Justin Timberlake reveals why he left *NSYNC

Justin Timberlake is opening up about the end of *NYSNC in a new interview with “The Hollywood Reporter.” 

While the band never officially broke up, Justin says he decided to leave because after a stadium tour he felt “the whole thing was too big," He notes, "It started as a fun snowball fight that was becoming an avalanche.” 

Justin also felt that he was putting more into the band than others. “I was growing out of it,” he explains. “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."

Among the other revelations in the article:

  • Justin discusses how becoming a father has made him revisit issues from his past. "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!'"
  • He talks about rooming with Ryan Gosling during their days on “The New Mickey Mouse Club," but admits, “We aren't the closest of friends, for whatever reason.” He says the experience taught him a lot about show business, noting, “It was like 'SNL' for children." 
  • As for Justin’s next album, he offers, “It sounds more like where I've come from than any other music I've ever made," adding, "It's Memphis. It's Southern American music. But I want to make it sound modern — at least that's the idea right now."
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