Lou Pearlman was a complicated figure among the bands he managed.
Lance Bass talked to ET's Carly Steele on the 2016 MTV VMA red carpet Sunday, where he opened up about the 62-year-old manager, who died in prison last week while serving a 25-year sentence for orchestrating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in American history.
"You never want to hear [of] anyone passing away, and I will never speak ill of the dead," the 37-year-old singer explained, "but it's very conflicting feelings, of course."
Pearlman, who was convicted in 2008 for his involvement in a scheme that swindled 1,700 investors out of a half-billion dollars, was also sued by most of the acts he managed -- the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, O-Town, LFO, Take 5, Natural and Aaron Carter -- for fraud and misrepresentation.
"We didn't have the best relationship at all, but if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have met four of my best friends," Bass added. "The worst way to go, I think, is dying in prison so... if you believe in karma, he got his in the end."
Bass and many of his fellow boybanders have expressed mixed emotions after Pearlman’s death.