Justin Timberlake is one of the most successful musicians and actors of his generation. From his days as a member of *NSYNC to his solo career and acting roles, he has taken the entertainment world by storm. But despite his high profile, there are still some things that fans might not know about him. Here are five weird Justin Timberlake facts you’re dying to know.
He was almost a member of another boy band
Before joining *NSYNC, Justin Timberlake almost became a member of another popular boy band: the Backstreet Boys. In the late 1990s, Timberlake auditioned for the group but was ultimately turned down. Instead, he joined *NSYNC and became one of the most recognizable members of the quintet.
Although he didn’t end up in the Backstreet Boys, Timberlake has remained close with some of its members over the years. In fact, he even collaborated with Backstreet Boy AJ McLean on a song called “Heart Attack” in 2019.
He has a phobia of snakes
As comfortable as Timberlake seems on stage, there’s one thing that really scares him: snakes. In interviews, he has admitted to having a serious phobia of the slithery reptiles. According to Timberlake, his fear started when he was a child and was bitten by a snake at summer camp.
Despite his aversion to snakes, Timberlake has managed to keep his cool when coming face-to-face with them. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2016, he managed to hold a giant python without freaking out too much.
He owns a golf course
In addition to his music and acting careers, Timberlake has also invested in a surprising venture: a golf course. In 2013, he became an investor in the Mirimichi Golf Course in Memphis, Tennessee. The course is known for being environmentally friendly, with features like solar-powered golf carts and sustainable landscaping.
Timberlake has always been a fan of golf and has even participated in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament several times. His investment in Mirimichi shows that he’s serious about the sport and his commitment to sustainability.
He has a connection to the Memphis Grizzlies
While Timberlake is from Tennessee, he’s not exactly known for his sports affiliations. However, he does have a connection to the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team. In 2012, he became a minority owner of the team, which allowed him to get involved with the organization.
In addition to attending games, Timberlake has also helped promote the team by participating in events and creating merchandise. His involvement has helped raise the profile of the Grizzlies both locally and nationally.
He once had a prank show
Back in the mid-2000s, Timberlake was involved with a short-lived prank show called “Punk’d.” The show, which was created by Ashton Kutcher, featured celebrities being pranked in various ways. Timberlake was one of the hosts of the show and helped pull off some memorable pranks.
One of the most famous pranks was when Timberlake convinced his *NSYNC bandmate Joey Fatone that his house was being repossessed. Fatone was understandably upset until Timberlake revealed that it was all a joke. Other celebrities who were pranked on the show included Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Halle Berry.