Justin Timberlake talks parenting fears in new interview
Justin Timberlake’s boy band days are behind him, but his career is still on fire. His song Can’t Fight The Feeling (you know, the one from the Trolls movie that you kids keep singing over and over) was just nominated for an Oscar. He’s currently working on a new album and is set to star in a Woody Allen film opposite Kate Winslet later this year. But confidence at work doesn’t always equal confidence in raising a child. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he reveals that superstar or not, he shares the same parenting fears as the rest of us.
Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel have an adorable one-year-old son named Silas. The couple is hilariously honest on social media about their parenting struggles. Timberlake has even spoken out about the joy that is wiping butts. While he might look like the perfect dad, he admits that learning how to parent was rough. “At first, it broke me down,” he said. “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,” he said.
With celebrities it’s easy to imagine every aspect of their lives is as perfect as the airbrushed photos of them we see in magazines. You assume Timberlake and Biel must have the best nannies or maybe a professional baby whisperer on staff to make sure their little one never even cries. It’s nice to know we’re not the only ones who feel like we’re barely hanging on when it comes to caring for a baby.
Timberlake also opened up about his realization that no one’s childhood is perfect, and how those rocky moments we experience as kids inevitably impact us as adults. “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,’ ” he said. “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’s tapping into one the biggest parenting fears for many of us — that no matter how hard we try, we’ll still do something that will mess our kids up in the long run. And he’s right. Everyone has parts of their childhood they wish they could change, moments they cringe to think back on. But average person like us or superstar like Timberlake, we have to know that there’s no such thing as a perfect parent.
All we can do is love our kids, try our best and hope they understand when they grow up. And if you’re Timberlake, singing a lullaby or two probably wouldn’t hurt either.