This deserves five stars: *NSYNC is back – at least for a day!
JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Justin Timberlake reunited to unveil their star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Monday afternoon (April 30) in Hollywood. This event marks the first time all five of them have been together in public in nearly two years!
Ellen DeGeneres and Carson Daly were both present during the ceremony and took time to good-naturedly roast the five guys who make up one of the most successful boy bands in music history.
In her speech, Ellen hilariously said:
“I watched this band evolve over the years, and by that I meant I spent 10 minutes reading their Wikipedia page. They actually got their name from a comment Justin Timberlake’s mom made about their singing. She said when they sang they sounded in sync. You’re very, very lucky because if my mother named your band it would have been called, ‘Stop that racket, I’m trying to watch my stories.
Of course the band is made up of the cute one, the bad boy, the sensitive one, the sexy one and Joey.”
And Carson’s speech was also pretty epic:
“I was one of the very lucky people who got to hang with these guys when the entire world wanted to hang with them. And keep in mind, this was a time when Justin’s perm was the envy of poodles and sheep everywhere, Lance was known for dating actresses not actors, JC discovered the fountain of youth apparently, Chris was rocking cornrows and braids, and of course, I spent most of my time with Joey, because he was 25 years older than the rest of the guys.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Justin emotionally shared how important his bandmates are to him:
“These four guys mean so much to me. We’re really a family and the memories that we have and the times that we’ve shared and the families that we’ve built from it…I don’t think I could really put into words how much the four of you mean to me.”
And JC took advantage of the event’s awesome timing, and declared:
“By the way, if there’s any of you that didn’t know, tomorrow, it’s gonna be may!”
(Singing the last few words to the tune of *NSYNC’s hit “It’s Gonna Be Me”, of course!)
Lance also touchingly opened up about why he stayed in the closet during *NSYNC days. In his emotional, heartfelt speech, the 38-year-old said:
“I want to thank these four guys right here: Joey, JC, Chris, Justin. We’re brothers. We’re family. Out of all this, the music, the tours, the love from the fans, it’s my brotherhood I’m most thankful for. I was a kid when we came together and I’m a man today because of the family I have and you. I love you guys.
The other thing I want to say here today is something I’ve been trying to put into words maybe my whole life. Growing up in Mississippi and in a Southern Baptist church, in a town where everyone knows your business, I had a secret: I was gay (Joey jokingly looks shocked). Yes guys, I’m gay! I am! And at the time, I thought that I would never be able to tell anyone because not only was I terrified of the lasting rejection — I was certain that that would happen — 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 I kept my secret. And our wildest dreams were coming true and we were so incredibly thankful — and I still am. But so many nights onstage, I’d see so many 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 embrace me and show me the way to be who I am, thank you so much.”
Lance then thanked his “gorgeous husband” Michael Turchin.
So much love!
Congratulations, guys! Reunion please pretty please with cherry on top?