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Justin's parents married quite young and divorced when their son was not even five years old. Soon his mother remarried, and his father also started a second family, in which two more sons appeared. Justin's parents managed to maintain friendly relations, so he never felt neglected and got along well with his stepbrothers.
The boy's musical abilities began to manifest themselves in early childhood. His grandfather taught Justin to play the guitar, and his father often took him to his concerts. From an early age, his idol was Michael Jackson, and often, as soon as he heard the sounds of any of his songs, the boy would start dancing, imitating the pop king's famous "moonwalk".
It's not surprising that at the age of 12, Justin made it to television: first to the program StarSearch ("In Search of a Star"), where he performed simple country-style songs, and then to the children's entertainment show "The Mickey Mouse Club". There he met Britney Spears, who became his girlfriend a few years later, and JC Chasez, his future N'Sync bandmate.
The boy band quickly became incredibly popular, and its members became favorites among millions of fans around the world. N'Sync performed at the most prestigious venues worldwide, and their albums sold in huge numbers.
The next album from N'Sync, titled "Celebrity", was released in the summer of 2001 and was a significant event in the pop music world. The album's success came thanks to hits such as "Pop", "Girlfriend", and "Gone", all written by Justin Timberlake.
It was in this second album that Justin's songwriting talent became apparent. The single "Pop" won four MTV VMA awards and was recognized as the most successful hit of the year.
Indeed, the success of the young singer's debut album, "Justified", released that same year, exceeded all of Justin's expectations, and his fans were able to see that their idol had his own unique musical style. The tracks "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body" were particularly loved by the public. Within a year, Justin had won two Grammy Awards and entered the top twenty of the world's wealthiest and most successful performers.
His second album, "FutureSex/LoveSounds", released in 2006, was even more successful than his debut – the R&B style was at its peak of popularity at that time, in large part thanks to Justin. For this album, Timberlake collaborated with successful songwriter, rapper, and producer Timbaland, which influenced the entire content of the original album.
With several Grammys, 10 million album sales, and a music video featuring Scarlett Johansson, the singer could have considered this year the most successful in his career. However, after a brief break and collaborations with Beyonce, Madonna, and Lonely Island, in 2013 Timberlake released his most conceptual album – "The 20/20 Experience".
This record stands out in the singer's discography due to a change in musical style - there are many measured and long compositions in the neo-soul genre and various sound experiments. Timberlake recorded the single "Suit & Tie" with Jay-Z, and the music video for this track was directed by none other than David Fincher (director of "Fight Club" and "The Social Network").
In 2018, Justin Timberlake presented his fourth album called "Man of the Woods" to the listeners, once again showing himself as a pop performer who is not afraid to experiment with style. For the album, the singer recorded collaborative tracks with Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys.
His debut was in the crime drama "Edison" (2005), where he played the young journalist Pollack, and the main roles were performed by Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman. In the same year, the budding actor starred in the high-profile crime thriller about drug trafficking "Alpha Dog" by Nick Cassavetes. The film brought together actors such as Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis, and Sharon Stone.
In 2006, Timberlake appeared in the musical drama "Black Snake Moan" with Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci. Another significant role for him was participation in David Fincher's biopic about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, "The Social Network" (2010), which also starred Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield.
Later, Timberlake decided to loosen up even more and started acting in comedies - many enjoyed his funny roles in "Bad Teacher" with Cameron Diaz and "Friends with Benefits" with Mila Kunis in 2011. His roles in the action-dystopia "In Time" (2011) with Amanda Seyfried and the Coen Brothers' musical drama "Inside Llewyn Davis" with Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan were more serious.
In 2016, Timberlake voiced one of the characters in the popular animated film "Trolls," and his song for this animation, "Can't Stop The Feeling," was nominated for an Oscar.
In 2018, a new film starring Justin Timberlake was released in Russia - Woody Allen's drama "Wonder Wheel", which also starred Kate Winslet and James Belushi.
A few years later, the young artist began dating Cameron Diaz. This romance also lasted four years and ended with a breakup.
Actress and model Jessica Biel managed to tame the volatile handsome man and marry him. 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.
In 2019, rumors surfaced online 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 indeed on the verge of a breakup, but a few months later, it became known that they were expecting another baby.
Soon the lovers reconciled, and in July 2020, Justin and Jessica became parents for the second time - they had another boy.
Also in 2020, Timberlake returned to music and released the composition "Don’t Slack" together with Anderson Paak. Anna Kendrick starred in the music video for the composition, which was released on Youtube.
At the beginning of 2021, the drama "Palmer" premiered on Apple TV with Justin in the leading role. He plays Eddie Palmer, a former football player, now a recovering addict and a school janitor, who takes under his wing a neighbor's orphan boy. The film received high ratings from both viewers and critics, who called this role the best in Timberlake's career.
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