The 37-year-old singer has just published his autobiographical book, ‘Hindsight’, in which he recounts unknown details of his childhood, his love of actress Jessica Biel and the evolution of his career.
Of Justin Timberlake’s 37 years of life (Memphis, 1981), 26 have been spent on stage. His passion for music from an early age has led him to join two outstanding groups: The Mickey Mouse Club and the quintet N´Sync. But when he launched his solo career, was when the performer, began to experiment with music and know himself more deeply. Shortly after becoming a father for the first time, the singer goes back in time to reflect on his past, his present and what he still expects from the future, in an autobiographical book, Hindsight, published by Harper Collins, which went on sale at the end of last October.
“I never wanted to be a singer. Singing was just something I could do,” says the artist in his first steps. “My relationship with music was intuitive and completely natural. You don’t think about looking at the colors, you just see them,” he added. According to the family story, it wasn’t long before Timberlake began to show off his vocal skills. In the back seat of a car, at only two years old, it was the first time the Southern man surprised his family with the performance of a song by The Eagles that was playing on the radio. “It seemed unusual, especially for a little boy like me. At least that’s what they told me,” he jokes.
His childhood wasn’t one of the simplest. At the age of two, the artist experienced divorce from his parents, Randall Timberlake and Lynn Bomar Harless, and became the only child in his mother’s and stepfather’s marriage. At school, things didn’t look any better because, according to the interpreter, “it was hard for him to relate to the other children.
Music was always his refuge. “He would come to my house, put on a cassette and absorb the songs that filled my room. What I felt when I listened to music was much better than how I felt the rest of the day,” she recalls. “We all have our problems, but we all want the same thing: human connection and a place where you feel at home. An even person who seems reserved or shy, what they want most is to relate to others. It was all I wanted,” he admits.
Things changed when Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club opened a call for new talent in 1992. Timberlake had always been a big fan of the show, so he didn’t hesitate a second to audition in Orlando, Florida. After confronting 20,000 other children side by side, the artist was selected to be part of the new cast, which was a big change in his life. “It was a mixture of emotions. I knew I had the talent for this kind of thing, but I had a hard time believing it was really happening,” explains the performer. “I was just a kid from a small town in Tennessee who watched The Mickey Mouse Club every day after school, and now I was going to be on the show. It was overwhelming,” he says.
Along with the artist were selected others who would later give much to talk about his great talent: Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, Keri Rusell and JC Chasez, his future partner N´Sync. “I loved being on the show. It filled me up in every way, it was so much fun,” recalls Timberlake. But the fun didn’t last long because the show was canceled after two seasons and the Southern had to return to the life of an average teenager. “They had turned on a switch inside me, which I was now forced to turn off,” says the singer. Shortly thereafter, in 1995, he became the youngest member of the acclaimed male quintet, N’Sync.
While it was this pop group that gave him the big push toward fame, in his autobiography, Timberlake relates the most emotional moments and his greatest inspirations to his solo project stage. According to the timeline shown by the performer, each of his albums shows a path to maturity, both emotional and musical. Justified (2002), was a quest for the approval of the public and their fellow professionals. Future Sex/Lovesound (2006) focused more on self-acceptance. The 20/20 Experience (2013) began to see the first tints of greater introspection and deeper self-investigation, which was completed with his latest album, Man of the Woods, released last February.
It is in this latest album that the artist takes the time to reflect on his life and to pay tribute to certain people through his songs. One of them is Jessica Biel, the actress and model with whom he has been married for more than six years. “She is everything,” says the performer. “She constantly surprises me with the way she is and the person she is becoming. I really hope she thinks the same of me. I am very excited to see what she will do next. Every time I wake up and see her lying next to me, I feel inspired,” he says. Mirrors is the song that sums up your feelings for her. “Not the details, but the way I felt when she touched my life,” he reveals.
But there was another event in July 2014 that forever marked the singer. He was on tour with The 20/20 Experience Tour in the city of Detroit, when he received a message from Biel saying in capital letters: “CALL ME NOW”. Timberlake turned on the mobile camera and called her immediately. After a few seconds the actress answered and before giving any word she put a positive pregnancy test in front of the camera. “We both started screaming,” says the singer. Eight months later, Timberlake and Biel welcomed three-year-old Silas Randall Timberlake.
“Having a child was the pinnacle of my life,” the artist confesses. “The things I’ve learned by becoming a father are very profound. […] It makes me constantly think about how my son will see me when he grows up, so it makes me want to be more considerate,” he admits. “If you want to know what I felt the first time I saw Silas, you have to listen to the song Can´t stop the feeling. He inspired me to write it. He is my full happiness,” he concludes.
It’s no coincidence that Timberlake wrote his memoirs while creating one of the most personal albums of his career. Something has changed within the artist and, now, he is willing to share it with the world. “Ten years ago I couldn’t have written this book,” the singer accepts. “I didn’t care what was behind me, I was only interested in what was ahead. Now I’m older and I have a place inside myself to look back and see where I was,” he says. About his future plans, everything is a little more diffuse, but he’s not worried. “I have no expectations about what comes next because I feel like I’ve done so much more than I expected to do,” says the former member of N´Sync. “As an artist, I feel much better than I’ve ever felt in my entire life.