Timberlake speaks about his initial struggle with fatherhood.
At first, it broke me down. Those first eight months felt like those old [Ed Sullivan] shows where people are balancing spinning plates on poles – except if you drop one, they die. 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 fuck me up!..I have some faint images from my [own] childhood but no, I can’t really remember not being famous. I was about 15 or 16 years old, [NSYNC] were just given a concert in Germany at a festival on this huge field. And we were in the tour bus afterward, driving on a dirt road, and I looked out the window and saw all these young, impressionable females running after the bus. I think we can all agree that I did not have a normal childhood…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.