Bad news for fans of late-'90s boy band pop: That possible ‘N Sync reunion everyone got so excited over might not be happening after all, if former member Lance Bass is to be believed.
On Tuesday, the New York Post’s Page Six declared that ‘N Sync is set to perform at this Sunday’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards as part of a musical celebration congratulating former member Justin Timberlake for receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The Post pointed to other members J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick attending a recent Timberlake gig as evidence of the coming performance.
However, on Wednesday, Bass appeared to deny these rumors on his SiriusXM radio show “Dirty Pop With Lance Bass.” Bass was vague with his statements, but he seems to be denying the possibility of an ‘N Sync reunion on Sunday.
"This morning I woke up to a lot of rumors flying that the 'N Sync reunion is happening after eleven years at the VMAs this Sunday. Well, let me tell you how this all came about. Justin Timberlake is getting the Michael Jackson [Video] Vanguard Award this Sunday at the awards, so of course people are automatically going to think we’re going to be there performing, but this is exactly how it happened and I knew these rumors were going to fly. We all came down here [to Miami] except for J.C.—J.C. stayed in California, he had to work…Joey, Chris and myself went to go see Justin’s last show with Jay Z at the [Sun Life] Stadium last Friday, and I even took a picture of it, it’s on my Instagram…I think that’s what started the rumor that there’s going to be this big reunion with 'N Sync. It’s amazing to see the reaction out there on Twitter and social media…It’s so nice to see because when we ended things ten years ago, there was no social media, there was no Twitter, but it’s so cute to see how many people are supporting and 'N Sync was even trending."
Nowhere in his statement does Bass explicitly deny the ‘N Sync reunion. Instead, he heavily implies that the New York Post let its imagination run out of control. However, it’s still possible that Bass is working to throw the press off the trail of the ‘N Sync reunion. After all, Vulture notes, Michelle Williams denied that a Destiny’s Child reunion was in the works at the Super Bowl this year, but that’s exactly what happened at the big game.
Check out Bass’ statement below and decide for yourself if the ‘N Sync reunion really is happening.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.