Justin Timberlake has really opened up about being a dad to 2-year-old Silas, his son with actress wife Jessica Biel.
In a surprisingly candid new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 38-year-old Can’t Stop The Feeling singer admitted that fatherhood didn’t always come easily.
“At first, it broke me down,” he confessed.
“Those first 8 months felt like those old [Ed Sullivan] shows where people are balancing spinning plates on poles, except if you drop one, they die.”
Firstly, Justin gets a 10/10 from us for this spot-on parenting analogy ??
And secondly, we can def relate to what he’s saying here. We so remember how that new, life-altering responsibility can be incredibly overwhelming (and stressful), especially when you’re running on next-to-no sleep ?
But the star didn’t just reflect on the past few years. He also talked about his atypical childhood in the interview, and explored how that affects him as a dad today.
(If you remember, Justin found fame at the age of 11 in The New Mickey Mouse Club alongside Britney and Ryan Gosling, and then went on to become a pop megastar in *NSYNC as a teenager.)
“I have some faint images from my childhood, but no, I can’t really remember not being famous,” he told the publication. “I think we can all agree that I did not have a normal childhood.”
“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,’
“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!’”
He also revealed that he’s not sure whether he’d want a grown-up Silas to mirror his career in the spotlight…
“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.”
But for all the cloudy moments of uncertainty and stress that being a parent can bring, there’s often a silver lining. And for Justin, it seems it’s getting to share what he does with his son:
“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.”
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