Justin Timberlake Admits He’s Realized A Lot by Not Knowing Anything

Justin Timberlake spoke exclusively with Variety about balancing his work and his family life, and the next steps in his career.

In an interview that took place in a bar in Soho over rounds of Vesper martinis, Timberlake expressed how his priorities have shifted now that he is a parent to his son Silas alongside his wife, Jessica Biel.

“I wouldn’t go on tour next week, because I wanna be with my son,” Timberlake said. “I wanna be with my wife. What does touring even look like for me now? … As men, we’re always taught at a young age to be a man and have your priorities in order. And you get to a point where you’re like, ‘It’s not about “being a man” — it’s about fulfillment.’ Which is a totally different thing.”

He opened about how acting in a film by Woody Allen, one of his heroes, has led him to drink. “All day I’m thinking about what Woody was going to say to me on set, like, ‘Man, he’s gonna annihilate me.’ I think we all have a level of anxiety. I have it. I’ve had panic attacks,” confessed Timberlake.

Timberlake offered a description of the new music that he’s working on for fans that are awaiting the follow-up to The 20/20 Experience. “If ‘20/20’ sounded like it literally surrounds your entire head, this stuff feels more like it just punches you between the eyes,” he told Variety. 

The artist said that he’s learned to open himself up creatively rather than base the destination of his career on an ideal goal.

“You’ll notice I say ‘I don’t know’ a lot,” he told the interviewer. “And you know the reason why? Because I don’t f—king know! I’ve realized that I don’t really know anything, and when you realize that, you realize a lot.“

That said, he’s taking his time releasing his next project. “I’m just in the now of now. I think it’s an effect of just enjoying my life more,” said Timberlake. “For a long time I lived my life for a lot of other people, or for the idea that those other people had an idea of me. And whatever — there’s a guy who’s gonna wake up tomorrow and transfer an organ from one body to another and save someone’s life — so what are we even doing?”

Read the full interview in its entirety over on Variety.com or in the October 25, 2016 issue of Variety.