Justin Timberlake Reveals Why He Really Said ‘Bye Bye Bye’ to *NSYNC
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Justin Timberlake Reveals Why He Really Said ‘Bye Bye Bye’ to *NSYNC


Justin Timberlake is finally revealing why he left *NSYNC nearly 15 years after the group split for good.

The singer obviously launched his own solo career and became a mega star in his own right, but his reasons for leaving the boy band are a tad shady.

"We were on a stadium tour, and I just felt like the whole thing was too big," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It started as a fun snowball fight that was becoming an avalanche."

The “Sexy Back” singer’s comments only get shadier from here.

"And also, I was growing out of it. I felt like I cared more about the music than some of the other people in the group,” he continues.


Shots. Fired.  


“And I felt like I had other music I wanted to make and that I needed to follow my heart."

Jessica Biel’s husband is now a huge solo artist and accomplished actor, but he doesn’t necessarily prefer one over the other.

"I want to do both things. I really do idolize the golden era of Hollywood, when actors were required to sing and move,” he says.

“But I'm just following my gut in the decisions that I make about what I'm going to do next. I'm mostly just glad this is all working out because I really can't do anything else.”

Though he’s taken a little break from music — besides releasing his Oscar-nominated song “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” of course — the 36-year-old is looking forward to putting out some new tunes soon.

“It sounds more like where I've come from than any other music I've ever made," he reveals.

"It's Memphis. It's Southern American music. I want to make it sound modern — at least that's the idea right now."

Though music and acting have his heart, the triple threat is just happy being a dad to son Silas, though the first year was a tad tricky.

“At first, it broke me down. Those first eight months felt like those old [Ed Sullivan] shows where people are balancing spinning plates on poles — except if you drop one, they die."

While we’re happy Justin’s had great success on his own, we are still a little sad he left *NSYNC all those years ago.