JT Comes Out After Lance

7/19/2007 12:41 PM PDT

JT Comes Out After Lance

Lance Bass woke up this morning feeling a bit used -- and it's all Justin Timberlake's fault.

JT opened up a new restaurant in NYC last night -- but he didn't want to be photographed leaving the place with girlfriend Jessica Biel. Yeah, big secret. Thankfully for Justin, Lance -- an expert in outings -- was there to help.

As TMZ cameras waited outside JT's Southern Hospitality, Justin sent buddy Lance out as a decoy. Lance and his hot model boyfriend drew photogs down the street for their exit -- even though Lance's ride was parked right out front!

JT and Biel then made a quick dash to their waiting SUV, with flashlight-brandishing bodyguards surrounding them as they made a run for it. Justin even sent a special message to snapping cameras by flipping the bird in their direction. That's southern hospitality for ya!