updated 09/25/2008 AT 9:25 AM ET
•originally published 09/25/2008 AT 10:00 AM ET
“I’m happy for him,” says Bass, 29. “It’s good to see someone actually being true to who they are. I think it’s something that’s nice to share with the world, because it really does relieve a lot of pressure off of you.”
The former ‘N Sync-er (who is currently on Dancing with the Stars) adds that he believes Aiken will “live his life the way he wants to live it and that’s the best advice I can give him.”
And like Aiken (now a father to 7-week-old son Parker), Bass says he, too, hopes to have children: “But I have to find the right person to do it with. I’ve always dreamed of having a large family.”
Still, Bass jokes of Aiken s decision to share his story the same way he did: “Coming out on the cover of PEOPLE magazine? I mean, c’mon. Can’t he be just a little bit more original?”
The Clay Aiken cover story of PEOPLE hits newsstands Friday.