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Biography of Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake is a popular American pop, r&b, soul singer, songwriter, and actor. Having started his musical career in the N’Sync boy band, the musician managed to successfully go solo, becoming one of the most famous and respected American performers.
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Childhood and youth
Justin was born on January 31, 1981 in southern Tennessee to a religious and incredibly musical family. In his hometown of Memphis, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis once began their path to fame. Justin’s father, Randall Timberlake, played guitar in the band and conducted the Baptist church choir on holidays and weekends. His grandfather was also an excellent guitarist and even had a friendship with Elvis Presley in his youth.
Justin Timberlake as a child
Justin’s parents got married very young and divorced when their son was not yet five years old. Soon his mother remarried, and his father also got a second family, in which two more sons appeared. Justin’s parents managed to maintain friendly relations, so he never felt left out and got along well with his half-brothers.
Justin Timberlake grew up as a happy boy
The boy’s musical abilities began to manifest themselves in early childhood. Grandfather taught Justin to play the guitar, and his father often took him to his concerts. From an early age, Michael Jackson was his idol, and often, just hearing the sounds of one of his songs, the boy started dancing, imitating the famous “moonwalk” of the pop king.
Justin’s musical abilities manifested themselves in childhood
Not surprisingly, at the age of 12, Justin got on television: first in the StarSearch program (“In Search of a Star”), where he performed unpretentious country songs, and then in the children’s entertainment show “Mickey Mouse Club”. There he met Britney Spears, who became his girlfriend a few years later, and Jaycee Chases, a future N’Sync bandmate.
Justin was invited to the N’Sync group when he was barely sixteen years old. Despite the fears of his mother, the guy was perfectly able to combine performances in a team with studies at school and classes in acting classes.
Justin Timberlake in his youth
Very soon, the boy band became extremely popular, and its members became the favorites of millions of fans in all corners of the planet. N’Sync performed at the world’s most prestigious venues, and their discs sold in huge numbers.
The next album of N’Sync called “Celebrity” was released in the summer of 2001 and became a big event in the world of pop music. The success of the record came thanks to the hits “Pop”, “Girlfriend” and “Gone”, which were written by Justin Timberlake.
Justin Timberlake was a member of a popular boy band
It was in the second album that Justin’s writing talent manifested itself. The single “Pop” received four MTV VMA awards and was recognized as the most successful hit of the year.
But in 2002, at the peak of his popularity, Justin decided to leave the group and start a solo career. At that time, this act seemed reckless to many, except for his mother, who always believed in her son.
Justin Timberlake started his solo career in 2002.
Indeed, the success of the young singer’s debut album Justified, released in the same year, exceeded Justin’s expectations, and his fans were able to make sure that their idol has his own original musical style. Everyone especially liked the tracks “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body”. For the year, Justin won two Grammy awards and was among the twenty richest and most successful world performers.
His second album “FutureSex/LoveSounds”, released in 2006, was even more successful than his debut – the r&b style was then at the peak of popularity and largely thanks to Justin. On this album, Timberlake collaborated with successful songwriter, rapper and producer Timbaland, which left a mark on the entire content of the original record.
The popularity of Justin Timberlake has been gaining inconceivable momentum every year
With several Grammys, 10 million CD sales and a video with Scarlett Johansson, the singer could have considered this the most successful year of his career, but after a short break and duets with Beyoncé, Madonna and Lonely Island, in 2013 Timberlake released his most concept album. – The 20/20 Experience.
This record stands out against the background of the artist’s entire work by changing the musical style – here you can hear many measured and long compositions in the neo-soul style, various experiments with sound. The single “Suit & Tie” Timberlake recorded with Jay-Z, and the video for this track was shot by David Fincher himself (director of “Fight Club” and “The Social Network”). In 2018, Justin Timberlake presented his fourth album, Man of the Woods, to the audience, in which he again showed himself as a pop artist who is not afraid to experiment with style. For the record, the singer recorded joint tracks with Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys.
Justin Timberlake is a very versatile artist, in addition to a brilliant musical career, he also distinguished himself with film roles. The fame of a pop singer absolutely does not prevent Justin from transforming into his characters. He skillfully combines filming with success in music, for some time he even wanted to devote himself entirely to this art.
Justin Timberlake tried himself as an actor
He made his debut in the crime drama Edison (2005), where he played the young journalist Pollock, and the main roles were played by Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman. In the same year, the aspiring actor starred in Nick Cassavetes’ sensational drug-dealing crime thriller Alfa Dog. The film brought together such actors as Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone.
Debut for Justin was shooting in the crime drama “Edison”
In 2006, Timberlake starred in the musical drama Black Snake Moan with Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci. Another major role for him was the participation in David Fincher’s biopic about the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg “The Social Network” (2010), which also starred Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. Later, Timberlake decided to open up even more and began acting in comedies – many liked his funny roles in The Very Bad Teacher with Cameron Diaz and Friendship with Mila Kunis in 2011. His work in the action-dystopia Time (2011) with Amanda Seyfried and the musical drama of the Coen brothers Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan became more serious.
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis
In 2016, Timberlake voiced one of the characters in the popular cartoon “Trolls”, and his song for this animation “Can’t Stop The Feeling” was nominated for an Oscar.
In 2018, Russia released a new film starring Justin Timberlake – Woody Allen’s drama “Wonder Wheel”, which also starred Kate Winslet and James Belushi.
Personal life of Justin Timberlake
At the beginning of the 2000s, the novel of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears was not discussed only by the lazy. Their love story lasted four years and ended, to the great disappointment of the fans, not with a beautiful wedding ceremony, but with the betrayal of the bride with their mutual friend. The singer was worried about Britney’s act for a long time and even wrote the song “Cry Me a River” dedicated to this, which became a super hit.
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears
A few years later, the young performer began dating Cameron Diaz. This romance also lasted four years and ended in a breakup.
Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz
But the actress and model Jessica Bill managed to tame the windy handsome man and take him down the aisle. Justin began dating her in 2007, and in April 2015, after a series of breakups and reunions, the couple had a son, Silas Randall Timberlake.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
In 2019, rumors appeared on the network that Timberlake had cheated on his wife – numerous photos appeared on social networks where Timberlake was hugging his colleague, Alisha Wainwright. After this scandal, the couple was really on the verge of a quarrel, but a few months later it became known that they were expecting another baby.
Alisha, Justin and Silas on a walk
Soon, the lovers reconciled, and already in July 2023, Justin and Jessica became parents for the second time – they had another boy.
Justin Timberlake now
In 2019, Justin Timberlake could be seen in the Fresh Leaves Spring video collaboration with Levi’s. In the same year, he worked on the voice acting of one of the characters in the cartoon “Trolls. World Tour”. It premiered on the big screen in 2023.
Also in 2023, Timberlake returned to music and released “Don’t Slack” with Anderson Park. Anna Kendrick starred in the video for the composition, which was released on Youtube.
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