The former 'N Syncer says, "I love NY" despite a recent interview

By Simon Perry
August 28, 2007 09:00 AM

Lance Bass wants to set the record straight – he loves New York.

The former ‘N Syncer has been hurt by what he calls “fake quotes” in an interview with New York magazine, in which he says the reporter put “words in my mouth.”

Bass, 28 – who is currently in Manhattan starring as Corny Collins in Hairspray – makes the case in a posting on his MySpace page, saying, “This dumb reporter just put words in my mouth and turned everything I said into a negative. I told her I love NY and I will probably be doing the bi-coastal thing now because I love it so much.”

As for what exactly got him so worked up, here’s a breakdown:

The claim: It took him three weeks to find an apartment. “There’s a lot of pieces of crap here for a lot of money,” he was quoted as saying. “And I don’t think anyone here has any style.”

His response? “I told her the first few apts I looked at were pieces of crap and the owners had no style at all… that turned into ‘Lance thinks New Yorkers have no style!'”

The claim: He’s not hanging out at fellow ‘N Sync alum Justin Timberlake’s barbecue joint. “I’ve been a few times,” he says. “But it’s really up there. The Upper East Side? I’m not in college anymore.”

His response? “I eat at Justins new place all the time, but it is really far away in the upper east side and always full of a college crowd. She turned that into ‘Lance doesnt go to Justins restaurant cause its too far away and he doesnt like it because he is not in college anymore!’ Um.. I didnt go to college, why the hell would I say that!”

A rep for New York tells PEOPLE, “We fully stand behind our reporting.” The magazine also has published a point-by-point rebuttal on its blog, adding, “Bass now says he’s going bi-coastal; he never mentioned that to us, but we’re glad to hear it! Welcome to New York, Lance.”