Lance Bass opens up to PEOPLE about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected his surrogacy plans

By Robyn Merrett
May 07, 2020 06:10 PM
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Lance Bass, Michael Turchin
Lances Bass and Michael Turchin
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Lance Bass is not "giving up" on starting a family after experiencing multiple miscarriages via surrogate.

The 41-year-old singer recently opened up to PEOPLE about what it has been like trying to expand his brood, and how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has impacted the process.

"Coronavirus has definitely affected [our plans to have a baby]," Bass tells PEOPLE. "We had bad luck around August and September of last year."

The former *NSYNC member explains that he and husband Michael Turchin were expecting when their surrogate became pregnant with twins. However, "we lost both of them."

Bass also revealed in March that after their ninth attempt at reaching fatherhood via an egg donor, it ended in heartbreak after their surrogate lost a baby boy at eight weeks gestation.

Despite the devastating news, Bass remains positive about his and Turchin's future. "We realized it's so common. We're trying not to get discouraged. The process has been so long," he says, adding that right before the pandemic intensified, he and Turchin had found a new donor.

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Michael Turchin (L) and Lance Bass
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"We wanted to bring her out to California and that was all [supposed to be] happening this month. Because of coronavirus, we can't fly her out here. I don't know when we can start creating the embryos. But hopefully sometime this year. We're not giving up," Bass adds.

During a March interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bass opened up about the most recent surrogate miscarriage, explaining it has been difficult to process.

"You try to trick yourself into not getting excited because you know anything can happen at any time, especially in those first few weeks when there's a huge possibility that the [embryos] won't stick," he told ET. "You keep telling yourself that and trying not to get your hopes up, but you're always going to have those thoughts in the back of your brain where you're already planning out their lives."

He added, "That's the thing that sucks — you can't help yourself from thinking those thoughts and having this perfect world scenario in your mind. Getting over that has been hard."

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Bass, who tied the knot with Turchin in December 2014, explained that there have been "way more downs than ups" along their journey to become parents, but that "everything happens for a reason and when it needs to happen, it'll have to happen."

"I'm trying not to worry about it. Of course, in a perfect world I would love to have my own kids. But if it's not meant in the cards, then it's not meant in the cards and there are plenty of kids who need adopting," he told ET. "I'm not opposed to going right ahead and adopting if this fails next time."

Last August, Bass told PEOPLE Now that he and Turchin have hit a lot of "walls" on their path to parenthood, but have grown closer with each failed attempt at in vitro fertilization (IVF).

"Going through a huge life moment like that, it does bond you," he said at the time. "It puts you on this different level of relationship — it's beyond being in love with him; you're this partner now, and you're creating this life that now it's no longer about yourselves, it's no longer about you as a couple. It's about someone else."

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Lance Bass
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He added, "That selflessness — I can't wait to feel what that feels like."

In addition to growing his family, Bass is also introducing a new project with Vanderpump Rules star Jax Taylor. On Tuesday, the duo introduced Just Add X non-alcoholic cocktail mixers.

They had originally planned to launch Just Add X in June at Virgin Music Festival but in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, that simply wasn't possible.

"What's ironic about the whole thing is one of the reasons we started this company last year was because we saw the trend, people wanting to drink more at home. We had no idea that this lockdown would happen. It's exactly what's needed right now," Bass says.