Justin Timberlake: ‘Fatherhood Broke Me Down’

Pop superstar Justin Timberlake covers the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter and opens up about family life with wife Jessica Biel and their 22-month-old son Silas.

On fatherhood: “At first, it broke me down. Those first eight months felt like those old [Ed Sullivan] shows where people are balancing spinning plates on poles — except if you drop one, they die.”

On why he bailed on NSYNC: “We were on a stadium tour, and I just felt like the whole thing was too big. 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 his childhood: “I have some faint images from my childhood. [But] I can’t really remember not being famous…. 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…. Watching him jump around to ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ starting to learn words because of that song — it’s the best thing in the world. I’d never have written it if it weren’t for him.”

For more from Justin, visit The Hollywood Reporter

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