Just because he’s a multi-talented singer, dancer and actor, it doesn’t mean Justin Timberlake finds everything he does easy.
In fact, the star – who is dad to his 22-month-old son Silas with his wife Jessica Biel – has opened up about the rough start he had when he became a dad for the first time.
Rough Start To Fatherhood
“At first, it broke me down,” he admits to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Those first eight months felt like those old shows where people are balancing spinning plates on poles – except if you drop one, they die.”
But the 36-year-old says if it wasn’t for his son, he’d have never written his feel-good hit, Can’t Stop The Feeling, from the movie Trolls, in which he voices main character Branch.
“Watching him jump around to ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ starting to learn words because of that song — it’s the best thing in the world,” he adds.
“I’d never have written it if it weren’t for him.”
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And JT also says his own childhood memories – especially those he suppressed that weren’t the happiest – have impacted how he is as a father.
“You go through your life with your own traumas, big and small, and think, ‘It’s not that bad, I have a lot to be thankful for, my parents did the best they could,’ ” he adds.
“But then you have a child of your own, and suddenly it opens all the floodgates, and you’re like, ‘No, no, no! That childhood trauma really did f— me up!’”
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Justin, who rose to fame at an early age after appearing on The Mickey Mouse Club, says he’s not sure if he wants his son to follow in his footsteps.
“Would I want my child to follow my path? You know, I haven’t been able to answer that question in my mind. If he wanted it bad enough, I suppose I could teach him a lot about what not to do,” he says.
“I have some faint images from my childhood. [But] I can’t really remember not being famous.”
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