Fans are more than excited for *NSYNC getting their star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Monday.
Thousands of super-fans camped out Sunday night to get a chance to see the iconic boyband be honoured with their star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, J.C. Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick will get their star not too far from other famous boybands like New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and New Edition.
Inducted by former MTV “TRL” host Carson Daly and Ellen DeGeneres, fans shut down the busy street, screaming as the former bandmates received their star.
“This is so surreal,” Timberlake says to screams. “You guys are the best fans in the world.”
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“These four guys mean so much to me and we’re really a family,” he continues. “The memories that we had and the times that we shared and the families that we built from it… I don’t even think I could put into words how much you guys mean to me. Just through hard times, through unbelievable times, through times when we were going, ‘What the –‘ I just love all of you so much.”
Timberlake thanked the bands’ moms and gave a special shout-out to wife, Jessica Biel.
Bass used his time at the mic to express his thoughts on being able to come out as a gay man.
“Growing up in the Mississippi in a Southern Baptist church where everyone knows your business, I had a secret – I was gay,” Bass tells the crowd.
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“You’re gay?!” Fatone mouths jokingly in the background. “Yes fellas, I’m gay,” Bass responds to laughs and cheers from the crowd.
“I never thought I would be able to tell anyone because not only was I terrified of lasting rejection, 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. Our wildest dreams were coming true and I was so incredibly thankful and I still am.”
“So many nights on stage I saw gay fans singing their hearts out and I wanted to badly to let you know, I was you. I just didn’t have the strength then,” he says to applause. “But I do today.”
“Let me say loud and proud to all of my LGBT brothers and sister who have embraced me and showed me the way to be who I am – thank you so much,” Bass says.
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Before announcing their hiatus in 2002, the group had sold more than 42 million albums worldwide.