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'N Sync's Lance Bass talks proposal to Michael Turchin: 'I was pretty nervous'

Singer Lance Bass, best known for his work with boy band 'N Sync, is engaged to be married to his partner Michael Turchin. Bass reportedly proposed shortly after 'N Sync reunited briefly at the MTV Video Music Awards, while the pair were in New Orleans. 

Bass Instagrammed a photo of himself with Turchin on Sunday, writing, "He said YES!! Love this man @michaelturchinart".

He spoke about the engagement on his "Dirty Pop with Lance Bass" SiriusXM radio show Sunday, saying he had brought friends from his hometown of Laurel, Miss. and Los Angeles to the Big Easy, where Turchin (who he calls "Turkey") has roots. "I thought it was the perfect combination of (people and location) to do what I've been wanting to do for a while, which is propose," Bass said.

He admitted to having a little trouble in locating the right ring to propose with: "Trying to find a ring (in New Orleans was) impossible," he said. "They don't make guy rings; someone needs to start ... a line (of) gay man rings." 

Bass ended up at Saks Fifth Avenue and purchased a David Yurman ring for the big moment. On the way to a karaoke bar called Cat's Meow, he pulled Turchin toward a park outside a church and popped the question. "I always knew that's where I wanted to propose," he said.

"I got down on one knee and I proposed, right in front of Jackson Square, my favorite place," he said. "I was pretty nervous."

"And I had no idea," said Turchin, who was also at the radio show.

A passing couple told the newly-engaged duo that they had also proposed in the same spot and just gotten married. They told Bass, "We just saw you propose, can we please take your camera and take a picture (of you) on your knee?' So I will have that for the rest of my life."

Bass and Turchin began dating in Dec. 2011. 'N Sync broke up in 2003, and Bass publicly announced he was gay in July, 2006.