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Justin Timberlake Reveals Why He Didn’t Take Lance Bass’ Call on ‘Celebrity’s’ Anniversary

Lance Bass doesn’t have to sing “Tell Me, Tell Me” anymore. Justin Timberlake finally explained why he didn’t take his fellow *NSYNC member’s phone call the other day.

JT’s unavailability wasn’t anything personal, and it came as Bass was in a celebratory mood. In an Instagram video he shared Sunday (July 25), Bass was calling up his fellow boy banders to mark the 20th anniversary of Celebrity, their fourth studio album, which was released July 24, 2001. “To celebrate…. Let’s check in with the fellas,” Bass captioned the video.

The clip shows him FaceTiming his pals one by one, starting with Chris Kirkpatrick, and continuing with Joey Fatone, and JC Chasez. Each one picks up and happily greets him, only for Bass to quickly say he’s too busy to chat, and to call him back later. But he got a different reception when he called Timberlake. After the FaceTime rings a few times, Bass is quickly notified that JT is “unavailable.”

The “SexyBack” later hopped into the comments section on Bass’ video post to explain why he didn’t pick up. “Once those babies show up… your unavailability will all make sense, bro,” he explained with three laughing-crying emojis. Responded Bass, who is expecting twins: “Touche!”

After Timberlake’s response, Bass shared a video of himself on TikTok and Instagram Stories that showed him dancing. Over it, he wrote, “When JT finally responds to my text…” with a screengrab of the Trolls voice actor’s comment below.

Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel welcomed their second child, Phineas, in 2020. Son Silas was born in 2015, three years after the couple married.

Bass announced in June that he and husband Michael Turchin are expecting a boy and a girl in November. “It has been quite the journey,” Bass told People magazine at the time. The pair had been trying to have children for years via surrogacy, and suffered a miscarriage. “Because of what we’ve been through the last four years, we were very cautious to get excited. And it kind of sucks because when you find out you’re pregnant, you want to celebrate with your family. You start planning their future in your head already, but we were so scared because we didn’t want to go through the pain again of losing them.”

Since its release, Celebrity has sold more than five million copies, certified five-times platinum by the RIAA by August 2001. It also spent 43 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at No. 1 in August 2001.

See Bass’ video of himself calling his bandmates, and JT’s response below: