Justin Timberlake: Leaving N’Sync Was “One of the Worst/Best Things” He’s Ever Done
“It’s one of the best/worst things I have ever done,” Timberlake admitted on Sunday’s premiere of Oprah’s Master Class. “It was bittersweet. It was hard to say goodbye to that era, but I felt it changing. I felt music changing. I felt myself changing.
The “Mirrors” singer, who was only 21 when he left the band, followed his instincts despite everyone around him warning him not to, knowing he was ready to do things on his own.
And he was right. His first solo album Justified went on to win two Grammy Awards. However, even by the time his second solo album released, people still weren’t sure he was for real.
“I had to convince people that ‘SexyBack’ was my song,” Justin revealed. “They didn’t even think it was me… People thought it was a joke.”
Watch the video above to learn the rest of the struggles that came along with the singer’s decision to go from boy-bander to solo pop artist.