It was one of the biggest news of the early 2000s: Justin Timberlake left NSYNC in 2002 and he never looked back. In this latest interview, Timberlake opened up about why he left a wildly successful boyband that made him a household name.
The band, which also included Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, never announced an official breakup. They went on hiatus in 2002, but Timberlake then started working on his album Justified. Since then, the band never toured again and Chasez and Bass both launched their solo careers, too.
Justin Timberlake Was Traumatized By Fame
It certainly wasn’t a normal childhood for the former NSYNC member. Justin Timberlake remembered that at one point, while they were touring in Germany, they passed by a dirt road and screaming girls were waiting and running after their bus.
Although he remained grateful for it and he had lots of fond memories of touring with the band, Timberlake said it was not a childhood he would want for his son. He has a 22-month-old son, Silas, with actress Jessica Biel. But if he really wants it, the musician said he would teach his son “a lot about what not to do.”
His decision to walk away from the group came while they were in a stadium. He felt “like the whole thing was too big.” Ultimately, he felt that he was growing out of it and he cared more for the music than the others in the group did. Timberlake told Hollywood Reporter that he also wanted to do other music, so he needed to follow his heart.
Justin The Musician And Actor
At the 2002 MTV Music Awards, Timberlake followed his heart and performed solo for the first time. His Like I Love You hit No. 11 in the Billboard Hot 100 and his album Justified went on to sell three million copies.
Since then, he has won a Grammy Award, sold 26 million albums, and became an increasingly accomplished actor (he will star alongside Kate Winslet in a Woody Allen movie). Right now, at Hollywood’s award season, Timberlake is nominated for an Oscar for his song Can’t Stop The Feeling! This is his first nomination for an Academy Award.
He wrote the tune for Trolls, the same movie in which he voiced a troll named Branch. Soon enough, the song became Justin Timberlake’s first No. 1 single in a decade, selling 2.4 million downloads.