Former 'N Sync star Lance Bass has rubbished tabloid reports that his relationship with reality TV star REICHEN LEHMKUHL is on the rocks and insists the pair are closer than ever. The BYE BYE BYE singer publicly announced he was gay last month (JUL06) and in a committed relationship with Lehmkuhl. Bass explains, "We are very happy. It's nice to be able to go out and be yourself. We're always out. It's just now people are paying attention, I guess. It's funny." Lehmkuhl confirms that the couple are still going strong adding, "We love to keep it mellow. It's really nice right now to enjoy private time together. "We're normal just like anybody else, (going to) the beach, movies, the pool." Lehmkuhl claims Bass has no regrets about his decision to go public with the relationship adding, "I'm just really proud of Lance and the decision he made. "He did it all on his own and I just stood by and supported him. It's just been great."