Justin Timberlake Gets Real About Why He Left *NSYNC

Justin Timberlake on Fatherhood, His Uncertain Future and Being Best Friends with Jimmy Fallon
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Honestly, I feel like this is just water under the bridge at this point. Does Justin really need to talk about why he left his boy band? It was obviously because he knew that he could be the break out star and he had a producer like Timbaland wanting to work with him, you can’t blame him.

Justin recently did a pretty candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where he got real about why he left the band at the height of their success, and personally I was a bit shocked at his answer. The guys are probably still a little salty about the break up and his answer? It just rubs salt in the wound.

“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.”

I mean, ouch. Saying he just cared more about the music than they did? Ouch.

The interview is actually a pretty good one though, so I would click the link above and check out more but here are some other interesting parts of the interview.

On being famous since a young age : “I was about 15 or 16 years old. We’d just given a concert in Germany at a festival on this huge field. And we were in the tour bus afterward, driving on a dirt road, and I looked out the window and saw all these young, impressionable females running after the bus.” He shrugs his shoulders and gets to the point of the story: “I think we can all agree that I did not have a normal childhood.”

On his childhood : “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,’ ” he says. “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 his new album : “It sounds more like where I’ve come from than any other music I’ve ever made,” he describes what he’s been working on. “It’s Memphis. It’s Southern American music. But I want to make it sound modern — at least that’s the idea right now.”

So there you have it, some great excerpts from the interview. One thing I found interesting was that he said he wasn’t very friendly with Ryan Gosling, someone that he once lived with while they were both in the ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ it makes you wonder if something went down.

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