“He calls and I was like ‘So, how is your day going?’ And he was like, ‘Well, just got off the phone with two presidents and Oprah, so pretty good.’”

Lance Bass recalling his conversation with Jason Collins the day the NBA pro announced he is gay. On his SiriusXM radio show Tuesday, the pop singer explained how Collins sought out his guidance — Bass, as you recall, made headlines in 2006 when he came out of the closet. He added that he relates to Collins’s slow decision to go public: Just as his playing schedule left the athlete no time to mull the decision, Bass was preoccupied with busy concert tours; Collins said he had his revelation during the lockout, just as Bass did when his N’Sync when on hiatus. “It was that downtime that really makes you see things.”

“It’s very emotional for me as a woman to have invested 8 years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him. So this is all hard to understand. [But] I care about him tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out.”

Carolyn Moos, a former WNBA player and Jason Collins’s ex-fiancee, with whom he broke up in 2009, telling TMZ she had no idea he was gay.

“You’re sort of waiting around for somebody else to. . . raise their hand. I’m ready to raise my hand but, you know, you still look around like, ‘Okay, come on, guys.’”

Jason Collins on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, on his revelation that he would have to be the first active NBA player to come out. (More: Jason Collins on ‘GMA’: It’s ‘mind-boggling’ to be the first)