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Justin Timberlake: ‘So Far, So Great’
This year Justin Timberlake has been showing us why he’s the new king of pop, bringing «sexy back» with four No. 1 singles, four movies, a hit album and a sold-out tour — not to mention a racy little skit he and comic Andy Samberg did for «Saturday Night Live». In it, two cocky singers package their packages as Christmas gifts for their girlfriends.
How does he describe the skit for which he won an Emmy?
«Well you know, I think it’s a thoughtful Christmas gift for somebody …» Timberlake said, laughing.
And as for bringing sexy back, where had it gone?
«I have no earthly idea», Timberlake joked to Walters.
Justin Randall Timberlake was born 26 years ago in a small town near Memphis, Tenn. At age 11, he went on the talent show «Star Search». He lost, but the following year he was cast on «The Mickey Mouse Club», and at 14 he joined the boy band N’Sync. It became one of the biggest bands in the world.
After seven years, Timberlake, the breakout star of the group, left to write and produce his own sound. Many dismissed him as a pretty face and his music as shallow pop, a description he didn’t like.
«I was … 20 years old and wanted to get as far away from that as possible», he told Walters.
Now, he said, «pop is short for popular, so … I don’t think you can be too sad about, about being in that category».
Solo, Timberlake became a megastar. He’s the only former boy-bander who’s even hotter on his own. And at a time when music sales are declining, Timberlake’s are bigger than ever.
Timberlake once said that being on stage is the closest thing to a holy experience he could imagine.
«It becomes, kind of a meditation to be on stage», he said. «It’s about having a moment or a dialogue with the crowd. However small or large they may be».
Timberlake’s personal life has also been on the upswing in the last year. After two very public relationships — and two very public breakups — first with Britney Spears and then with Cameron Diaz, now there’s a new relationship, with actress Jessica Biel.
«She’s a wonderful, wonderful person», Timberlake said.
When asked whether he thinks it will last, Timberlake said, «Well, I’ll work on that».
So far so good?
«So far, so great», he said.
Does that mean that the man Rolling Stone magazine called the «New King of Sex» thinks he’s sexy? He couldn’t say for sure, but added, «I’ll hold onto that title for as long as I can».