secret. And our wildest dreams were coming true and I was so incredibly thankful and I still am. But so many nights onstage, I’d see young gay fans singing their hearts out and I wanted so badly to let you know, I was you.
“I just didn’t have the strength then. But I do today, and so let me say loud and proud to all my LGBT brothers and sisters who embraced me and showed me the way to be who I am, thank you so much.”
The boyband last performed together publicly when Timberlake accepted the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013. There was speculation that NSYNC would be a part of Timberlake’s Super Bowl performance earlier this year, but that never came to pass.
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