Justin Timberlake opens up about marriage, kids, Britney Spears, and his ‘special’ relationship with ex Jessica Biel in ‘Vanity Fair’

By April Chieffo,
Justin Timberlake talked openly about fame and relationships in the new July issue of Vanity Fair
Justin Timberlake arrives on the red carpet for the 83rd annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on February 27, 2011. UPI/Phil McCarten

Justin Timberlake opens up to the new July issue of Vanity Fair about many personal aspects of his life, including his recent split with his “special” ex-girlfriend Jessica Biel, his teen romance with Britney Spears and his outlook on marriage and family.

Timberlake, who turned 30 in January, says his relationship with Biel is the most special relationship he has had.

“I would rather not talk about her, because it’s hurtful for me,” he said. “I don’t want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me – for instance, her,” he continued. “She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. In my 30 years, she is the most special person, OK? So I protect it and until somebody shows me what would be more fulfilling at this point, that’s what I have to do.”

Although he talked protectively about his relationship with Biel, he openly talked about his relationship with the femme fatale, Britney Spears.

“We were two birds of the same feather – small-town kids, doing the same thing,” he said. “But then you become adults, and the way you were as kids doesn’t make any sense. I won’t speak on her, but at least for me, I was a totally different person… I just don’t think we were normal; there was nothing normal about our existence. We spent way too much time being the biggest thing for teenyboppers.”

He added, however, “I wish her the best – that goes without saying. We haven’t spoken in nine or 10 years.”

He had said of his “teenybopper” days, “It was exciting that we were having so much success and we could do whatever we wanted. And I mean that about everybody: Backstreet Boys, ’NSync, Britney, Christina,” Timberlake says of his early years as a pop idol. “At that time, we could literally go, ‘Oh, man, let’s go to Bali,’ and we’d be on a plane to Bali. We were little kids with big toys. You do the math—that’s not going to last.”

Timberlake, who is currently single, says he’s not sure if he wants to get married, but he is sure he wants a family.

“I don’t know,” he said of marriage, according to Access Hollywood. “If that’s what it takes for two people to make it official, then yeah, but I think that my generation looks at marriage differently.”

“I think the mistake is that people commit to who that person is right then and not the person they’re going to become. That’s the art of staying together, is changing together,” he continued. “When you say it like that, it seems damn near impossible, right?” with that in mind he said that is why celebrities date other celebrities.

“I do [want a family.]” he added, however. “And as little as six months ago I wouldn’t have even thought about that, but now it feels like a closer planet orbiting around.”

Although he plans to have a family he doesn’t plan on returning to music anytime soon, “I wouldn’t say I’m not going to put out another [album]. I would say that would be a bad bet, if you were betting,” he said, as he is focusing more on film.

He stars in two films this summer Bad Teacher with ex Cameron Diaz, and Friends with Benefits with Mila Kunis.



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