It was such a big deal when Justin Timberlake left N’Sync at the height of the band’s success in 2001. I personally didn’t care because I was a huge Backstreet Boys fan, but those N’Sync fans went crazy! Leaving was obviously the best thing for Justin’s career because he got even bigger as a solo act. Numerous number one songs and albums, and he also became a huge movie star with films like Runner Runner, The Social Network, Alpha Dog and the list goes on. Oh, and let’s not forget about those hilarious SNL skits! Now, he received a best song Oscar nomination “Can’t Stop The Music” from the Trolls soundtrack.
Justin covers the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter where he opens up about his decision to leave N’Sync, being a father and more!
On why he bailed on NSYNC: “We were on a stadium tour, and I just felt like the whole thing was too big,” says Timberlake, explaining why he decided to bail. “It started as a fun snowball fight that was becoming an avalanche. And, also, I was growing out of it. I felt like I cared more about the music than some of the other people in the group. And I felt like I had other music I wanted to make and that I needed to follow my heart.”
On being a father: “You go through your life with your own traumas, big and small, and think, ‘It’s not that bad, I have a lot to be thankful for, my parents did the best they could.’ But then you have a child of your own, and suddenly it opens all the floodgates, and you’re like, ‘No, no, no! That childhood trauma really did f— me up!’ ”
On if Silas wanted to be a performer: “Would I want my child to follow my path? You know, I haven’t been able to answer that question in my mind. If he wanted it bad enough, I suppose I could teach him a lot about what not to do.”