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 f-ck 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.