Justin Timberlake Reveals Real Reason He Left *NSYNC


Music superstar and cultural icon Justin Timberlake recently sat down for an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about being a dad, being best buds with late night host Jimmy Fallon and why he decided to leave *NSYNC back in 2002.

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Yes, the 36-year-old touched on a number of topics during his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, but, I don't think he dropped a more interesting tidbit than when he revealed the real reason he left famed boy band *NSYNC.

So, why did Justin Timberlake bounce out on JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass?

Well, according to JT, it's because *NSYNC was "too big." Speaking about his decision to leave in 2002, Timberlake said,

He continued,

Damn, dude. Now who's tearing up whose heart?

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After he left *NSYNC, Justin Timberlake performed his first solo single, "Like I Love You," at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that song reached as high as No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and JT's first solo album, Justified, sold three million copies.

The rest, as they say, is history.

In case you're curious, it appears Jimmy Fallon spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and dished about how his friendship with Justin Timberlake began.


Speaking on the roots of their bromance, Fallon said,

The more you know, right?

Citations: Justin Timberlake on Fatherhood, His Uncertain Future and Being Best Friends with Jimmy Fallon (The Hollywood Reporter)