The 'N Sync Star applauds Aiken's decision to come out

By Regan Alexander and Rennie Dyball
Updated September 25, 2008 10:00 AM
Credit: Dara Kushner/INF

Support continues to pour in for Clay Aiken, who publicly acknowledges he’s gay in the upcoming issue of PEOPLE. His latest well-wisher: Lance Bass, who came out on the cover of PEOPLE two years ago.

“I’m happy for him,” says Bass, 29. “It’s good to see someone actually being true to who they are. I think it’s something that’s nice to share with the world, because it really does relieve a lot of pressure off of you.”

The former ‘N Sync-er (who is currently on Dancing with the Stars) adds that he believes Aiken will “live his life the way he wants to live it and that’s the best advice I can give him.”

And like Aiken (now a father to 7-week-old son Parker), Bass says he, too, hopes to have children: “But I have to find the right person to do it with. I’ve always dreamed of having a large family.”

Still, Bass jokes of Aiken s decision to share his story the same way he did: “Coming out on the cover of PEOPLE magazine? I mean, c’mon. Can’t he be just a little bit more original?”

The Clay Aiken cover story of PEOPLE hits newsstands Friday.

2003: Relive Clay’s Idol days!
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