When I was 13 and silly, J.C. was my favorite dude from ‘NSync, and oh, how I loved him. But these days, I’m willing to admit how wrong I was and embrace the beauty and perfection that is Justin Timberlake. Just don’t tell my 13-year-old self, ok? Because she would throw a fit in the worst way.
These emotions all came up today as I was reading through some of Justin’s quotes in the July issue of Vanity Fair. Let me share some of his words and then you can tell me of your growing fondness, all right?
On Jessica Biel: “She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. In my 30 years, she is the most special person, O.K.? … I don’t want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me—for instance, her.”
On marriage: “I think the mistake is that people commit to who that person is right then and not the person they’re going to become. That’s the art of staying together, is changing together,” he says. “When you say it like that, it seems damn near impossible, right?”
On Britney Spears: “I wish her the best—that goes without saying. We haven’t spoken in 9 or 10 years. We were two birds of the same feather—small-town kids, doing the same thing. But then you become adults, and the way you were as kids doesn’t make any sense. I won’t speak on her, but at least for me, I was a totally different person,” he says. “I just don’t think we were normal; there was nothing normal about our existence. We spent way too much time being the biggest thing for teenyboppers. It was exciting that we were having so much success and we could do whatever we wanted. And I mean that about everybody: Backstreet Boys, ’NSync, Britney, Christina. At that time, we could literally go, ‘Oh, man, let’s go to Bali,’ and we’d be on a plane to Bali. We were little kids with big toys. You do the math—that’s not going to last.”
On big toys: Some very big toys, indeed, as Timberlake recalls that on the set of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, “Ryan [Gosling] and I used to steal golf carts and go driving in the middle of the park to get milk shakes, and we never got in trouble for it. We thought we were big shit.”
On his future in music: “I wouldn’t say I’m not going to put out another [album]. I would say that would be a bad bet, if you were betting. But I could see myself only doing one more big tour.”
On being naked in Friends with Benefits: “It was fun, but I can’t say I’m going to be butt-naked in a movie again. I only did it because I’m young now, and everything’s where it’s supposed to be. I figured this is the time, before gravity gets the best of me.”
Is he not just the most charming former boybander you ever saw? So smart and respectful and willing to talk about breaking laws with Ryan Gosling. Has anyone else changed her mind about the best ‘Nsync member, because this girl certainly just did.